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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

 -  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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Joyce Grenfell ...
Mrs. Barham
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Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ...
Sheila
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Old Sailor
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Capt. Harry Spaulding
John Crawford ...
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ...
Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ...
Adm. Hoyle
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Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ...
Gen. William Hallerton
Gary Cockrell ...
Lt. 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 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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Emily  »

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James Garner says that this is his favorite of his movies. See more »

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One of the admirals says "it has to be a neap tide so we can unload... with a minimum of open beach to cross... D-Day has to be June 5th or 6th... won't repeat these tidal conditions for half a year, at least with a moon". Apparently the script writers did not understand the meaning of "neap" (low tide), because they describe a spring tide (which has the most extreme high and low water marks) in terms of beach conditions but call it a neap tide (which has the least difference between high and low water marks). The reason given is historically incorrect as well, as avoiding defensive obstacles placed by the Germans was the main reason. (See the Wikipedia article "Normandy landings".) Also, the tide cycle is linked to the moon, so the next full moon would have been accompanied by another spring (high) tide, no half-year wait needed. See more »

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


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Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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A black comedy about the excesses of war set against the backdrop of D-Day.
19 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1964 at the Air Force base where I was stationed. At the time I thought it was an odd choice to show on base, but in those days, I guess the military wasn't so sensitive that they had to censor the films shown on base. The movie practically disappeared for 40 years, and I was pleased to see that it is now released on DVD. I watched the DVD this weekend and was happy to find that the film still seemed fresh and had aged very well.

Watching this movie reminds one of why James Garner and Julie Andrews became stars. They are both extremely likable and have good chemistry together. Garner's character, Charlie Madison, is just a rift on his Maverick TV personae, but is well suited to the character. Andrews, in a non-singing role, is luminescent. She plays a British war widow the way all Americans think of British women. It is a classic portrayal. The star of this film though, is the script by Paddy Chayefsky. Snappy, witty dialog and that strong dose of black humor amply illustrate why Chayefsky should be considered on of the finest script writers of all time. This is equal to his work in Network.

The DVD extras are sparse. There is a 6 minute 1964 MGM featurette on the filming of the Omaha Beach scene. It is only notable by comparison of Mr Garner's treatment during filming to how today's over-indulged, ego-inflated, and under-whelming movie stars are treated. Recommended.


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