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The Americanization of Emily -- Oscar-nominee James Garner (Maverick) stars as a pacifistic American naval officer who discovers he has been selected to become the first casualty of the Normandy invasion.


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Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
William Bradford Huie (novel)
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Release Date:
27 October 1964 (USA) See more »
Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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James Garner ... Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison

Julie Andrews ... Emily Barham

Melvyn Douglas ... Adm. William Jessup

James Coburn ... Lt. Cmdr. Paul 'Bus' Cummings
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Barham

Edward Binns ... Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ... Sheila

Keenan Wynn ... Old Sailor

William Windom ... Capt. Harry Spaulding
John Crawford ... Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ... Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ... Adm. Hoyle

Steve Franken ... Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ... Gen. William Hallerton
Gary Cockrell ... Lt. Victor Wade

Alan Sues ... Petty Officer Enright
Bill Fraser ... Port Commander
Lou Byrne ... Nurse Captain

Alan Howard ... Port Ensign
Linda Marlowe ... Pat
Janine Gray ... 1st 'Nameless Broad'

Judy Carne ... 2nd 'Nameless Broad'
Kathy Kersh ... 3rd 'Nameless Broad'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Billman ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luis Delgado ... Marine on Landing Craft (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Officer (uncredited)
Jim Jacobs ... Navy Aircrewman (uncredited)
Bob Johnson ... Documentary Narration (voice) (uncredited)

Kent McCord ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)

Sharon Tate ... Beautiful Girl (uncredited)

Red West ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Writing credits
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)

William Bradford Huie (novel)

Produced by
John Calley .... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop  (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Tom McAdoo 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Hans Peters 
Elliot Scott 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Henry Grace 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Challis .... additional photographer (as Chris Challis)
Travers Hill .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Elliott .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Johnny Mandel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Alain Delalande .... subtitles: original version with French subtitles
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Emily" - USA (reissue title)
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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Finland:K-7 (new rating: 2001) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:X | USA:Approved (certificate #20611) | West Germany:16

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Julie Andrews' only movie in black and white.See more »
Factual errors: When the Admirals were drinking heavily in the hotel room they reflected on their days at Annapolis as cadets. Annapolis never has had the rank of cadet, instead, they are Midshipmen.See more »
[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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Overlooked Gem Looks Angrily and Wittily at the American Military Propaganda Machine, 2 May 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Masterfully scripted by Paddy Chayefsky, this 1964 anti-war film is not quite a classic but nonetheless an unexpected treat and one that deserves resurrection by a new generation of viewers. Set in WWII London, the dark hearted plot focuses on Navy Lieutenant Commander Charles Madison, an especially notorious personal assistant to the mentally unstable Admiral William Jessup. Madison's job is to make sure Jessup gets anything he wants, and he has a warehouse full of contraband to back him up. Smug in his self-awareness about his cowardice, he meets Emily Barham, an English war widow who has lost her father and brother as well as her husband to the war. She is repulsed by Madison's manipulative agenda and cavalier materialism, and he finds her priggish and self-righteous. Needless to say, they fall in love. Complicating matters is Jessup's hare-brained scheme to ensure the first casualty of the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach be a naval man. Without a glimmer of irony recognized, the admiral assigns Madison and his colleague "Buzz" Cummings to find the appropriate sailor and film his heroic death.

The sheer audacity of this task is a hallmark of Chayefsky's vitriolic style, and the film is full of his brittle, observant dialogue and sharply articulate soliloquies. You need an actor of consummate charm and cunning to play Madison effectively, and Garner responds by turning in one of the best performances of his long career. He shows not only his deft comedic touch but also a piercing insight into the integrity that can come from an acknowledged lack of courage. Squeezed in between her twin juggernauts of sugar, "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music", Julie Andrews gives an intelligent, passionate performance as Emily that actually eclipses her acting in either mega-hit. The movie's title comes from her character's resistance to what she sees as cheapening her values by becoming more American. Together, they not only spark romantically but also trade speeches of barbed cynicism making Chayefsky's words fly off the page with supple dexterity.

Screen stalwart Melvyn Douglas is a terrifically befuddled blowhard as Jessup, while an especially energetic James Coburn aggressively turns "Buzz" into a monomaniacal yes-man. Joyce Grenfell is superb in her few scenes as Emily's no-nonsense mother. For interested baby boomers, you can even see future "Laugh-In" regulars Alan Sues and Judy Carne in bit parts, as well as the late Sharon Tate. If there is a weakness to the film, it comes from Arthur Hiller's pedestrian direction making the film more episodic than it should. The 2005 DVD package has a sharp print of the film and includes Hiller's informative commentary on an alternate track. He is understandably proud of the film since his subsequent work ("Love Story", "Making Love") has not even come close to the quality of this production. There is also a short, "Action on the Beach", which shows how the realistic filming of the D-Day scene was executed. It would be interesting to see this film in a double bill with Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" to get alternative perspectives on the same event.

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