Because of its taboo plotline (abortion is frankly discussed), several A-list actors turned down the role of Alfie Elkins, a Cockney Casanova on the make in Swinging London, but newcomer Michael Caine seized the opportunity to charm a bevy of British babes – and the awards committees.There’s little for modern men to learn about seduction here, save that when that someone comes up for a coffee you might try putting on the film’s outstanding jazz soundtrack by Sonny Rollins.

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Screenplay by: Bill Naughton

Starring: Michael Caine, Vivien Merchant, Millicent Martin, Shelley Winters

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Picture, Actor Caine, Supporting Actress Vivien Merchant, Adapted Screenplay, Original Song Burt Bacharach; BAFTA for Best British Actor, Best British Film; Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival (won)

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