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Alcohol in Film

Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

Directed by James Bridges. Cast:Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates. Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer, abandons the wheat fields of Kansas for the skyline of Manhattan, and the city's seductive party subculture. Hitting the clubs night after night, Jamie soon spins out of control, and he risks losing everything and everyone he loves. Based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Special features: Commentary with author/screenwriter Jay McInerney; commentary with cinematographer Gordon Willis; exclusive featurettes: Jay McInerney's The light within ; Big city lights; still photo gallery.

Charlie's Drunken Daze (aka Charlie's Night Out) (1915)

Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Charlie and Ben Turpin are drunks about town, starting at a cafe and ending in a risque hotel room mix-up with a pretty girl.

Clean (Canada / France / UK, 2004)

Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Jeanne Balibar, Don McKellar, James Dennis, Martha Henry, James Johnston, Remi Martin, Laetitia Spigarelli, Tricky, Beatrice Dalle. Emily Wang, the wife of recently overdosed and dead washed-up North American rock star, Lee Hauser, is arrested for possession and spends 6 months in prison. Custody of her son is given to her parents-in-law. When she gets out, she returns to Paris to get herself clean so that she can get her son back. 111 min.

Clean and Sober (1988)

Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. Cast: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate Donovan. A young, hotshot real-estate broker has a drug abuse problem he refuses to acknowledge. When he gets in trouble with his company and the law, he decides to hide out in a detox program. What he doesn't count on is that the drug rehab program will force him to face himself, admit his addiction and come clean. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crazy Heart (2009)

Directed by Scott Cooper. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. The powerful story of a country music star's rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. But will Bad's hard-livin' ways and crazy heart cost him his last chance at a comeback? 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Days of Wine & Roses (1962)

Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman, Alan Hewitt, Tom Palmer. A domestic drama which reveals the corrosive effects of alcoholism on a hardened young advertising executive and his attractive young wife, both of whom drink heavily to compensate for their insecurity. 117 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Days of Wine & Roses (TV, 1958)

Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Piper Laurie, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bickford. Originally broadcast by CBS on the Playhouse 90 television series on Oct. 2, 1958; rebroadcast on PBS during the 1980-81 season. This television production of the play by J.P. Miller uses flashbacks to tell the story of a young couple's fall to the lowest depths of alcoholic despair and the man's choice of sobriety over his still-alcoholic wife. 88 min. ;

Devdas (India, 1955)

Directed by Bimal Roy. A remake of P. C. Barua's Devdas (1935) for which Bimal Roy was a cameraman, this is the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death at her doorstep. In Hindi without subtitles. 159 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Devdas (India, 2002)

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff. A 2002 remake of the love story which tells the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death. Based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. 170 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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