Sexist, heartless but oddly likeable cockney womaniser shows some signs of humanity towards the end. Caine's performance is a knock out. Kitchen sink comedy/drama with verve.
This is one of the few occassions where I like the remake more - perhaps it's because I can relate to it so much better. Thank goodness I was born in the 70's because honestly, if I was a young adult then, I would have been quite literally beside myself. It is interesting to see what life was like for my mother though :-)
Alfie is an overbearing, unscrupulous, womanizing cockney living in the London of the swinging 60s. He prides himself on his knowledge of the ways of women, and puts it to good effect in initiating and engaging in a succession of short affairs that invariably fall apart through his arrogance and selfishness. But his life-style catches up on him and he spends time in a nursing home, where he meets the reluctant wife of a fellow patient, and things don't go his way. Michael Caine narrates the thoughts as well as acting the part of Alfie. Born a cockney he was a shoe-in for the part and it made his name. It takes real acting ability to play such an unsympathetic character and yet still show traits that are likable. Not only Caine but the young actors playing the women he seduced (Jane Asher, Shirley Anne Field, Julia Foster and Millicent Martin) have all appeared recently in films and TV productions, and with Denholm Elliott playing a very sinister character, this movie from the past can be quite fascinating.
I know the sexual revolution is well and truly upon us and this sorry tale was probably apt but not acknowledged when it first appeared. However, if this had been the first film featuring MichaelCaine I had seen I might never again have bothered to see another of his films since in this he was an outright rotter. Luckily his later films showed a much nicer set of personalities.
Annoying annoying annoying. i only sat thru it to see if Alfie got his come-uppance... and he didn't - not really.
Michael Caine shines as the controlling 'Alfie' - the film is an interesting reflextion of the 60's as seen in the 2000's after having lived in the 50's and 60's well worth it