Lost Weekend

Directed By: Billy Wilder Starring: Ray Milland

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A new york writer hits the bottle and lands in bellevue with delirium tremens. Oscars for best picture.


Studio Universal
SKU 40147293
UPC 025192115325
UPC 14 00025192115325
Format DVD
Release Date 1/2/2002
Rating NR
Sales Rank 2317
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Road To Ruin
Substance Abuse
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note Ray Milland stars as alcoholic writer Don Birnam in Billy Wilder's first unabashedly dramatic film, and one of the first to deal in such painstaking detail with the disease of alcoholism. Don shares an apartment in New York City in the 1940s with his brother Wick (Phillip Terry) who has his hands full trying to deal with his brother's drinking problem. One night, Don encourages his brother to take his girlfriend Helen St. James (Jane Wyman) to hear some music only so that he can be out from under their watchful eyes. Taking the money left for the maid, he goes out to buy some liquor, stashing one bottle in the chandelier. When he goes to the bar the next day, Nat (Howard Da Silva), the owner berates him for treating his girlfriend badly and warns him that he's on a path toward death. Don returns to the apartment to try to work on his novel "The Bottle," but consumed by self-doubt, goes to another bar, and steals a woman's purse to buy a drink. As the weekend wears on, his spiral downward continues apace. Although dated in some respects, the film's unadorned portrait of the relentless torture that is alcoholism still packs a powerful punch thanks to Wilder's sharp script, the deep-focus camerawork of John Seitz, and a career performance by Ray Milland.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what does it do to my mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent, supremely competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm van Gogh, painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before the movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers--all three of 'em. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer--it's the Nile, Nat, the Nile--and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra."--Don Birnam (Ray Milland)
Quote "Good morning, Mary Sunshine!"--male nurse to his alcoholic patients
Premiere "Every addiction film since has taken a page from LOST WEEKEND; if only they'd been as good." 12/01/2003 p.5
Billy Wilder
Ray Milland
Cast & Crew
Doris Dowling - Actor
Frank Faylen - Actor
Howard DaSilva - Actor
Jane Wyman - Actor
Philip Terry - Actor
Ray Milland - Actor
Charles R. Jackson - Based On Novel By
Billy Wilder - Director
John F. Seitz - Director of Photography
Miklos Rozsa - Musical Score
Charles Brackett - Producer
Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Charles Brackett - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1945
Catalog ID 21153
UPC 00025192115325
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1946) Ray Milland, Winner, Best Actor,Billy Wilder, Winner, Best Director,Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Winner, Best Screenplay,John F. Seitz, Nominee, Best Black-And-White Cinematography,Doane Harrison, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Musical Score, Drama Or Comedy
Cannes Film Festival (1946) Ray Milland, Winner, Best Actor
Golden Globe (1946) Ray Milland, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor,Billy Wilder, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review The script by Wilder and Brackett is merciless and unrelenting but literate and even poetic in spots. Wilder's direction is excruciatingly effective in its set shots and unusual framing. And Milland's virtuoso performance as the hopeless alcoholic is startling, shocking and utterly riveting.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Review Billy Wilder's tragic film on alcoholism won him an Oscar, earned its star Ray Milland one, and took Best Picture to boot. Milland's masterful performance is riveting as the lead character, a man who loves to drink and gradually descends into the depths of alcoholism... it's simply heartrending to see the bottle take out the blessings of his life, one by one. The film's haunting black and white cinematography (this is one that simply could not have been done right in color) punctuate its story.
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Milland,Ray
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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