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The Lost Weekend (1945) Movie Information

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Mystery, Drama






Billy Wilder


Ray Milland
Jane Wyman
Howard Da Silva





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A true alcoholic's life is followed for four days when he is on and off his binge drinking.

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Ryan Stephen M 04/13/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Lost Weekend is one of the darker Wilder movies that I have seen. The movie focuses on an alcoholic as his life is followed over a weekend. Dark or not, still a very good movie.

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mitchellyoung 07/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The film is at its best when it portrays the devastation and desperation of alcoholism through quieter and more intense scenes. Occasionally, the more dramatic scenes feel a little forced and over-the-top, but Billy Wilder's skill with wordplay and characterization make the film a relevant human portrayal of addiction that holds up today.

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Essi Suomela 06/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Beautifully written and melancholy story about alcoholism. This movie definitely deserves a place on the Top 250 list on

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This film really portrayed what the life of an alcoholic is really like. As someone who has first-hand knowledge of this problem (not me, but someone in my family, and I also refuse to use the word disease to describe it), your whole life is consumed by drinking. A lot of television and film shows how great and wonderful alcohol is, but the truth is (and I'm no teetotaler, I like to imbibe, myself) this is what happens when you let your drinking get out of control.

The acting was brilliant, Ray Milland, deservedly won the Academy Award for this film. Yes, I thought the "DTs" scene was a little over-the-top, but it worked. Honestly, though, I wasn't a fan of the ending. I didn't like the suicide sub-plot. I also wasn't convinced that he could be saved. I just assumed th...

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12/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I've read in an article that Al Pacino was inspired to be an actor by viewing this film. He was in awe with he acting ability of Milland. Performances were solid, writing was straightforward and message ever so clear. Not truly entertaining enough while some scenes albeit exaggerated. Story revolve around 3 distinct characters: Ray Milland as Don Birnam the alcoholic who wishes to write, Jane Wyman as Helen St. James who has been supportive and caring of Don and Phillip Terry as Wick Birnam, the brother who gets fed-up with Don's antics. The Lost Weekend may have been well acted and directed, it's overall output is left to be desired, unless the viewer enjoys hardcore drama and is a recovering alcoholic. Still, got to thank this film for producing one my personal favorite artists in...

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11/07/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Don Birnam (Ray Milland) and his brother Wick (Phillip Terry) were going on a weekend out of town together, but all Don wanted to do was drink. His girlfriend Helen St. James (Jane Wyman) and Wick both knew he was a drunk, but nobody knew just how desperate Don could get in the Best Picture winning film, "The Lost Weekend."

Ray Milland delivers a brilliant performance, making you feel true sympathy for such an anti-hero. Jane Wyman also delivers a wonderful performance as Ray's counterpart. The whole ensemble is very disturbingly and almost uncomfortably real. It's hard for me to describe the acting because it just struck me as such great work.

The story alone of a man desperately grabbing for that last drink is so captivating and so emotional that I was drawn in from the moment it ...

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