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Old 04-21-2018, 04:46 PM
 
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Saw Alfie on MOVIES! the other night, and am so glad stayed up until wee hours to do so. The film has lost nothing in passing of decades and still seems fresh.


Swinging 1960's London. Michael Caine with a cockney accent so thick you can cut it with a knife, and top rated cast that includes Shelly Winters (proof that a mature and full figured woman could still be desirable).


Besides the accent, no other actor besides Michael Cain could be Alfie and made it work. The remake was dreadful because you simply cannot improve upon MC's performance.


Yes, he's a bastard and the worst thing far as women are concerned. But Alfie is more than that, and to his credit Michael Caine allows us to get deeper inside the man.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:40 PM
 
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Besides the accent, no other actor besides Michael Cain could be Alfie and made it work.
True. Including Jude Law, although he tried. Gosh, I forgot how young Caine was then (33)!
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:59 PM
 
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True. Including Jude Law, although he tried. Gosh, I forgot how young Caine was then (33)!

Alfie was the making of Michael Caine; and he has had a great career ever since.




James Booth, Antony Newley, and Terence Stamp all turned the role down due to subject matter. To his credit Michael Caine has always been for the common man and likely understood "Alfie" and his world, so that was that.


Also like MC in "Sleuth" co-starring with Laurence Olivier. The contrasts between Mr. Cain's Cockney and Mr. Olivier's posh RP add just a bit of more fun to the film.
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