Total Film - 06/01/2001
"...Caine's personal charisma reels us back in with a series of disarmingly open straight-to-camera monologues..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today - 03/02/2001
"...[Featuring] Michael Caine's breakthrough role..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Alfie is not really a bad sort. It's just that he has this overwhelming desire for the opposite sex. You might say that "birds" are irresistible to him, sort of second nature. With Michael Caine in the title role, Alfie is a ribald and wild comedy, filled with sex and sin. For those who want to be entertained, Alfie is charming, delightful and quick-moving. For those who want more, there is, beneath the surface, a lingering tragedy, simply and poignantly told about the taker and the taken.
Michael Caine stars as ALFIE, a feckless London lothario whose chief pleasure in life is to have a good time on dates with a different woman each day of the week. When he accidentally impregnates his live-in girlfriend, Gilda (Julia Foster), he takes a vacation in the country to think about his life--while still managing to engage in sexual affairs with a variety of women, including millionairess Ruby (Shelley Winters), young runaway Siddie (Millicent Martin), and even his friend's wife, Lily (Vivien Merchant). However, Alfie can't vacation forever. Before long, his fatherly responsibilities catch up with him and he's forced to face the product of his debauchery.
Based on the novel of the same name by Bill Naughton, ALFIE touches on a number of controversial topics (polygamy and child abandonment, for starters). Director Lewis Gilbert cleverly mixes comedy and tragedy with a crucial lesson about immorality. The film features one of Caine's finest performances.
Based On A Novel |
Character Study |
Cult Film |
London, England |
Theatrical release: August 24, 1966.
ALFIE was produced on a low budget of $500,000 and ended up being a box-office success, garnering rave reviews for its star, Michael Caine, and producing a hit single by Dionne Warwick.
This film spawned a 1975 sequel, ALFIE DARLING, without Michael Caine in the lead role.
The MPAA did not have a ratings board in place when ALFIE was first released in 1966. It was rated PG for a 1972 reissue.