Charlie Bubbles


1h 29m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A successful, married businessman grows bored with his life and begins an affair with his younger secretary.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Feb 1968
Production Company
Memorial Enterprises, Ltd.; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Regional Film Distributors
Country
Great Britain and United States
Location
England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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 sky.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Feb 1968
Production Company
Memorial Enterprises, Ltd.; Universal Pictures
Distribution Company
Regional Film Distributors
Country
Great Britain and United States
Location
England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Released in Great Britain in September 1968; running time: 89 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted Best Supporting Actress (Whitelaw) by the 1968 National Society of Film Critics.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1968 New York Times Film Critics.

Released in United States December 1967

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1968

Directorial debut for actor Albert Finney.

Screen debut for Liza Minelli.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1968

Released in United States December 1967