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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Grenfell ...
Mrs. Barham
Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ...
Old Sailor
Capt. Harry Spaulding
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ...
Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ...
Adm. Hoyle
Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ...
Gen. William Hallerton
Lt. Victor Wade


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 Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Emily  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original paper dust jacket of the first edition of the novel "The Americanization of Emily" states that it is "The further adventures of Lieutenant Commander James Monroe Madison of The Revolt of Mamie Stover". See more »


William Windom is incorrectly credited as Capt. Harry Spaulding, but he wears the insignia of a Lt. Cmdr. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: The Americanization of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Intelligent, poignant satire on the the meaning of heroism
1 January 2004 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Simply put, this is one of my all-time favorite movies. I can't possibly agree with the individual who wrote this was possibly James Garner's worst movie. The exact opposite is true. The character of Charlie is callous, and self-serving, but he has a dedication to the admiral that is logical and touching. It is the admiral, after all, who saved Charlie from the realities of war.

Listen to Charlie's speech about how he got there. He started off by going to war with all the ideals of any other Marine, but in the teeth of war he realized he wasn't the man he thought he was and "the glory" certainly wasn't worth it. Charlie is a coward, but not a deserter. He has priorities, which he lists to Emily.

Garner does a fine job in communicating the role of an outwardly selfish and uncaring man struggling hard to suppress his principles.

Julie Andrews' Emily is just the person to bring those principles out. And James Coburn is outstanding as the one person who actually takes the admiral's plan for a sailor to be the first casualty on Omaha Beach seriously.

Very good acting by all. Fine comic performances in a film that is easily overlooked by today's audiences because it isn't the type of humor that hits you over the head with a baseball bat to make its point. Instead, it uses characterization and intelligence.

How sad we are that we are no longer required to think about movies, since so many of them have no thought behind them other than making money.

"The Americanization of Emily" is definitely worth a look if you like smart, intelligent characters with something to say.

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