Directed by Blake Edwards • 1962 • United States
Starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford
Blake Edwards’s powerful adaptation of J. P. Miller’s heartrending teleplay broke startling new ground in its unsparing, bare-knuckled look at an ordinary family torn apart by alcoholism. Cast against type in one of his finest dramatic roles, Jack Lemmon plays a San Francisco public-relations hotshot, a “social” drinker . . . who never stops socializing. Soon his vivacious wife (Remick) starts drinking to keep him company, and it’s not long before the good times begin to turn bad. DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES earned five Academy Award nominations—including best actor (Lemmon) and actress (Remick)—and won a best song Oscar for its Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer title tune.