directed by Blake Edwards
USA 1962

Joe (Jack Lemmon) forces Kirsten (Lee Remick) to take an honest, harsh look in the mirror: "I walked by the Union Square Bar. I was going to go in. Then I saw myself - my reflection in the window - and I thought, 'I wonder who that bum is.' And then I saw it was me. Now look at me. I'm a bum. Look at me. Look at you. You're a bum. Look at you. And look at us. Look at us. C'mon, look at us. See? A couple of bums." 

Blake Edwards's powerful adaptation of J.P. Miller's PLAYHOUSE 90 story, starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick in career performances, remains a variation in his body of work largely devoted to comedy. Clay (Lemmon), a San Francisco public relations man who is a constant social drinker, meets secretary Kirsten Arnesen (Lee Remick), who doesn't drink, and after a short time later they wed. A few months pass and Kirsten is capable of downing as much booze as her hubby. The years drift by and Joe loses one job after another and his wife neglects their child until he begins to come to grips with the fact that both of them are alcoholics. They move into her father's (Charles Bickford) nursery to dry out, but following a couple of weeks of sobriety, they go on a binge. Joe nearly destroys a greenhouse in a fanatical search for a bottle and ends up in hospital ward. Former alcoholic Jim Hungerford (Jack Klugman) tries to persuade Joe to join an organization to help deal with his problem, but Kirsten coaxes him back to the bottle. Lemmon is at his best and ditto for Remick in this harrowing tale of people consumed by their mutual addiction. This turns to an honest and heartbreaking portrayal of alcoholism as deftly done as any film I can remember.out of

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: December 26th, 1962 - USA

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Distribution Warner Home Video  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:57:08 
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

DVD Release Date:
January 6, 2004
Snap Case
Chapters: 27

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director Blake Edwards
• 2 Theatrical trailers
• Vintage interview with Jack Lemmon
• Widescreen anamorphic format (5:05)

This is a favorite film and the image quality is better than my wildest dreams. Everything looks absolutely marvelous... some of the best black levels I've seen in memory... excellent contrast. The Edwards commentary is a little weak and the Lemmon interview is oddly done but this is a fabulous disc. Original sound is clear and one of the better mono audios I've ever heard. Criterion-like disc would be an accurate description of this DVD.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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