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Days of Wine and Roses (26-Dec-1962)

Director: Blake Edwards

Writer: J. P. Miller

Music by: Henry Mancini

Producer: Martin Manulis

Keywords: Drama, Alcoholism, Advertising

A San Francisco businessman descends from social drinking into alcoholism, bringing down with him his long-suffering wife. Based on an earlier teleplay, and one of few truly good films on the subject. At times unsettling. Won an Oscar for Best Original Song; received additional nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Set Decoration.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jack Albertson
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Charles Bickford
1-Jan-1891 9-Nov-1967 The Song of Bernadette
Jack Klugman
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Jack Lemmon
8-Feb-1925 27-Jun-2001 The Odd Couple
Lee Remick
14-Dec-1935 2-Jul-1991 Days of Wine and Roses
Maxine Stuart
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Jack Lemmon   ...   Joe Clay
Lee Remick   ...   Kirsten Arnesen
Charles Bickford   ...   Ellis Arnesen
Jack Klugman   ...   Jim Hungerford
Alan Hewitt   ...   Leland
Tom Palmer   ...   Ballefoy
Debbie Megowan   ...   Debbie Clay
Maxine Stuart   ...   Dottie
Jack Albertson   ...   Trayner
Ken Lynch   ...   Liquor Store Owner


Review by Alan J. Weiss (posted on 13-Oct-2007)

One of Hollywood's best films -- along with "The Lost Weekend" -- to depict the tragedy of alcoholism. Both Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick give amazing performances as a couple trapped in a downward spiral of drinking, from which neither can escape; one he tries, she brings him back down, and vice versa. This is a very intense and believable film that is tough to watch, but very worthwhile and incredibly well-acted, brilliantly written, and painstakingly directed by Blake Edwards. Truly one of Hollywood's best classsics, this film is highly recommended for the movie buff and acting student alike.

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