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George Roy Hill
Max von Sydow,
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
The D-Day landing scenes were filmed on Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, California. In the behind-the-scenes documentary "Action on the Beach" (1964), the Mandalay power generating station, then operated by Southern California Edison can be seen in several shots. The plant, still operating in 2010, opened in 1959. See more »
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 »
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:
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:
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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 »
Unlike most WWII movies of this era, this movie wasn't afraid to take a dark but witty look at military establishment.
James Coburn character takes seriously a delusional Admiral (the great Melvin Douglas) who conceives of a "Tomb of the Unknown Sailor" Coburn assigns a devoutly un-heroic James Garner to storm Normandy Beach to film and retrieve the body of the first sailor killed on D-Day. In an unforgettable scene, a very intoxicated Keenan Wynne is assigned to the project and responds by saying "I may be drunk, but I'm not THAT drunk!".
The writing and dialog are some of the most intelligent and clever that you will ever see in a movie. Near the end of the movie, Julie Andrew gives a brilliant speach that takes Garner's anti-heroic philosophy and spins it back to him in a clever and unexpected way.
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