IMDb > Darling Lili (1970)
Darling Lili
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Darling Lili (1970) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.2/10   1,256 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 73% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Darling Lili on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stylish, Lovely and Moving; Satire With Comedy, Infectious Sense-of-Life See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Lili Smith (Schmidt)

Rock Hudson ... Major William Larrabee

Jeremy Kemp ... 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

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)
Create a character page for: ?

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 
Donald Brooks 
 
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
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


Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
USA:107 min (director's cut) | 143 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:136 min
Country:
Language:
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:
Because of the students' rebellion and strike that paralyzed Paris in May 1968, the movie producers moved to Brussels to film the major scenes (June-July 68). For example, it was possible to use the Superior Court building and transform the ground floor into a Paris railroad station with fake trains and a waiting room and all the other accessories.See more »
Quotes:
T.C:Nice to see you up and about again... even though you are... sitting down.See more »
Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Stylish, Lovely and Moving; Satire With Comedy, Infectious Sense-of-Life, 7 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

I suppose I like this film as well as any I know; it is not perfect, but under the title "The Americanization of Lily" this charming and memorable semi-musical satire might I suggest have been appreciated more, and still loved by those who recognized its special Blake Edwards'-produced spirit of gentleness, clever humor and solid narrative. The improbably but delightful story-line follows Lili Smith, a fringe-type spy for the Germans in a much simpler and less black-and-white war; Lili Schmidt passing as Smith is helping her Uncle who is patriotic too, for Germany but neither cruel nor political, merely opportunistic. Lili's target is William Larrabee, a charismatic U.S. squadron leader who can supply her valuable information. The plot thickens comes when Lili falls in love with Larrabee, has her eyes opened to the consequences of her playing spy, and sees the effects of combat on wounded men at a hospital and realizes what it might mean to his men whom she has met and likes. She gets jealous of a rival for Larrabee's affections, then realizes she can no longer do what she has been doing and gives up the spy business. The logical end of the film comes when after the terrible WWI has ended, as she sings the theme song of the film, "Wishing" in a darkened theater, one by one the members of Larrabee's squadron appear, including her lover himself, indicating they have forgiven her and their former opponents; and even Uncle Kurt enthusiastically joins in the singing of "It's a Long To Tipperraree", to indicate all is well with the world again. This is an audacious and sometime brilliant story idea, written by director Blake Edwards and William Peter Blatty of "John Goldfarb" fame; and it is a delightful narrative. Larrabee's squadron, including an inebriate who keeps crashing and other lovable types populate this lively film; and the feel of this stylish and glowing film is almost epic, both in its scope and realization. Credit must go to Jack Bear and Donald Brooks for their costume creations, Reg Allen and Jack Stevens for sets, Fernando Carrere for another beautiful production design, Henry Mancini for his sensitive and appropriate musical score, and to Russell Harlan for his shining cinematography. In the beautiful footage, the principal actors are Julie Andrews as Lili, Rock Hudson as Larrabee, Keremy Kemp outstanding as Lili's Uncle Kurt, Michael Witney, Lance Percival as the inebriate pilot, gorgeous Gloria Paul as Lili's stripteasing rival, and many other fine actors in smaller parts. It is hard to say enough nice things about the pace, or the cleverness of the just-this-side-of broad comedy; this element is introduced by Edwards to leaven the horrors of actual warfare, to example the almost comic-opera approach with which men made war back in a more innocent-minded era of human civilization.. This comedy also helps prepare the way for Lili's conversion from uncritical acceptance of a duty to the German state to acceptance of the reality of what she is doing and potentially what she may be causing. This is a rare "sense-of-life" film about Lili's "Americanization", her assertion of herself in the real world and then among others before tragedy can happen. It is haunting, I find, and beautiful in many ways. I consider it to be Blake Edwards'masterpiece of directing; and under the title "The Americanization of Lili" I believe with hardly any changes it might have been recognized as the polished sapphire of a film it is by every standard I know.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (46 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Darling Lili (1970)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The final scene? Mr_Shine
Scene Similar to Basic Instinct romero_vincent
Whistling away the dark blvd_link
S.O.B. was not first to have Julie bare breasted? *Very Minor Spoiler* markhol
Which version is really better? laszlo-11
Andrews--superb. Story--complicated. rpolk1-1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel La Grande Illusion Joyeux Noel Arch of Triumph
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.