In this addiction melodrama, Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon), a promising adman, meet his future wife Kirsten (Lee Remick) at a party. Once married, the pressures of his business lead Joe to seek solace in liquor. Kirsten joins him in his nocturnal drinking sessions, and before long both are confirmed alcoholics. After several frightening episodes, Joe is able to shake the habit thanks to AA, but Kirsten finds it impossible to get through the day without liquor. The two split up, although Joe clings to the hope that someday he and Kirsten will be reunited, if for no reason other than the sake of their young daughter. J.P. Miller adapted the screenplay from his own 1958 Playhouse 90 television script. Though nominated in several categories, Days of Wine and Roses won only the Best Song Oscar for Henry Mancini's title tune. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This movie is an excellent portrayal of the way alcoholism blooms, it's joys and it's pleasures mixed with the illusion of happiness that makes it so difficult to realize the hard truth that everyone else sees so much sooner. As the viewer in the movie, we're waiting for the characters to recognize what we've known all along and wondering what tragedy awaits them next. Though in the end we're surprised at the turn their lives have taken.
This was an excellent film. Not only is the story well developed (and not predictable), but there is a great use of camera in many of the scenes. I don't this film would have had the impact it did if it had been in color. It's a great portrayal of what happens when alcohol gets in the way of two people who love each other.
Take a girl that never drank, make her drink and then stop drinking yourself after she is hooked. That is the entire plot - but, it is such a great movie that it will make you cry. If you haven't seen this one - rent it right away!