The Lost Weekend movie

The Lost Weekend movie released in January 1946, and is a realistic movie about the horrors of alcoholism.

About movie

The movie was released is considered to be a well timed movie, because many of service men who returned home after the Second World war ended, became addicted to alcohol to overcome the horrors of the war. The movie received good reviews from movie critics after it was released. It was also a box office success. More than seventy years after it was released the movie continues to be relevant, especially for those who suffer from alcoholism or have a family member suffering from it.

Cast and Crew

The movie, the Lost Weekend was directed by Billy Wilder, with the screenplay written by Charles Brackett along with Wilder. The movie was based on the book of the same name by Charles Jackson. The popular actor Ray Milland played the role of Don Birnam convincingly. The actress Jane Wyman enacted the role of Don's girlfriend Helen, while Philip Terry enacted Don's brother Wick. The movie is remembered for a very realistic depiction of an alcoholics life, and Ray Milland spent some time in the alcoholic ward to prepare for his performance, especially his delirium, how the body is affected.

Plot summary

The main character in the movie Lost Weekend is Don Birnam, a charming writer who is hopelessly addicted to drinking alcohol. His writing career is adversely affected by his addiction to alcohol. He is sharing his apartment with his brother Wick in New York and has a girlfriend Helen St James who is love with him. Both his brother and girlfriend realize that his addiction is adversely affecting his life, and do everything possible to ensure that he does not drink alcohol. After they have kept him sober for ten days, they plan a weekend in the countryside so that he can get a break from his routine and remain alcohol-free.

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  However, Don Birnam is so addicted to alcohol, that he manages to avoid the weekend getaway sending his brother with his girlfriend to remain alone. He then remains at home and desperately searches for money to purchase alcohol. He is willing to pawn his typewriter for money. He finally finds ten dollars which were kept for the cleaning lady and goes to his favorite bar and liquor store. There he goes on a four-day drinking binge, sharing the story of his life with anyone who listens. He is then hospitalized for some time, and when he returns home, he contemplates suicide.