An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
George Roy Hill
Max von Sydow,
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During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.Written by
The original paper dust jacket of the first edition of the novel "The Americanization of Emily" states that it is "The further adventures of Lieutenant Commander James Monroe Madison of The Revolt of Mamie Stover". See more »
The C-54 airplane in which the Admiral and his staff travel bears a post-1948 national insignia (i.e., red stripe on the white bars) while the film is set in 1944. (Original post makes reference to a "USAF roundel" before before the USAF existed. The change applied to all US military aircraft and was coincidental and unrelated to the Air Force splitting off from the Army.) See more »
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:
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:
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The three women that James Coburn sleeps with are collectively credited as "The Three Nameless Broads (in order of appearance)". See more »
There can be no Paddy Chayefsky without comedy, nor can there be without drama. His work is always serious, channeled with humor, but his presentation is so on-point, so honest, so blatant, that as viewers we are forced to soak it all up, and we are left the better for it.
Set in wartime, the Americanization of Emily looks at changing times in a very changing world. The balloon will go up' any day now, signaling the Invasion of Europe and all around will be forever changed.
It is not solely the warriors, the decision makers, that are central to the battle. Chayefsky knows that, and shows us that war will change all it touches, from the simple Emily (Julie Andrews), a kind, intelligent, sensitive single English woman to the devil-may-care scrounger', Lt Cmdr Charles Madison (James Garner-somewhat a reprise of his role in The Great Escape).
This movie is a romance, and a serious examination of people over-matched by forces outside their control, who struggle to do everything in their control to find their way.
A well-told story, skillfully delivered. It's hard to ask for much more than that.
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