The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend
The Lost Weekend
  • NR
  • 1h 40m
  • 1945
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The Best Picture of 1945 has lost none of its bite or power in this uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Ironically, this brilliant Billy Wilder film was almost never released because of poor reaction by preview audiences unaccustomed to such stark realism from Hollywood, but the film has since gone on to be regarded as one of the all-time great dramas in movie history. Ray Milland's haunting portrayal of a would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a self-destructive three-day binge. Filled with riveting imagery, the multiple Academy Award®-winner offers an unforgettable view of life on the edge.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's unflinchingly honest look at the effects of alcoholism may have had some of its impact blunted by time, but it remains a powerful and remarkably prescient film.
New York Daily News
Kate Cameron

Under Wilder's imaginative direction, Milland has been able to convey just what an uncontrollable...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
TIME Staff

Director Billy Wilder's technique of photographing Third Avenue in the grey morning sunlight with...

April 10, 2019
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 16, 1945
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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