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The Lost Weekend Details

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[[Performer~P116768~Billy Wilder~billywilder]]'s searing portrait of an alcoholic features an Oscar-winning performance by Ray Milland as Don Birnam, a writer whose lust for booze consumes his career, his life, and his loves. The story begins as Don and his brother Wick ([[Performer~P70350~Philip Terry~phillipterry]]) are packing their bags in their New York apartment, preparing for a weekend in the country. Philip, aware of his brother's drinking problem, is keeping an eye of him, making sure he doesn't sneak a drink before the departure of their train. Arriving at the apartment is Don's girlfriend, Helen St. James (Jane Wyman), who has tickets to a Carnegie Hall concert that night. Don persuades Wick and Helen to go to the concert without him, hoping to find one of his well-hidden bottles of booze. But when Wick and Helen go to the concert, Don discovers that Wick has gotten rid of the liquor. Don has no money, so he can't visit the neighborhood bar -- that is, until the cleaning lady arrives to reveal money hidden in a sugar-bowl. Don grabs the cash and hits the street, heading off to Nat's Bar. Nat ([[Performer~P16520~Howard Da Silva~howarddasilva]]), a bartender who has seen it all, is surprised to see Don. But when Don shows he can pay for his drinks, Nat reluctantly serves him, telling Don, "One's too many and a thousand's not enough." Soon Don plunges in an alcoholic haze, his boozing landing him in a harrowing drunk tank, presided over by the cynical attendant Bim ([[Performer~P22908~Frank Faylen~frankfaylen]]). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 16, 1945

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Billy Wilder Best Director 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Wilder Best Director 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Wilder Best Screenplay 1945 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Billy Wilder Best Director 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Brackett Best Screenplay 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miklos Rozsa Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1945 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ray Milland Best Actor 1945 Winner
National Board of Review Ray Milland Best Actor 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Milland Best Actor 1945 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Ray Milland International Grand Prix For Best Actor 1946 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John F. Seitz Best Black and White Cinematography 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doane Harrison Best Editing 1945 Nominee

Cast

Ray Milland
as Don Birnam
Jane Wyman
as Helen St. James
Howard Da Silva
as Nat the Bartender
Phillip Terry
as Nick Birnam
Doris Dowling
as Gloria
Frank Faylen
as Bim
Frank Orth
as Opera Attendant
Harry Barris
as Piano Player
James Millican
as Nurse
Lee Shumway
as Guard
Pat Moriarity
as Irishman
Clarence Muse
as Washroom Attendant
Douglas Spencer
as Beetle
Emmett Vogan
as Doctor
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
as Washroom Attendant
Eddie Laughton
as Mr. Brophy
Byron Foulger
as Shopkeeper
David Clyde
as Dave

Crew

Billy Wilder
Director
Charles Brackett
Producer
Charles Brackett
Screenwriter
Billy Wilder
Screenwriter
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Victor Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
Giuseppe Verdi
Featured Music
Doane Harrison
Editor
Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Bertram Granger
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Joel Moss
Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley Cooley
Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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