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Darling Lili -- Julie Andrews made a bid to change her squeaky clean image with this elaborately mounted WW I musical. Lili Smith (Andrews) is a popular British music hall singer who is regarded as a femme fatale and has been known to throw a bit of striptease into her act.

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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She gave away secrets to one side and her heart to the other. See more »
Plot:
Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not the Flop It Was Made Out to Be See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Lili Smith

Rock Hudson ... Major William Larrabee

Jeremy Kemp ... Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival ... T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney ... Lt. Youngblood Carson
Gloria Paul ... Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ... Major Duvalle
André Maranne ... Lt. Liggett

Bernard Kay ... Bedford
Doreen Keogh ... Emma
Carl Duering ... General Kessler

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ... French General
Louis Mercier ... French General
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sergeant Wells
Ingo Mogendorf ... Baron Manfred von Richtofen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Yves Barsacq ... French General (uncredited)
Roland Blondy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Olivier Briac ... Pilot (uncredited)
Patrick Bricard ... Pilot (uncredited)
Heinz Brinkmann ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Albert Carrier ... Night Club M.C. (uncredited)
Jerry Catron ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Craig Chudy ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marcel d'Orval ... General (uncredited)
George Dega ... French General (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Daniel Dhubert ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Alain Doutey ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Axel Ganz ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michel Garland ... Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Hellman ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Danny Klega ... Submarine Executive Officer (uncredited)
Bernard La Jarrige ... French Pilot Singing 'La Marseillaise' (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Hungarian Maitre D' with Larrabee (uncredited)
Jeff Lawrence ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Niall MacGinnis ... Von Hindenburg (uncredited)
Karine Marceau ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jerry Martin ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mimi Monti ... Chanteuse (uncredited)
D.W. Owen ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
George Paul ... Juggler (uncredited)
Tony Rödel ... German Officer (uncredited)
Franz Sauer ... German Officer (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Juggler (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... French Stage Manager (uncredited)
Dan Siretta ... Dancer (uncredited)
Aram Stephan ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
Bruce Stowell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Herb Tanney ... Gypsy Violinist (uncredited)
Jim Taylor ... Dancer (uncredited)
Yvan Varco ... Pilot (uncredited)
Max Vialle ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Sherri Zak ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Zola ... German Officer (uncredited)
Jacqueline Zouary ... Gouvernante (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)

Produced by
Owen Crump .... executive producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Jack Stevens 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
 
Makeup Department
Willard Buell .... makeup artist
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (as Allen Snyder)
 
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... production manager (as John Coonan)
Fred Lemoine .... unit production manager
Jack McEdward .... unit production manager
Curtis Mick .... unit production manager
Howard Roessel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Crockett .... second unit director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
Anthony Squire .... director: aerial sequences
Ariel Levy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Slazenger .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard Stora .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... production sound recordist (as John Carter)
Fred Hynes .... supervising stereophonic re-recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special photographic effects
Rex Wimpy .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ken Byrne .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Stanley .... first assistant camera
Guy Tabary .... photographer: aerial sequences
Harold E. Wellman .... photographer: second unit
Arthur Lemming .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald Brooks .... costume designer: Miss Andrews
Marvin Hime .... jeweller: Miss Andrews
Bill Hargate .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ken Rudolph .... apprentice editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alan Copeland .... choral supervisor
Harper MacKay .... vocal coach
Henry Mancini .... composer: songs
Johnny Mercer .... lyricist
Hermes Pan .... stager: musical numbers
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... choreographer and staging
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
USA:107 min (director's cut) | 143 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:136 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The opening number, "Whistling in the Dark," is performed by Andrews in a single, uninterrupted take.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Lili Smith:But then, why DOES he drink?
Maj. William Larrabee:Because he's afraid to fly.
Lili Smith:Then why does he fly?
Maj. William Larrabee:Because he likes to drink!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Top Secret! (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Your Good-Will AmbassadorSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Not the Flop It Was Made Out to Be, 12 January 1999
Author: dweck from Philadelphia, PA USA

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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