Lewis Gilbert (1966)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Receiving five Oscar nominations and rave reviews, this was one of the most talked-about British movies of 1966. Today, the frank discussion of pre-marital sex, adultery and illegitimacy may raise fewer eyebrows and the chirpy cockney banter may sound more than a little old hat, but this knowing drama still has much to say about how differently men and women view intimate relationships, and the abortion scene retains its power to shock. Michael Caine has rarely bettered his performance here, conveying in his monologues a charm and a naivety that is as troubling as it is accomplished. Of the wronged women, Julia Foster and Vivien Merchant are outstanding.


A cockney lothario leads a charmed life, enjoying casual sex with as many women as possible with no thought of the consequences. However, a series of unexpected setbacks forces him to finally take stock of his life. Comedy drama based on the play by Bill Naughton, starring Michael Caine, Jane Asher, Millicent Martin, Shirley Anne Field, Shelley Winters and Denholm Elliott.

Cast & Crew

Alfie Michael Caine
Ruby Shelley Winters
Siddie Millicent Martin
Gilda Julia Foster
Annie Jane Asher
Carla Shirley Anne Field
Lily Vivien Merchant
Doctor Eleanor Bron
Abortionist Denholm Elliott
Harry Clamacraft Alfie Bass
Humphrey Graham Stark
Nat Murray Melvin
Frank Sydney Tafler
Lace Tony Selby
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIGuidance: Some swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 11 May 2001
Drama Comedy