The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  27 October 1964 (USA)
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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
John Crawford ...
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ...
Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ...
Adm. Hoyle
Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ...
Gen. William Hallerton
Gary Cockrell ...
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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27 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Emily  »

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(Westrex Recording System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The role of Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison was originally offered to William Holden, while James Garner was considered for the part of "Bus" Cummings. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Featured in Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film (2002) See more »


Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Wonderfully crafted romantic drama
3 March 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

There can be no Paddy Chayefsky without comedy, nor can there be without drama. His work is always serious, channeled with humor, but his presentation is so on-point, so honest, so blatant, that as viewers we are forced to soak it all up, and we are left the better for it.

Set in wartime, the Americanization of Emily looks at changing times in a very changing world. The ‘balloon will go up' any day now, signaling the Invasion of Europe and all around will be forever changed.

It is not solely the warriors, the decision makers, that are central to the battle. Chayefsky knows that, and shows us that war will change all it touches, from the simple Emily (Julie Andrews), a kind, intelligent, sensitive single English woman to the devil-may-care ‘scrounger', Lt Cmdr Charles Madison (James Garner-somewhat a reprise of his role in The Great Escape).

This movie is a romance, and a serious examination of people over-matched by forces outside their control, who struggle to do everything in their control to find their way.

A well-told story, skillfully delivered. It's hard to ask for much more than that.

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