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Alfie

UK, English, 114 mins

  • Director: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writer: Bill Naughton
  • Producer: John Gilbert; Lewis Gilbert

CGiii Comment

Ooooooooh what a horrible character, chauvinistic, mysogynistic, almost likeable - deliciously played by the irrepressible Caine.

The inscrutable Murray Melvin makes an appearance - playing, with relish, his very camp self.

Some call it a classic.


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The(ir) Blurb...

For Alfie, the only real life is sex life; only then can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to 'the top'. Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the 'birds' are in 'beautiful condition', as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which the film carries over from "Tom Jones". The film shows how much of the 'swinging 60's' quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative.

Cast & Characters

Michael Caine as Alfie Elkins;
Shelley Winters as Ruby;
Millicent Martin as Siddie;
Julia Foster as Gilda;
Jane Asher as Annie;
Shirley Anne Field as Carla;
Vivien Merchant as Lily;
Eleanor Bron as The Doctor;
Denholm Elliott as The Abortionist;
Alfie Bass as Harry Clamacraft;
Graham Stark as Humphrey;
Murray Melvin as Nat;
Sydney Tafler as Frank;
Pauline Boty as One of Alfie's girlfriends;
Peter Graves

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