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Director:
Writers:
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
William Bradford Huie (novel)
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Release Date:
27 October 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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"I'm not interested in the truth, just the momentary fact of things." See more (59 total) »

Cast

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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)
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)
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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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Emily" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo
Certification:
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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Trivia:
According to screenwriter Joe Eszterhas's 2004 autobiography "American Animal", producer Martin Ransohoff 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.See more »
Goofs:
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 (high) tide in terms of beach conditions but call it a neap tide. 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 »
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.
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
"I'm not interested in the truth, just the momentary fact of things.", 18 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

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