Alfie

Alfie

DVD - 2000
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A wild and ribald comedy, filled with sex and sin, about a successful London playwright who is also a shallow womanizer trying to figure out what life is all about.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, 2000.
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792171621
0792171624
Branch Call Number: DVD Alfie
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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BoogerBot
May 06, 2015

Shelley Winters is great as usual. Thought Michael Caine was so good in this movie. I really felt for him. Good movie

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LibraryUser53
Jan 02, 2015

The compromise well illustrated in film; a very well done early-career performance by actor Michael Caine; demonstrating both the joy and the pain of purposely living a singular libertine lifestyle. If all that holds your interest, very much recommended.

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2014

Lewis Gilbert’s depressingly cynical film follows the exploits of one self-absorbed thirtyish libertine whose cavalier attitude seems to attract an endless stream of unhappy doormats only too happy to trade in their dignity for a place in his bed. Firmly entrenched in the centre of his own universe, Alfie sees women as little more than something to be used and then discarded as soon as they develop inconvenient feelings for him, whether it be a young runaway, a despondent housewife, or the neglected mother of his bastard child. In fact, anyone and anything is fair game in his single-minded pursuit of material pleasure. Three key incidents eventually do threaten to knock some feeling into him; a wealthy widow gives him a bitter dose of reality, a poignant churchyard scene reminds him of what he could have had, and he is forced to confront the tragic consequences of one particularly irresponsible affair. But as the camera follows him through the aftermath and into the next day we are left wondering whether or not he’s learned anything at all. In the title role Michael Caine’s cheeky portrayal of a selfish lout determined to look out for number one, yet secretly afraid of being alone, earned him a well-deserved Oscar nomination. His ongoing monologues aimed directly at the audience (a clever device by Gilbert borrowed from the original play perhaps?) puts us in the interesting position of being both conscience and jury. But what is the purpose behind all this deliberate provocation? What exactly is Gilbert wanting us to feel? Alfie is certainly beneath our contempt (isn’t he?) but, with one glaring exception, the doe-eyed dishrags he takes delight in misusing are not entirely sympathetic either. For all its mod flourishes and frank dialogue, the film remains terribly dated as well as socially irrelevant. Try as I might I simply can’t see the character of Alfie as a serious metaphor, nor can I glean any deeper meaning from his crass misogynistic ramblings. What we’re left with then is the tragic escapades of an arrogant and deluded emotional sadist. And that is what it’s all about, Alfie.

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obrus1_2obrus
Aug 06, 2014

Very good cast, good acting, very bad script and directing. If it was not for Jude Law, I would call it a waste of time.

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garycornell
Jul 26, 2014

"Alfie" is one of Michael Caine's best pictures. Here we find him dressing up like he is a millionaire and driving a fancy sports car. None of it is true, it is just to get the attention of "Birdy's" which are beautiful women. He talks to the camera and gives us an explanation for everything. I thought it was a comedy and it is with a very strong message. Michael Caine has 7 pages of movies on the KCLS web site. Look for a charming role for Shelley Winters in her prime. Since I feel so strongly about "Alfie", I hope you will take it home and make your own decision. Let me know here with a review of your own. Love to hear from you!

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marvelboy888
Jan 14, 2014

This distinctly British character study masking as a raunchy comedy works for and because of Michael Caine, but not really any other reason. The women that Alfie pursues seem to all be demure wallflowers (a ribald Shelley Winters excepted) lacking any personality. Caine's performance is worthwhile, but the journey his character makes would have been more effective had the film cared a bit more about almost anything else. Really, anything.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A wild and ribald comedy, filled with sex and sin, about a successful London playwright who is also a shallow womanizer trying to figure out what life is all about.
Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, Jane Asher, Shirley Anne Field, Vivien Merchant, Eleanor Bron.

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phyllis49
Mar 14, 2012

Alfie is what you'd call an unrepentant womanizer. He is a limo driver working in New York City, which, of course, provides him ample opportunity to continue his womanizing ways. That is until reality slaps him in the face. His carnality eventually gets in the way, and he decides to change his wondering ways.
Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller and Susan Sarandon

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