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Alfie (2004)

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A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writers:

Bill Naughton (play), Bill Naughton (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Alfie
Renée Taylor ... Lu Schnitman (as Renee Taylor)
Jane Krakowski ... Dorie
Jeff Harding ... Phil
Marisa Tomei ... Julie
Kevin Rahm ... Terry
Max Morris ... Max
Omar Epps ... Marlon
Nia Long ... Lonette
Gedde Watanabe ... Wing
Jo Yang ... Mrs. Wing
Tara Summers ... Carol
Sam Vincenti ... Felix
Katherine LaNasa ... Uta
Claudette Mink ... Bitter Girl
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Storyline

Finding it hard to finally settle down and commit himself to only one woman, the unrepentant philanderer and undeniable ladies' man, Alfie, is a charming British who cruises the streets of New York as a limousine chauffeur. In his impeccable suits, the silver-tongued Casanova is simply irresistible; however, things will take an unexpected turn, when a night of unrestrained passion seriously tests Alfie's frivolous approach to life. In the end, is Alfie happy, and above all, what's it all about, then? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Meet a man who never met a woman he didn't love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's It All About, Alfie? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,314,156 (United Kingdom), 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,218,335, 7 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,399,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,150,546
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Charles Shyer was inspired by the skinny suits that the Beatles wore in A Hard Day's Night (1964) for Alfie's wardrobe and the brown sweater that Alfie wears in several scenes was Jude Law's own. See more »

Goofs

Right after the flower shop scene, Alfie rides his scooter to Liz's place. Only the flowers are not in the basket or anywhere on the scooter. Yet as he comes around the corner of the stairs towards the apartment, he has the flowers in his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfie: You're lucky you know. I rarely allow anyone into my flat.
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo at the beginning of the film is tinted pink. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Blind Leading the Blind (Live Acoustic Version)
(2004)
Written by Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart
Performed & Produced by Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
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Easy to watch
6 November 2004 | by psi_flaSee all my reviews

Just in case you don't remember, Alfie's that misogynistic cad who seduced a series of women. He was originally played by Michael Caine in more carefree times (1966, to be precise).

What we have here is a politically correct remake for the new millennium. Cries of horror abound. Especially from me. Why replace Michael Caine, one of the kings of cool in the 1960's, with Jude Law? After all, we all remember what happened when Mark Wahlberg stepped into Caine's shoes for the remake of The Italian Job. Yet, incredibly, Law has turned out to be a very good choice.

Like Caine before him, Law repeatedly breaks the fourth wall throughout the film. Certain critics have argued against this technique, but I think that when applied properly, and with the right actor, it can seriously work in the film's favour. It did so for John Cusack in High Fidelity, and does so for Jude Law in the Alfie remake. Law adds a further dimension to the flawed title character, somehow making you like him in spite of what he is. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he is surrounded by a fine supporting cast, which includes Marisa Tomei, Susan Sarandon and his real-life girlfriend Sienna Miller.

One notable thing Alfie does, in general, is refuse to paint its women in shining colours. Some refuse to bow down to the title character's needs, but others are all-too-easily seduced. Yet they are never too forgiving. I think Marisa Tomei's Julie is the only one of the women in the film who is really shown in a remotely positive light. The others appear too needy, too repressed or too cocky. Allowing the women to appear this way sometimes works against the film, but it does mean that they come off as more rounded characters, and not just pretty ciphers.

I found this version of Alfie to be lightly entertaining. It's hardly new or original - I mean, it's nothing more than an already well-known story retold pretty well - but it is easy to watch. And, just like Alfie himself, it never looks for the easy way out. Whether you want to despise the title character's antics or simply enjoy watching them is entirely up to you. Personally, I'd suggest you choose the latter option.

Rating: *** (out of *****)


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