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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 27 October 1964 (USA)
An American Naval Officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), William Bradford Huie (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Lt. Commander Charles Edward Madison
Julie Andrews ... Emily Barham
Melvyn Douglas ... Admiral William Jessup
James Coburn ... Lt. Commander Paul 'Bus' Cummings
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Barham
Edward Binns ... Admiral Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ... Sheila
Keenan Wynn ... Old Sailor
William Windom ... Captain Harry Spaulding
John Crawford ... Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Captain Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ... Admiral Hoyle
Steve Franken ... Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ... General William Hallerton
Gary Cockrell ... Lieutenant Victor Wade
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During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Lieutenant Commander Charles Edward Madison (James Garner) exactly; he knows all of the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for English woman Emily Barham (Dame Julie Andrews), and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charles being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.

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Swinging's their game and London will never be the same! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Included amongst the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the five hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

In one shot of Charlie's hotel room door, the exterior of the door is white, in another the exterior of the door is wood grain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: Hi, Harry. It'll only be a few moments, sir. Put that hand luggage in the automobile. Paul? Paul!
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams: Yeah.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: Put the footlocker in the jeep. Everything else goes in the two-and-a-half. Unloading shouldn't take long, so you won't be more than a few minutes behind us. I'll see you back at the hotel. Harry. Is everything set at the hotel?
[Slaps driver on butt]
Female driver, unidentified: Hiya, Charlie.
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Crazy Credits

The three women that James Coburn sleeps with are collectively credited as "The Three Nameless Broads (in order of appearance)". See more »

Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 7 October 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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A satiric, romantic, daring black comedy, it is dialog-driven and certainly wordy in places, but it has a lot to say.
18 September 2011 | by castildaSee all my reviews

Americanization of Emily is not an anti-war or pacifist film. Its position is anti- glorification of war or heroism. Chayefsky himself was a war hero and awarded a Purple Heart. His position on war is stated clearly by the James Garner character in the amazing garden scene with Emily and her mother, who has been driven mad with grief over the loss of her husband, son-in-law, etc. in the war. Emily takes Charlie's cowardice and throws it back at him. The film was unavailable for years since the widow of the author of the book on which it is based held the copyright and would not release it for DVD. It is finally available for a new generation, and the ideas are still timely and valid. The theme song, Emily, is a jazz classic that has become better known than the film itself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emily See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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