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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
The author of the novel, "The Americanization of Emily", William Bradford Huie, states in the foreword to the novel that: "The Americanization of Emily, like The Revolt of Mamie Stover, is from the war memoirs of Lieutenant Commander James Monroe Madison, USNR. All characters are fictitious." The novel's protagonist is Jimmie Madison. That character is named Charlie Madison and is played by James Garner in this movie, and is named Jim Blair and is played by Richard Egan in The Revolt of Mamie Stover. 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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Amusing warfare cynical comedy about an immoral and oversexed Lieutenant during Overlord operation
Acceptable but overlong war comedy with screenplay by prestigious Paddy Chayefsky and being based on a novel written by William Bradford . It deals with an American naval Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison (the role was originally offered to William Holden, while James Garner was considered for the part of "Bus" Cummmings played by James Coburn) , he has a talent for living the good life in wartime that is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission . Meanwhile , he falls in love with an enticing Brit widow (Julie Andrews' only movie in black and white). But when his Admiral (Melvyn Douglas) suffers a nervous breakdown , it leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and risked mission dealing with a master plan to have American naval soldier first Normandy with predictable results .
This cynical war comedy contains drama , humor , emotion and romance . Top-of the-range stellar cast who gives magnificent acting as James Garner who is splendid as a coward sponger who takes his life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself ; Garner always says that this is his favorite of his movies and an attractive Julie Andrews who is frankly well . Very good support cast such as James Coburn as Lt. Cmdr. Paul 'Bus' Cummings , Edward Binns as Adm. Thomas , Keenan Wynn as Old Sailor , William Windom as Capt. Harry Spaulding and special mention to Melvyn Douglas as Adm. William Jessup .
This ironic picture was financed by producer Martin Ransohoff who removed director William Wyler from the picture as Wyler wanted to change Paddy Chayefsky's script. It was a rare instance in which a producer supported a screenwriter over a director, particularly one of Wyler's caliber. As Chayefsky was known to have guarantees written into his contracts protecting his scripts, Ransohoff may have had no choice but to replace Wyler with Arthur Hiller . Nice production design and art direction from George W Davis and Hans Peters , though several war images have been taken from stock shots , some scenes of the D-Day landing scenes were filmed on Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, California . Atmospheric as well as evocative Original Music by Johnny Mandel . Excellent Cinematography in black and white by Philip H. Lathrop though also shown and available in horrible colorized version .
The motion picture was well and professionally directed by Arthur Hiller . Arthur is a good craftsman who has directed all kind of genres as Romantic story : ¨Love story¨ , wartime : ¨Tobruk¨ , Drama : ¨Making love¨, ¨Author , Author¨ ; being his specialty comedy genre such as proved in ¨The out of towners¨, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" , ¨Silver streak¨ , ¨Outrageous Fortune¨, or this ¨The Americanization of Emily¨ .
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