Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1962. Jalem Productions. Screenplay by J.P. Miller. Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop. Produced by Martin Manulis. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by Joseph C. Wright. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Patrick McCormack.
Excellent examination of alcoholism is still cutting edge drama after so many years. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are both top-notch as a married couple who become far too dependent on booze as a way to alleviate their worries and frustrations. After they both sink to the very bottom of their addiction, Lemmon decides to clean up his act and go back to the land of the sober, while Remick feels there’s nothing worthwhile to go back to. This rift in their relationship is one of the many aspects of the disease that are examined, with Lemmon reaching the top of his dramatic possibilities in his excellent performance, and Remick superb in her most celebrated role. The outstanding screenplay was adapted from a television production that preceded the film by a year.
Academy Award: Best Song (“Days of Wine and Roses”)
Nominations: Best Actor (Jack Lemmon); Best Actress (Lee Remick); Best Art Direction-BW; Best Costume Design-BW
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Jack Lemmon); Best Actress-Drama (Lee Remick); Best Director (Blake Edwards)