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Alfie (2004)

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A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writers:

Bill Naughton (play), Bill Naughton (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Alfie
Renée Taylor ... Lu Schnitman (as Renee Taylor)
Jane Krakowski ... Dorie
Jeff Harding ... Phil
Marisa Tomei ... Julie
Kevin Rahm ... Terry
Max Morris ... Max
Omar Epps ... Marlon
Nia Long ... Lonette
Gedde Watanabe ... Wing
Jo Yang ... Mrs. Wing
Tara Summers ... Carol
Sam Vincenti ... Felix
Katherine LaNasa ... Uta
Claudette Mink ... Bitter Girl
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Storyline

Finding it hard to finally settle down and commit himself to only one woman, the unrepentant philanderer and undeniable ladies' man, Alfie, is a charming British who cruises the streets of New York as a limousine chauffeur. In his impeccable suits, the silver-tongued Casanova is simply irresistible; however, things will take an unexpected turn, when a night of unrestrained passion seriously tests Alfie's frivolous approach to life. In the end, is Alfie happy, and above all, what's it all about, then? Written by Nick Riganas

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What's it all about? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's It All About, Alfie? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,314,156 (United Kingdom), 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,218,335, 7 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,399,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,150,546
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Charles Shyer, in the shot where Alfie (Jude Law) punches a car windshield, Law actually cracked the windshield. Apparently, the actor wasn't able to put as much effort into punching it until Shyer told him to imagine that it was the paparazzi. As a result, Law punched so hard that a sledgehammer had to destroy the cracked windshield. See more »

Goofs

When Nikki is painting Alfie's Apartment, she approaches Alfie holding a cigarette. When she's going to touch Alfie with her painted hands, she has the cigarette in her mouth. Then the angle changes and she has it again in her hands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfie: You're lucky you know. I rarely allow anyone into my flat.
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Crazy Credits

The main credits at the end of the picture show the person's face alongside his or her name. Even Michael Caine is pictured, alongside Bill Naughton's credit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Contains interpolation of "Alfie" (1966)
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Joss Stone & Nadirah 'Nadz' Seid
Additional Vocals by Mick Jagger
Produced by David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart) & Mick Jagger
Joss Stone performs courtesy of S-Curve Records/EMI Music North America
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Sort of a pointless exercise.
6 July 2005 | by eht5ySee all my reviews

The original 'Alfie,' released in 1966, was considered a revelation for its frank and somewhat dark portrait of the life of a cockney rake, and can now be seen as somewhat prophetic, as it predated (and in some ways helped to introduce) the era of 'swinging London' and the sexual revolution. The 2004 'Alfie' seems to exist for no other purpose than to dress Jude Law up in a hip wardrobe and allow him to wink, smirk, and sigh endlessly at the camera as he sleeps his way through a series of likable women he doesn't deserve. There isn't much of a narrative structure here, and while Law is an engaging screen presence, Alfie is a totally unsympathetic lout who deserves his eventual comeuppance.

It's too bad that Bill Naughton wasn't able to update his original story more effectively, because the film is gorgeous to look at. Despite a few unnecessary bits of cleverness (billboards with odd, art-nouveau messages like 'desire' and 'wish', a lot of mod-ish split screen sequences with still photography, etc.), the cinematography is superb, Law looks dashing in his GQ hipster wardrobe, and the ladies--Susan Sarandon, Jane Krakowski, Nia Long, Marisa Tomei, and newcomer Sienna Miller (whom Law apparently dumped his wife for during filming)--are ravishing. The soundtrack is also superb, made up mostly of new tunes by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame).

The biggest problem here is that times have changed since the original Alfie: sexual and gender politics don't allow for a protagonist who bed-hops and deceives women with impunity to be cast as heroic or even remotely sympathetic. In the end, the film seems hollow, like a nearly two-hour long visual fashion spread (interestingly, 'Vanity Fair' editor Graydon Carter has a cameo in the film). Beautiful to look at, but ultimately it's just pretty trash.


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