Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine as Alfie, Jane Asher as Annie, Shelley Winters as Ruby, Millicent Martin as Siddie, Vivien Merchant as Lily Clamacraft, Julia Foster as Gilda and Shirley Anne Field as Carla. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film was released by Paramount Pictures.
Alfie tells the story of a young womanising cheeky chappy who leads a self-centred life, purely for his own enjoyment, until events force him to question his uncaring behaviour, his loneliness and his priorities. He cheats on numerous women, and despite his confidence towards women, he treats them with disrespect and refers to them as "it", using them for sex and for domestic purposes. Alfie frequently breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera narrating and justifying his actions. His words often contrast with or totally contradict his actions.
Annie, Jane's role, is a young hitchhiker from Sheffield who is looking to make a fresh start in London and moves in with Alfie. She proves preoccupied with a love left behind, scrubbing Alfie's floor, doing his laundry, and preparing his meals to compensate. He grows resentful of the relationship and drives her out with an angry outburst, later regretting it. Around the same time, Lily (Vivien Merchant) informs him that she is pregnant from their one encounter, and the two plan for her to have an illegal abortion, that proves traumatic for both Lily and Alfie. The stress of the situations with Annie and Lily makes Alfie decide to change his non-committal ways and settle down with the rich Ruby (Shelly Winters).
This was the first film to receive the "suggested for mature audiences" classification by the Motion Picture Association of America in the United States.
The film had its World Premiere at the Plaza Theatre in the West End of London on 24 March 1966.