About

Don Birnam, a long-time alcoholic, has been sober for ten days and appears to be over the worst... but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother and girlfriend, he begins a four-day bender that just might be his last - one way or another.

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Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

Charles Brackett (Screenplay)
Billy Wilder (Screenplay)
Charles R. Jackson (Novel)

Runtime

101 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The screen dares to open the strange and savage pages of a shocking bestseller!

Cast

Keywords

alcoholic alcoholism weekend writer film noir suicidal paranoia desperation addiction dishonesty brother hopelessness bartender flashback lies low self esteem delirium tremens bats evasion devoted girlfriend

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Awards

Oscar for Best Picture

Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role Ray Milland

Oscar for Best Director Billy Wilder

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Billy Wilder Charles Brackett