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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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An Absolute Classic See more (64 total) »


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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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Additional Details

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
Argentina:16 | 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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The role of Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison was originally offered to William Holden, while James Garner was considered for the part of "Bus" Cummings.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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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47 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
An Absolute Classic, 13 March 2000
Author: Judger from Cranford, NJ

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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