Alfie (1966)

Michael Caine's first starring role was a foray into dramatic irony, scripted by Bill Naughton from his novel and play. Alfie (Caine) is a charming, rogueish Cockney who cannot get his fill of women. He uses them without shame or… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 24, 1966
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
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James Powers
Hollywood Reporter

An amusing, moving and meaningful picture.

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Variety Staff

Behind its alley-cat philosophy, there's some shrewd sense, some pointed barbs and a sharp moral.

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Alfie (Michael Caine) is more than just a perpetual bachelor; he's a ladies' man, a cad, a man about town. Put bluntly: Alfie loves to have sex. He meets women and takes what he wants from them: pleasure. But behind him, Alfie is leaving a trail of misery

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

For all its implicit misogyny, the original 1966 film version of Bill Naughton's play remains durable because of Michael Caine's career-defining performance as the cockney ladies' man.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Of course he gets his comeuppance, in an ending that has all the moral weight and sincerity of a DeMille sex'n'sawdust spectacular. Good performances, though.

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Mark Bourne

What makes it work is charismatic Caine and the witty, intelligent script. Both work together to keep this remorseless bastard who uses and hurts women from being completely unlikable or unsympathetic.

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TIME Magazine

Caine plays the sodding little spiv with a raucous charm that makes Alfie seem more interesting than he actually is.

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TV Guide

In its time, the film was praised for its sexual frankness and persuasive rendering of Swinging London; both seem quaint by contemporary standards. Caine's Cockney Don Juan, however, is sui generis.

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Emanuel Levy

Michael Caine gives a bravura, career-making and Oscar-nominated, performance as a Cockney Don Juan, who's by turns weak and endearing, charming and despicable, but the film has aged badly.

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Ken Stachnik
Michael Caine is great as the precursor to Ferris Bueller, but this movie is no Ferris Bueller. It's much darker, more akin to Lindsay Anderson than John… More
Tim Salmons
Sorely dated not only in look but in subject matter, this film takes place in the swinging 60's of London, and a lot of the attitudes of that time are… More
Aj V
I saw this after seeing the recent remake of it thinking that it would be much better, but I was disappointed. Even with Caine's great performance, the… More
Spencer S.
The juvenile charisma of a thirty-something Michael Caine onscreen with all manner of woman started off as a candid comedic romp about sex in the swinging… More
Ross Collins
What's it all about, Alfie? Original for its time, with the protagonist addressing the camera, but the very dated attitudes don't exactly paint a… More