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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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Capt. Harry Spaulding
John Crawford ...
Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ...
Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ...
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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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Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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27 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Emily  »

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Although the DVD cover states that film historian Drew Casper does the audio commentary, it's actually Arthur Hiller. He speaks very fondly of the making of the movie. See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Action on the Beach (1964) See more »

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Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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One of the very best anti-war movies, esp. for Americans
29 October 2002 | by (miami, fl, usa) – See all my reviews

This film is being released on cable again here in the fall of 2002. I guess I hope some liberal Hollywood mogul is doing it on purpose, to give us, especially those of us in the US, another good dose of anti-war. The movie seems especially apt for me, for my countrymen, because it is both funny and serious, and, set in England, it gives a pretty good sense of what a people who know war think and feel about it.

I'm afraid I doubt that it's going to have much effect against the probably coming Iraq action, but I'd like to think it might have a bit.

Both James Garner and Julie Andrews do well in the film, and Melvyn Douglas is real good as an American ranking Naval officer who's sane about the "glories of war". The Brit who plays Julie Andrews mother, whose name I unhappily cannot remember, deserves strong mention, too, especially with her scene about the absurdity and stupidity of memorializing the first Allied death in the invasion at Normandy in WW II.


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