Days of Wine and Roses (1962)


“Well, anything worth having is worth suffering for, isn’t it? ” – Joe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A social drinker meets a woman and they fall in love and their relationship flourishes as they both take up drinking on their way to alcoholism.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard of but never had a chance to see before now.

I was quite impressed with the way that this film depicts alcoholism because it does so in a way that wasn’t done so openly beforehand.

Even films like The Lost Weekend (1945) shy away from showing alcoholism at its worst and this film doesn’t even try to hide anything.

Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are both superb here and they give us a genuine feeling that they are both suffering from this disease especially when they are shown in a raw and vulnerable way as to how they are affected by their drinking.

Both of them were nominated for Oscars for these roles.

This is not an easy film tow atch due to the way that it al feels quite real the whole time and we get to see how it affects their personal and professional lives no matter how hard thy try to keep it a secret.

Loved seeing Jack Klugman in this film as Lemmon’s friend and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor because he does all he can to try and show Lemmon the right way to do things.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of alcoholism that resonates really well especially for when it was made.  Lemmon and Remick are both amazing in these roles and we get the sense of realism by the way that they portray their flawed characters especially when they don’t shy away from showing their vulnerability.  Not an easy film to watch yet it is quiet poignant over and over.  Klugman does a wonderful job as Lemmon’s friend and “sponsor”.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jack Lemmon disclosed in a TV interview interview that during his straitjacket scene, wherein his character rather violently suffers the DTs, he’d gotten so into it that the crew had to shake him out of his hysterics after the cameras had stopped rolling. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

  1. As I recall, Milland had a DTs scene in The Lost weekend every bit as harrowing as Lemmon’s. I thought Lemmon’s best scene was looking for the bottle he stashed in the greenhouse.

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