TimesTalks: Michael Caine: Five Favorite Films | The New York Times

Actor Michael Caine reminisces about making five of his most popular movies: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, Hannah and Her Sisters and Sleuth.

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TimesTalks: Michael Caine: Five Favorite Films


  1. Am I the only person in this world who hated “The Man Who Would Be King”?

    Not because of Michael Caine mind you. The reason I hate that film had nothing to do with Michael Caine or Caine’s performance in the movie.

    I’m surprised people fail to mention his lesser known but just as enjoyable performances: Sweet Liberty, California Suite, Battle Of Britain, Cars 2 (I think he would have been a good contender for 007 films) and my own personal favourite: Muppets Christmas Carol – how often did he sing in films/tv? He had a marvellous singing voice.

  2. Get Carter should be in the english version of the library of congress for the same reason The French Connection is in the library of congress. Its a perfect picture of that time and place that you hardly see in most movies, especially today when everything is either futuristic or bland so as not to be dated. And who would ever put that ending on a film now?

  3. Sleuth was, and is still, a great movie. I think it was "Larry" at his best. Michael Caine was great but he has gotten even better as the years have gone by. The range that each actor played was so wide and yet so effortless for the two of them. I watched the movie about a month ago with my 20yo son and we both enjoyed it.

  4. Michael Caine, great actor, Brexiteer who doesn't live in England but still tells them what to do, like his mate Connery – the most Scottish Scotsman who couldn't be paid enough to live in Scotland. Living proof that acting doesn't make you wise.

  5. "It would have been wiser if you'd both gone home at the end of your army service".

    Peachy -" Home to what? A porter's uniform outside a restaurant, an tanner tips from belching civilians for closing cab doors on them and their blowsy women?"

    Danny- "Not for us, thank you. Not after watching Afghans come howling down out of the hills and taking battlefield command when all the officers had copped it".

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