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The Lost Weekend (1945)

The Lost Weekend
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Ray Milland Ray Milland
Don Birnam
Jane Wyman Jane Wyman
Helen St. James
Phillip Terry Phillip Terry
Wick Birnam
Doris Dowling Doris Dowling
Frank Faylen Frank Faylen
'Bim' Nolan
Mary Young Mary Young
Mrs. Deveridge
Anita Sharp-Bolster Anita Sharp-Bolster
Mrs. Foley

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Charles R. Jackson Charles R. Jackson
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Charles Brackett Charles Brackett
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7 years, 5 months ago at Feb 12 1:36
Billy Wilder was never afraid to bounce back and forth between making you laugh and making you cry. People tend to think of him as the jovial jokester behind Some Like It Hot, The Fortune Cookie and The Apartment. Fine movies all, but he also did black-as-midnight comedies (Sunset Boulevard) and tremendously powerful dramas like The Lost Weekend. Billy Wilder was a genius, and this was only his fo... read more
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Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last...one way or the other.
Release date: 1 January 1946
UPC: 025192115325
Tags: Drama (16), Alcoholism (15), 1940s (11), Film Noir (11), Hospital (8), 1945 (8), Tavern (7), Robbery (7), Hallucination (6), Writing (6), Black & White (6), Usa (6), Deception (5), Weekend (5), Telephone Box (4), Coat (4), Based On Novel (3), Overcoat (3), Pickpocket (3), Bat (3)
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" The Lost Weekend won four Oscars, all well deserved; this film is not an easy film to watch, probably because of its gritty, relentlessly truthful portrayal of alcoholism. This is harrowing and surprisingly modern filmmaking: brave, honest, and ugly. "

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"A film noir about an alcoholic. Ray Milland was very convincing in his role and deservedly won the Academy Award. my rating: 7,5"

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