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Alfie
     

Alfie

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Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin

 

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Michael Caine's first starring role was a foray into dramatic irony, scripted by Bill Naughton from his novel and play. Alfie (Caine) is a charming, rogueish Cockney who cannot get his fill of women. He uses them without shame or malice, jumping from one promiscuous female's bed to another without much thought or feeling. Of course, Alfie's not as carefree as he would

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Michael Caine's first starring role was a foray into dramatic irony, scripted by Bill Naughton from his novel and play. Alfie (Caine) is a charming, rogueish Cockney who cannot get his fill of women. He uses them without shame or malice, jumping from one promiscuous female's bed to another without much thought or feeling. Of course, Alfie's not as carefree as he would have the audience -- to whom he often speaks directly -- think: he treats his pregnant, common-law wife, Gilda (Julia Foster), quite shabbily, and has an affair with a married woman (Vivien Merchant) that leaves her pregnant, for which Alfie arranges an abortion. In the end, Alfie never finds lasting meaning or pleasure but remains an unrepentant, if low-class, Don Juan. Caine was Oscar-nominated for his performance.

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.
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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:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929311958
Original Release:
1966
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene selection; 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

Disc #1 -- Alfie
1. Siddie
2. Gilda
3. Malcolm
4. The Manageress
5. The Chiropodist
6. Dora
7. The X-Ray Technician
8. Humphrey
9. The Doctor
10. Harry
11. Carla
12. Lily
13. Annie
14. Ruby
15. Frank
16. The Abortionist
17. The Younger Man
18. Alfie

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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.