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Alfie
     

Alfie

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Director: Lewis Gilbert, Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin

 

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Alfie is superbly decadent on DVD. Director Lewis Gilbert's "Swinging London" imagery and the movie's cool jazz score by Sonny Rollins shine and shimmer, and Michael Caine's zippy dialogue skirts around the score, giving the movie as much charisma as the title character. Though the dialogue doesn't sound as dynamic as the score, perhaps because the score exists

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Alfie is superbly decadent on DVD. Director Lewis Gilbert's "Swinging London" imagery and the movie's cool jazz score by Sonny Rollins shine and shimmer, and Michael Caine's zippy dialogue skirts around the score, giving the movie as much charisma as the title character. Though the dialogue doesn't sound as dynamic as the score, perhaps because the score exists as cleaner source material, the one-two punch of sound and vision makes for an original, fun experience. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio frames all of the humorous antics, while allowing the director's use of space and blocking to highlight the characters' emotional separation. Supplemental material is a bit lacking, as only a funny two-minute trailer and a scene selection menu are selectable from the main menu. "Scene Selection" gives instant access to the DVD's 18 chapters via chapter titles and still frames. The interactive menus are attractive and appropriate to the movie's sense of style.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Zesty, raw, and uninhibited, Alfie initially shocked moviegoers unused to frank talk about sexual gamesmanship, but it was a rousing success that earned multiple Oscar nominations, solidified the international standing of top-billed Michael Caine, and became one of the most influential films of the 1960s. Caine's tour de force performance as Alfie -- the glib, cynical Cockney bachelor who devotes every waking moment to chasing and conquering women -- remains magnificent to behold. He's democratic in his philandering; females of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions are deemed to be worthy of his attentions. Caine pulls off the neat trick of making Alfie likable if not admirable, and even today's viewers will be captivated by his sardonic charm. Director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita), working from Bill Naughton's adaptation of his own play, elicits similarly effective performances from the distaff cast members, including Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, and especially Vivien Merchant, who got an Oscar nod for her portrayal of a married woman forced to get an abortion. While often hilarious, Alfie makes shrewd points about the spiritually empty life of its main character, revealing a thoughtful if melancholy strain to which contemporary viewers can relate.
All Movie Guide
Lewis Gilbert's Alfie made quite a splash upon release in 1966, garnering good reviews and six Academy Award nominations. While the film has a certain visual flair and a soundtrack by jazz great Sonny Rollins, many viewers will find the film out of date and sexist. This English film is still enlightening to watch because of Michael Caine's portrait of Alfie (his first starring roll), a self-centered, fun-loving English chap who, because of his harsh treatment of women, is mostly unsympathetic. He attempts to win the viewer's sympathy nonetheless, with the novel technique of addressing the camera directly. Of course, much of his folly is meant to be ironic; at some point, Gilbert seems to suggest, sexual conquests are unfulfilling. While Alfie does pay a price for his indulgences, he never changes and never develops a lasting relationship. Alfie represents the rare '60s film that attempts to examine the consequences of the sexual revolution, candidly covering the subjects of pregnancy and abortion. Gilbert also directed several James Bond films, and he renewed his association with Michael Caine for 1983's Educating Rita.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
UPC:
0097360660449
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Alfie
Shelley Winters Ruby
Millicent Martin Siddie
Julia Foster Gilda
Jane Asher Annie
Shirley Ann Field Carla
Vivien Merchant Lily
Eleanor Bron Woman Doctor
Denholm Elliott Mr. Smith, abortionist
Alfie Bass Harry
Graham Stark Humphrey
Murray Melvin Nat
Sydney Tafler Frank
Julia Asher Actor
Peter Graves Actor
Virginia Wetherell Actor

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director,Producer
Burt Bacharach Score Composer
Thelma Connell Editor
Hal David Score Composer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Peter Mullins Production Designer
Bill Naughton Screenwriter
Sonny Rollins Score Composer

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Siddie [:10]
2. Gilda [5:58]
3. Malcolm [1:43]
4. The Manageress [7:57]
5. The Chiropodist [1:09]
6. Dora [2:07]
7. The X-ray Technician [:36]
8. Humphrey [:33]
9. The Doctor [3:31]
10. Harry [1:52]
11. Carla [1:00]
12. Lily [4:59]
13. Annie [1:28]
14. Ruby [6:25]
15. Frank [2:50]
16. The Abortionist [3:02]
17. The Younger Man [1:51]
18. Alfie [7:53]

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Alfie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the VHS did NOT have the ''Alfie'' song playing at the end. The version on TV did. Can anyone tell me if the DVD has the theme song at the end or not?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great film, loved it. Michael Caine is great in this film. The DVD does have the Alfie song at the end.