MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 740 this week

The Americanization of Emily (1964)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  27 October 1964 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 3,086 users  
Reviews: 60 user | 22 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 11 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Americanization of Emily (1964)

The Americanization of Emily (1964) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Americanization of Emily.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Henry J. Tyroone leaves Texas where his oil wells are drying up and arrives in New York with a lot of oil money to play with in the stock market. He meets stock analyst Molly Thatcher, who ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A famous fashion photographer is trapped in a remote South American country with a beautiful model and together with some unscrupulous characters, become involved in the search for a lost ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Eva Renzi, George Kennedy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Photographer Grif Henderson is assigned a photo shoot in Paris. He decides to take his wife, Jenny, and his hippie son, Davey, with him on the shoot. Everything gets mucked up when she ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Paris
Stars: James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Maurice Ronet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
One Special Night (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Builder Robert is visiting his ailing wife in a nursing home and is having problems getting a taxi home due to an intense snow storm. One of the doctors, Katherine offers him a lift home ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau
Up Periscope (1959)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin
36 Hours (1965)
War | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Garner, Etchika Choureau, Jack Warden
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Directors: Ronald Neame, Cliff Owen
Stars: James Garner, Melina Mercouri, Sandra Dee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Joyce Grenfell ...
Mrs. Barham
...
Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ...
Sheila
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emily  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in A Patch of Blue (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I'm not interested in the truth, just the momentary fact of things."
18 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For those of today's fans who think Julie Andrews made her film debut in Mary Poppins, they would be wrong. After leaving Camelot on Broadway, The Americanization of Emily was the vehicle with which Julie made her debut. And she sings not a note.

She didn't have to. Beneath all the comedy revolving around the scheming and conniving of James Garner to stay as far away from the hail of bullets as possible are some profound statements about the futility of war and the geopolitics that got the USA in that particular war.

James Garner is in a quintessential James Garner role as set down by Bret Maverick, the part that made Garner a star. He's a "dog robber" a military aide to an admiral who specializes in acquiring certain creature comforts for his boss. Garner became one after serving some combat in Guadalcanal and finding it not to his liking. Fortunately for him, he had the connections to get out of that situation unlike several thousand others. Not a very admirable man.

But despite herself, stiff upper lip Britisher Julie Andrews finds herself falling for him. There's is one rocky romance.

Through a combination of circumstances Garner finds himself going to the front on D-Day to film the Naval Engineers disabling the mines in the water at Normandy Beach. Once again, it's not to his liking.

Garner and Andrews get good support from the supporting cast consisting of James Coburn, William Windom, Joyce Grenfell and Melvyn Douglas as the battle fatigued admiral who's Garner's boss and who got him in the situation described.

One of my favorite scenes involves two sailors, Keenan Wynn and Steve Franken who get assigned to Garner to make the film. The three of them get cockeyed drunk and Garner's immediate superior James Coburn finds them in a state of uselessness. He has them hauled aboard the transport with the cargo.

One of the great things this film had going for it was the Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer title song of Emily. They were a hot combination of movie song writers then, having one back to back Oscars for Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses. Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, and Andy Williams are some of the artists who recorded that song back in 1964.

I can't give the ending away, but let's say that Garner through a bit of sophistry winds up doing exactly what he said he never would. But then again as Garner says, he's not interested in some great philosophical truth, just the momentary fact of things. He and Julie Andrews together are what counts most.


35 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Controversy welsa
james coburn teejay6682
Paddy Chayefski monologues horace-mcconnell
When is this movie coming to DVD? stevecee2002
Coloured version XxHengxX
not in aus? jazzychicken
Discuss The Americanization of Emily (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?