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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), William Bradford Huie (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Lt. Commander Charles Edward Madison
Julie Andrews ... Emily Barham
Melvyn Douglas ... Admiral William Jessup
James Coburn ... Lt. Commander Paul 'Bus' Cummings
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Barham
Edward Binns ... Admiral Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser ... Sheila
Keenan Wynn ... Old Sailor
William Windom ... Captain Harry Spaulding
John Crawford ... Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Captain Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan ... Admiral Hoyle
Steve Franken ... Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ... General William Hallerton
Gary Cockrell ... Lieutenant Victor Wade
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Storyline

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 Lieutenant Commander Charles Edward Madison (James Garner) exactly; he knows all of the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for English woman Emily Barham (Dame Julie Andrews), and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charles being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.

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Charlie, tell us again how you won the war! Tell us why Emily called you the most immoral man she'd ever met! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Alan Sues (Petty Officer Enright) and Judy Carne (2nd "Nameless Broad") appeared on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967). See more »

Goofs

In one shot of Charlie's hotel room door, the exterior of the door is white, in another the exterior of the door is wood grain. 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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Crazy Credits

The three women that James Coburn sleeps with are collectively credited as "The Three Nameless Broads (in order of appearance)". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Facts of Life: The Americanization of Miko (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Intellectual black comedy
21 May 2005 | by ryancmSee all my reviews

Get ready for a well written, directed and acted film about a very cowardly man in service. He's played by James Garner in an incredible performance. It has been said EMILY is his favorite film and I agree. Along with Garner is an amazing performance by Julie Andrews who looks terrific. A great character study and movie that makes you think. So unlike todays films where the special effects and fancy camera movement take the place of good old fashioned writing and acting. Superb also in support roles are Melvyn Douglas and James Coburn. The only flaw is that the women, including Andrews, don't have that "1945" look. Much too modern looking, especially the hair styles.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emily See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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