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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: I've never told her that I love her - except at those times when you've *got* to say something for appearance's sake.


Alfie: What I loved once and what I love now are two different things.


Alfie: I don't want no bird's respect - I wouldn't know what to do with it.


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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.
Alfie! opened at the Morosco Theater on December 17, 1964 and ran for 21 performances.
Several well-known actors (including Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, James Booth and Anthony Newley) turned down the title role due to the then taboo subject matter of abortion. Despite having played "Alfie" on Broadway, Terence Stamp categorically declined to reprise the role on film, thus giving his good friend and then roommate Michael Caine the breakthrough role of his career.
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