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The Lost Weekend

Released Nov 16, 1945 1h 41m Drama List
97% Tomatometer 74 Reviews 90% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Writer Don Birnam (Ray Milland) is on the wagon. Sober for only a few days, Don is supposed to be spending the weekend with his brother, Wick (Phillip Terry), but, eager for a drink, Don convinces his girlfriend (Jane Wyman) to take Wick to a show. Don, meanwhile, heads to his local bar and misses the train out of town. After recounting to the bartender (Howard da Silva) how he developed a drinking problem, Don goes on a weekend-long bender that just might prove to be his last. Read More Read Less
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Director Billy Wilder's unflinchingly honest look at the effects of alcoholism may have had some of its impact blunted by time, but it remains a powerful and remarkably prescient film.

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Pauline Kael New Yorker The whole thing is short on imaginative resonance; what it has is the Brackett-and-Wilder specialty -- a distinctive cruel (and sometimes cruelly funny) edge. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Marjory Adams Boston Globe The Lost Week End is magnificent melodrama, a serious study into a disease which too often is delineated in ridiculous guise, and an absorbing attempt to show the misery of drink. Feb 3, 2022 Full Review Ida Belle Hicks Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com If Ray Milland doesn't get the Academy Award for his work in The Lost Week-end it will be a miscarriage of justice. Feb 3, 2022 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily Billy Wilder shows why he is one of the all-time great directors and screenwriters with one intense and desperate moment after the next. Filled with acerbic and biting dialogue, Wilder and co-writer Charles Brackett’s script is among the best of its time. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Edwin F. Melvin Christian Science Monitor It displays with pitiless realism the humiliation, the degradation and the horror experienced by an alcoholic. Aug 18, 2022 Full Review Dilys Powell Sunday Times (UK) Mr. Jackson's novel is not a masterpiece, but it is a brilliant experiment; and the team of Brackett and Wilder, co-writers and respectively, producer and director, have made of it a film which is often brilliant. Aug 8, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Russ Absolutely ludicrous. It plays like a one of the short films about drugs, alcohol, and, of course, sex, that was shoved down your throat at a high school assembly. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/05/24 Full Review Alec C This weekend begins a path of self-destruction for one alcoholic as his demons threaten to consume him! A sober look at the affects of alcoholism, low self-esteem, paranoia and suicide all through the eyes of one man as he begins a bender that might end with him dead. Surprisingly relevant today as it was all those years ago, this depressing drama manages to bring us down to our low points at every turn! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/31/23 Full Review Kyle C The isolation and frustration of addiction takes center stage in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend. Its trials and morals are still as relevant as ever. Ray Milland earned his Academy Award playing a troubled writer wrestling with his demons, in an archetype performance that inspired countless other actors, like Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas. This film is culturally significant and well worth the watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review Anthony J Dated doesn't begin to cover it. By today's standard, the drama is overblown, the acting mostly corny and the 'special effects' (DTs) pathetically cheap. Once a landmark film, now silly, dated cornball look at a serious issue. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Stephen C I got lost in 01 hour: and 41 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest 01 hour: and 41 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Writer Don Birnam (Ray Milland) is on the wagon. Sober for only a few days, Don is supposed to be spending the weekend with his brother, Wick (Phillip Terry), but, eager for a drink, Don convinces his girlfriend (Jane Wyman) to take Wick to a show. Don, meanwhile, heads to his local bar and misses the train out of town. After recounting to the bartender (Howard da Silva) how he developed a drinking problem, Don goes on a weekend-long bender that just might prove to be his last.
Director
Billy Wilder
Producer
Charles Brackett
Screenwriter
Charles R. Jackson, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 16, 1945, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 29, 2016
Runtime
1h 41m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.37:1)
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