The Lost Weekend

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 6, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Film Highlights
    • Trailers
    • Parental Lock
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Biographies: Cast & Crew

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat' It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what does it do to my mind' It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent, supremely competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm van Gogh, painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before the movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers--all three of 'em. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer--it's the Nile, Nat, the Nile--and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra."
  - Don Birnam (Ray Milland)
"Good morning, Mary Sunshine!"
  - male nurse to his alcoholic patients

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1945 - Best Actor: Ray Milland
Academy Awards 1945 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett
Academy Awards 1945 - Best Director: Billy Wilder
Academy Awards 1945 - Best Picture
Cannes 1946 - Best Actor: Ray Milland

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 33


User Ratings: 8,830
Director Billy Wilder's technique of photographing Third Avenue in the grey morning sunlight with a concealed camera to keep the crowds from being self-conscious gives this sequence the shock of reality. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 17, 2009
Today it's less impressive but not without its virtues. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Dec 13, 2006
The "curse of the drink" was never more vividly dealt with than in The Lost Weekend. It is a modern version of an old-time thriller type of melodrama about the evils of over-imbibing, more streamlined and scientific than its predecessors, Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Apr 22, 2019
Every addiction film since has taken a page from LOST WEEKEND; if only they'd been as good.
Dec 1, 2003
Under Wilder's imaginative direction, Milland has been able to convey just what an uncontrollable craving for liquor does to a man's mind, his body and soul. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 23, 2012
Although ultimately less bleak than Charles Jackson's autobiographical novel, the film is uncompromising in its depiction of the lies, self-deception and degradation that alcoholism leads to. Full Review
Observer (UK)
Feb 20, 2013
It is intense, morbid -- and thrilling. Here is an intelligent dissection of one of society's most rampant evils. Full Review
Feb 20, 2008

Product Description:

Ray Milland stars as alcoholic writer Don Birnam in Billy Wilder's first unabashedly dramatic film, and one of the first to deal in such painstaking detail with the disease of alcoholism. Don shares an apartment in New York City in the 1940s with his brother Wick (Phillip Terry) who has his hands full trying to deal with his brother's drinking problem. One night, Don encourages his brother to take his girlfriend Helen St. James (Jane Wyman) to hear some music only so that he can be out from under their watchful eyes. Taking the money left for the maid, he goes out to buy some liquor, stashing one bottle in the chandelier. When he goes to the bar the next day, Nat (Howard Da Silva), the owner berates him for treating his girlfriend badly and warns him that he's on a path toward death. Don returns to the apartment to try to work on his novel "The Bottle," but consumed by self-doubt, goes to another bar, and steals a woman's purse to buy a drink. As the weekend wears on, his spiral downward continues apace. Although dated in some respects, the film's unadorned portrait of the relentless torture that is alcoholism still packs a powerful punch thanks to Wilder's sharp script, the deep-focus camerawork of John Seitz, and a career performance by Ray Milland.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed on location in New York City.
  • The National Board of Review named THE LOST WEEKEND one of the Best 10 English-language films of 1945. The New York Film Critics Circle named it the Best Film of 1945.
  • Ray Milland was named Best Actor by the National Board and by the New York Critics.
  • Billy Wilder was named Best Director by the New York Critics.
  • The film screened at 1946 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Info

  • UPC: 025192115325
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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