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Alfie

original movie poster
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Lewis Gilbert
Written by Bill Naughton
Starring Michael Caine
Shelley Winters
Millicent Martin
Vivien Merchant
Music by Sonny Rollins
Cinematography Otto Heller
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March, 1966 (UK release)
Running time 114 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Alfie is a 1966 film starring Michael Caine. It is based on the novel and play of the same name by Bill Naughton, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was remade in 2004 and starred Jude Law. Image File history File links Alfie_original. ... Lewis Gilbert (born March 6, 1920) is a British film director born in London, England. ... William John Francis Naughton, or Bill Naughton (Ballyhaunis, June 12, 1910 - Ballasalla, January 9, 1992) was a British playwright and author, best known for his play Alfie. ... Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite CBE (born March 14, 1933), known professionally as Michael Caine, is a two-time Academy Award-winning British film actor. ... Winters in Cry of the City (1948) Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedienne. ... Vivien Merchant in a scene from The Homecoming (1973) Vivien Merchant (born on July 22, 1929 in Manchester, England) was a British actress, who was born Ada Thompson. ... An early Rollins picture graces the cover of Volume One Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Otto Heller (March 8, 1896 - February 19, 1970) was a Czech cinematographer. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite CBE (born March 14, 1933), known professionally as Michael Caine, is a two-time Academy Award-winning British film actor. ... William John Francis Naughton, or Bill Naughton (Ballyhaunis, June 12, 1910 - Ballasalla, January 9, 1992) was a British playwright and author, best known for his play Alfie. ... Alfie is a 2004 American-British comedy romance film starring Jude Law as the title character. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... David Jude Heyworth Law (born December 29, 1972) is an Academy Award nominated English actor. ...

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Plot and other details

Alfie tells the story of a young man whose life consists of running from woman to woman, until several life reversals make him rethink his lifestyle. Alfie was originally a radio play written by Bill Naughton, who also wrote the screenplay of the 1966 film version. Alfie frequently speaks directly to the audience, as a deliberate Brechtian alienation effect. William John Francis Naughton, or Bill Naughton (Ballyhaunis, June 12, 1910 - Ballasalla, January 9, 1992) was a British playwright and author, best known for his play Alfie. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898 - August 14, 1956) was an influential German dramatist, stage director, and poet of the 20th century. ...


The 1966 version was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Caine), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Vivien Merchant), Best Music, Song (Burt Bacharach and Hal David for "Alfie"), Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. The film featured music by noted jazz musician Sonny Rollins, backed by British jazz musicians including Stan Tracey. In 2004 the magazine Total Film named it the 48th greatest British film of all time. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Vivien Merchant in a scene from The Homecoming (1973) Vivien Merchant (born on July 22, 1929 in Manchester, England) was a British actress, who was born Ada Thompson. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Burt Bacharach (IPA: , born May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an award-winning American pianist and composer. ... Hal David (born May 25, 1921 in New York City, New York) is a Jewish-American lyricist and songwriter. ... Alfie is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... An early Rollins picture graces the cover of Volume One Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Stanley William Tracey (born in Tooting, London on December 30, 1926) is a UK jazz pianist and composer, most influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ...


Cast and crew

Cast

Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite CBE (born March 14, 1933), known professionally as Michael Caine, is a two-time Academy Award-winning British film actor. ... Winters in Cry of the City (1948) Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedienne. ... Vivien Merchant in a scene from The Homecoming (1973) Vivien Merchant (born on July 22, 1929 in Manchester, England) was a British actress, who was born Ada Thompson. ... Jane Asher (born April 5, 1946) is a British film and television actress and the author of several full-length novels. ... Julia Foster (born 2 August 1943) is a British actress. ... Elliott in The Signal-Man Denholm Mitchell Elliott (May 31, 1922 – October 6, 1992) was a distinguished British actor, well known for his appearances on stage, film and television. ...

Trivia

  • Terence Stamp turned down the role of "Alfie" despite having starred in the play on Broadway. He recommended Caine for the role.
  • Much dialogue from the film was sampled by the band Carter USM for their 1991 album 30 Something.
  • The Divine Comedy released a single called 'Im Becoming More Like Alfie'.

Terence Stamp (born July 22, 1939) is an English actor. ... Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine (frequently shortened to Carter USM) were formed in 1987 by singer Jim Jim Bob Morrison and guitarist Les Fruitbat Carter. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Divine Comedy is a pop band from Northern Ireland fronted by Neil Hannon. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
:: rogerebert.com :: Alfie (701 words)
Strange, that "Alfie" (1966) is halfway remembered as a comedy, when it was actually about a man who attempted to live life as comedy despite the lowering gloom which he thoroughly deserved.
Alfie, in 1966 and again in the 2004 version, desperately wants to keep smiling, have a great time, and be lover to a parade of women who are willing and friendly, and never complain, and make no demands, and understand his need to be unfaithful.
Alfie confesses, in one of his rueful speeches directly to the camera, that the tricky thing about dating a woman with a kid is that you get to really like the kid.
JamesBowman.net | Alfie (985 words)
In the original, Alfie is made to realize that there is a transcendent dimension to what he has hitherto treated as nothing but the satisfaction, to which he is manifestly entitled, of appetite.
Similarly, the new Alfie’s regret at losing a friend, even apart from the fact that it doesn’t pack the same moral wallop as horror at a murder, is experienced only in terms of his own feelings.
Alfie was a familiar figure one might have known from the neighborhood.
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