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Michael Cain shows the meaning of star power as everything in this film is driven by his performance. Great supporting cast, excellent use of locations and interesting soundtrack keep you involved in Alfie's odyssey.
.The whole movie has a grundgy washed out look to it, typical of british movies of the past.At least the acting is good.
Tamer and a lot more dated today than when it first came out, but "Alfie" holds up thanks to its sly humor and its titular character's believable attitude towards casual sexuality.
Wonderful movie. Michael Caine's priceless performance alone makes this movie a must watch, it's very frank and straight-forward, you won't see performances like this these days, PC culture won't allow it. The biggest plus of the movie which adds a lot to its greatness is its not having its main character, Alfie, re-evaluate his views or values but he does draw conclusions from his way of life and it's a much more realistic approach to the material. There are so many funny scenes and dialogue. A rare gem from a by-gone era.
He treated his women like slaves
The narrative is repetitive making it somewhat tedious at times, but the idea is certainly interesting and the way it's shot with the titular character narrating the story by breaking the fourth wall is something you don't see too often. At its heart, it's a character study, but it has aged incredibly badly with the tone and dialogue just feeling very out-of-touch with the present day, although there is something to be said for the message it tries to convey with the ending, despite it lacking the necessary impact. Let's be clear though, what you really want to be watching this film for is Caine's career-making performance as Alfie, a despicable, ruthless and incredibly selfish man -- a right bleeding bastard -- who he plays with such ease and charm that he almost manages to turn him into a sort of loveable rogue. Without that, I don't know how bearable the whole thing would be.
How refreshing to see this! Caine walks up some steps in a scene and turns around to speak to US ! in the audience or in our home about just what he is about to do. This intriguing film made me a fast fan of Caine and in this role of a fast mover on his "prey" Caine comes off as a slick amoral character who takes advantage of any woman married or not. For the current film goer this film is pretty tame sexually but for its day it was really OUT THERE. Give it a view and while Brit humor is not our humor it still has appeal to many.
An hilarious movie and classical plot line. Watching talented actors who we see today yet in their prime in movies made up through the 60's.
Caine's central titular performance is star-making brilliant, and while the film as a whole isn't revelatory, its interesting to see a film right in the middle of the hip "swinging London" mentality that is as self aware of the insanity of that lifestyle as it is. The film essentially argues (with good humor) that Alfie's lifestyle (as a symbol of the 60's sexual revolution) is doomed to come crashing down fast and that his hedonism is meaningless and does nothing to stave of his lack of purpose and value in life. Pretty wise insight coming from a 1966 film!
Also: that Sonny Rollins score! One of the best ever!
Alfie is a solid, yet very dated movie. It has a good performance from Michael Caine, it has strong emotion near the end, it is a relevant story and it has solid dialogue, but its humor is so-so, its breaking the fourth wall got on my nerves eventually and the film is undoubtedly a product of its time.