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Alfie (1966) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Lewis Gilbert and produced by John Gilbert and Lewis Gilbert.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorMichael CaineNominated
Best Supporting ActressVivien MerchantNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Burt Bacharach; Lyrics by Hal DavidNominated
Best PictureLewis Gilbert, ProducerNominated
Best WritingBill NaughtonNominated
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Alfie: If you lose a bird you can always replace her. But with a child it's different.


[final words of the film]
Alfie: You know what? When I look back on my little life and the birds I've known, and think of all the things they've done for me and the little I've done for them, you'd think I've had the best of it along the line. But what have I got out of it? I've got a bob or two, some decent clothes, a car, I've got me health back and I ain't attached. But I ain't got me peace of mind - and if you ain't got that, you ain't got nothing. I dunno. It seems to me if they ain't got you one way they've got you another. So what's the answer? That's what I keep asking myself - what's it all about? Know what I mean?


Alfie: My understanding of women only goes as far as the pleasure. When it comes to the pain I'm like any other bloke - I don't want to know.


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Alfie! opened at the Morosco Theater on December 17, 1964 and ran for 21 performances.
On its original release, the film had an all instrumental soundtrack, by Sonny Rollins. The Oscar nominated song, by Bacharach and David, was added for the American release, and to a British re-release. For the UK release, the song was sung by Cilla Black over the end credits, which went to #9 on the British charts. For the US release, the song was originally to be sung by Dionne Warwick over the end credits, but was replaced at the last minute by the version sung by Cher. Ironically, Warwick's version outperformed Cher's on the Billboard charts.
Second billed Shelley Winters only has three scenes.
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