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Darling Lili (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  24 June 1970 (USA)
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Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lili Smith (Schmidt)
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Major William Larrabee
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Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival ...
T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney ...
Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson
Gloria Paul ...
Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ...
Major Duvalle
André Maranne ...
Lt. Liggett
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Bedford
Doreen Keogh ...
Emma
Carl Duering ...
General Kessler
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Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ...
French General
Louis Mercier ...
French General
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Sergeant Wells
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Storyline

Set in Paris during World War I. Lili Smith/Schmidt is a German spy being requested to go under cover to help Germany during the war, to try and find out their plans. Her "uncle" wishes her to fulfill the operation, whereas one of his colleagues believed she is not capable of performing such an operation as she is British. She soon finds herself following Major William Larrabee's every move and spending all her time either with him or thinking of him. Her "uncle" realises she's in love with him but Lili is not facing that she is. Things & people are coming between her true fate. But what is it... Written by OneSpecialJulie <julu3@hotmail.co.uk>

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She gave away secrets to one side and her heart to the other. See more »


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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darling Lili: Or Where Were You the Night You Said You Shot Down Baron von Richtofen  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,000,000 (USA)
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(director's cut) | (with overture and exit music)

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2.35 : 1
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A very troubled production, the film went way over budget and was a box office flop when released. Blake Edwards used the experience of making this film as the inspiration for the script to S.O.B. (1981). See more »

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In several interior scenes, Rock Hudson's hair style and sideburns are drastically shorter than in the rest of the film. This seems to give credence to the rumors of studio interference and the necessity of re-shoots. See more »

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Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson: My grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.
Lili Smith: How exciting.
Lt. George 'Youngblood' Carson: It was for my granddaddy.
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Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile
Music by Felix Powell (uncredited)
Lyrics by George Asaf (uncredited)
Performed by Julie Andrews (uncredited) and cast
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Not the Flop It Was Made Out to Be
12 January 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA USA) – See all my reviews

It was 1970. Julie Andrews had hit her highs onscreen, and her star was starting to fade, at least in the public's eye. "Lili" represented another opportunity for Julie to change her image, coming right after the megamusical "STAR!" which didn't deserve the drubbing *it* received either.

Audiences didn't seem to care for this WWI musical drama. In fact, they were staying away in droves from ANY musical--drama or not.

The shame of it all is that this film, with its many classic moments, was stigmatized by the press who were gunning for Our Fair Julie and her new beau, writer/director/producer Blake Edwards.

But "Lili" really *is* worth seeking out. Julie sings beautifully, especially the haunting "Whistling Away the Dark," a lovely Henri Mancini tune that opens and closes the film. Her performance is nuanced and quite affecting--just watch her as a fat tear silently slides down her cheek after a tumultuous argument with Major Larabee.

Edwards has staged some stunning flight sequences, but the suffer somewhat, in 1990s sensibilities, from the blue-screen process shots needed to get Rock "into" midair. Edwards also can't seem to help himself from sliding into formulaic comedy bits (he apparently thinks a bumbling Frenchman with an umbrella on a roof in a rainstorm is hilarious--it shows up in film after film of his).

The reason to watch "Lili" is for its interesting spin on the Mata Hari legend and the performance of Miss Andrews, who certainly didn't deserve the brickbats that came her way following its release.


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