Alfie

Alfie

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Director: Charles Shyer

Cast: Charles Shyer, Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps

     
 

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This remake of Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film of the same name features Jude Law filling the shoes Michael Caine once wore in the title role of Alfie. As with the original, Law occasionally speaks directly to the camera while his character talks of the opposite sex. Under the direction of Charles Shyer, Alfie follows a charming, if morally lacking, womanizer fromSee more details below

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This remake of Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film of the same name features Jude Law filling the shoes Michael Caine once wore in the title role of Alfie. As with the original, Law occasionally speaks directly to the camera while his character talks of the opposite sex. Under the direction of Charles Shyer, Alfie follows a charming, if morally lacking, womanizer from one bed to the next. While his actions arise more from nonchalance than malice, Alfie nonetheless faces a moral dilemma when considering that he's impregnated one of his latest girlfriends. Alfie also includes performances from Marisa Tomei, Susan Sarandon, and Nia Long. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In this sophisticated remake of the 1966 smash that made Michael Caine an international star, Jude Law plays the charming Cockney womanizer who consistently fails to realize how much pain he inflicts on the people with whom he interacts. The setting is New York rather than London, but Alfie is basically the same: an irrepressible playboy who puts his transitory amusement above everything else. Working as a limo driver, he encounters women of various types, from all walks of life: among them, a fabulously wealthy socialite (Susan Sarandon); a beautiful but dull-witted model (Sienna Miller, with whom Law forged a long-term off-screen relationship); and a sexually frustrated wife (Jane Krakowski). But Alfie’s conquests don’t stop there; he even manages to bed his best friend’s lover (Nia Long). And all the while he’s pretending to carry on a serious relationship with a single mom (Marisa Tomei) who genuinely loves him. Writer-director Charles Shyer (of the Father of the Bride films) makes his insouciant protagonist just likable enough to retain audience sympathy -- a not-inconsiderable feat, given Alfie’s irresponsible antics. Law essays the role with brio, addressing the audience frequently in conspiratorial asides and obviously relishing his dalliances with a succession of desirable women. He’s perfect for the role, being an even more irresistible Alfie than Caine was. But he also exhibits just enough vulnerability to make himself appealing even when he’s being a cad. Jude Law was in a lot of movies in 2004 -- six, to be specific -- but this was the most nuanced, underappreciated turn in his very busy year.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Jude Law is not just a character actor trapped in the body of a leading man, he is a character actor trapped in the body of a male supermodel. Although he has successfully used his looks to his advantage in the roles he has played (Gigolo Joe in A.I. and his narcissistic hedonist in The Talented Mr. Ripley), Alfie represents the first time a film he appears in suffers from his looks and charm. Alfie is forever addressing the camera, taking the audience into his confidence and being just as charming towards the viewer as he is to his various female conquests in the film. The problem is that Law is so appealing a screen presence that the audience will not be able to work up enough disgust toward him. For the film's heavy-handed ending to have the power it should the audience has to believe that Alfie will be living the rest of his life alone, and Law is unable to make the audience believe that. For this reason, Jude Law's performance cannot match the emotional depth of Michael Caine's original conception of the character, but it does recall another cinematic philosopher who preached living the good life -- he's a randy, selfish Ferris Bueller. While it is pleasurable to spend time with the character, the emptiness of the film makes that pleasure fleeting. In the end, the audience gets about as much out of their time with Alfie as the women in the film do.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0097360413847
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by writer/director Charles Shyer and film editor Padriac McKinley ; Commmentary by writer/director Charles Shyer and writer/producer Elaine Pope; Round Table - an intimate discussion on the film's production, hosted by writer/director Charles Shyer; The World of Alfie; The Women of Alfie; Alfie: Deconstruction of a Scene; Gedde Wantanabe dance footage with optional commentary by Charles Shyer and Elaine Pope; Let the Music In; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Charles Shyer and Padriac McKinley; Theatrical trailer; Script gallery; Production gallery; Storyboard gallery; Full screen digital version; Dolby Digital; -English 5.1 Surround; -French 5.1 Surround; -English 2.0 Surround; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jude Law Alfie
Marisa Tomei Julie
Omar Epps Marlon
Nia Long Lonette
Jane Krakowski Dorie
Sienna Miller Nikki
Susan Sarandon Liz
Renee Taylor Lu Schnitman
Dick Latessa Joe
Jefferson Mays Dr. Miranda Kulp
Gedde Watanabe Wing
Graydon Carter Actor
Kevin Rahm Terry

Technical Credits
Charles Shyer Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sophie Becher Production Designer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Sean Daniel Executive Producer
Joanna Foley Art Director
Alan Gilmore Art Director
Nina Gold Casting
Marc Homes Art Director
Mick Jagger Score Composer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Suttirat Anne Larlarb Art Director
Mindy Marin Casting
Padraic McKinley Editor
George Motz Cinematographer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Diana Phillips Executive Producer
Elaine Pope Producer,Screenwriter
John Powell Score Composer
Ashley Rowe Cinematographer
Dave Stewart Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Here's My Theory [:21]
2. Legs Like a Racehorse [5:34]
3. My Sometimes-Sort-of-Quasi Girlfriend [1:08]
4. Alfie Straight-Up [3:09]
5. It's Really Coming Down [4:19]
6. Always a Fun Operation [5:28]
7. An Early Yultide Gift [1:36]
8. Aim Higher [5:21]
9. My Christmas Miracle [1:36]
10. You've Had a Absinthe? [5:28]
11. I'm Already Gone [1:30]
12. I Can't Make Any Promisees [6:42]
13. Marlon Stayed? [:14]
14. In That Case Maybe I'll Stay [6:43]
15. What's It All About? [:51]
16. Old Habits Die Hard [7:13]

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