Charlie Bubbles (1968)

91 mins | Drama | 1968

Director:

Albert Finney

Writer:

Shelagh Delaney

Producer:

Michael Medwin

Cinematographer:

Peter Suschitzky

Editor:

Fergus McDonell

Production Designer:

George Marshall

Production Companies:

Memorial Enterprises, Ltd., Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Released in Great Britain in Sep 1968; running time: 89 ... More Less

Released in Great Britain in Sep 1968; running time: 89 min. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr-orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to the prod
DETAILS
Release Date:
1968
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 February 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Memorial Enterprises, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
30 March 1968
Copyright Number:
LP41196
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
91
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Despite the advantages and luxuries that a successful writing career have brought him, Charlie Bubbles is bored with his life. At a plush London restaurant, he runs into an old friend, Smokey Pickles, and joins him for a drunken tour of London's haberdasheries, pool halls, and pubs. Charlie returns to his expensive townhouse with Smokey, slumps before the closed-circuit television monitors in his office, and disinterestedly watches the movements of his servants and secretary. An angry phone call from his ex-wife Lottie, who lives in a farmhouse in the country, reminds Charlie that he had promised to take their 9-year-old son, Jack, to a soccer match. Not particularly anxious to make the trip alone, he takes his American secretary Eliza along. They spend the early morning hours at a hotel in Manchester, and he passively permits her to make love to him. Upon arriving at Lottie's the next morning, Charlie is greeted with indifference almost equal to his own. In an attempt to communicate with his son, he takes the boy to the soccer match but loses him in the crowd. After searching for hours, he notifies the police and returns to the farmhouse, where he finds Jack contentedly watching television with his mother. Realizing that even his son has no real need of him, Charlie crawls into bed and falls asleep. The next morning he arises early and walks to a nearby meadow where a huge observation balloon is moored. He climbs into it, cuts the ropes, and rises slowly into the ... +


Despite the advantages and luxuries that a successful writing career have brought him, Charlie Bubbles is bored with his life. At a plush London restaurant, he runs into an old friend, Smokey Pickles, and joins him for a drunken tour of London's haberdasheries, pool halls, and pubs. Charlie returns to his expensive townhouse with Smokey, slumps before the closed-circuit television monitors in his office, and disinterestedly watches the movements of his servants and secretary. An angry phone call from his ex-wife Lottie, who lives in a farmhouse in the country, reminds Charlie that he had promised to take their 9-year-old son, Jack, to a soccer match. Not particularly anxious to make the trip alone, he takes his American secretary Eliza along. They spend the early morning hours at a hotel in Manchester, and he passively permits her to make love to him. Upon arriving at Lottie's the next morning, Charlie is greeted with indifference almost equal to his own. In an attempt to communicate with his son, he takes the boy to the soccer match but loses him in the crowd. After searching for hours, he notifies the police and returns to the farmhouse, where he finds Jack contentedly watching television with his mother. Realizing that even his son has no real need of him, Charlie crawls into bed and falls asleep. The next morning he arises early and walks to a nearby meadow where a huge observation balloon is moored. He climbs into it, cuts the ropes, and rises slowly into the sky. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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