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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 27 October 1964 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Commander Charles Edward Madison
... Emily Barham
... Admiral William Jessup
... Lt. Commander Paul 'Bus' Cummings
... Mrs. Barham
... Admiral Thomas Healy
... Sheila
... Old Sailor
... Captain Harry Spaulding
... Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ... Captain Marvin Ellender
... Admiral Hoyle
... Young Sailor
Paul Newlan ... General William Hallerton
... 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 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 Anonymous

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Julie's back- and look who's with her! See more »

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Emily  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The majority of the male main cast members, who play US Navy officers or NCOs, James Garner, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, William Windom, Edward Binns, and Alan Sues, were US Army veterans. Douglas served during World War I; Windom, Sues and Binns served during World War II; and Garner and Coburn served during the Korean War. See more »

Goofs

When the Admirals were drinking heavily in the hotel room they reflected on their days at Annapolis when they were called "Naval Cadets" instead of "Midshipmen." Annapolis students were called "Naval Cadets" from 1888 to 1902 when these senior officers were likely enrolled. See more »

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[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 Bob Newhart Show: The Modernization of Emily (1974) See more »

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Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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More Than a Woman
27 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a Chayefsky fan, I sorta held off on this movie because it was presented to me as a mere anti-war film. I'm a little bit tired of anti-war films. I think we all are... But here I am, finishing my second viewing of this movie on back-to-back nights, and with great pleasure I can say that The Americanization of Emily is not a simple anti-war film. True to the Chayefsky name, this is one of the most original, well-crafted movies you will ever see. This is screen writing at its best: where conventional romances and gags are turned into a statement on the human condition, and you can laugh and, at the same time, hear your own thoughts put more eloquently than you could ever manage.

The Americanization of Emily is not content to stop at anti-war. It moves on and on, sometimes so quick it may be a little jarring at first or seem a little preachy, and maybe it is, but, for all it's flaws (the love song is eerily similar to Spartacus's love theme), this film could easily enter a top ten list. I don't want to hype it up too much, though. I may only like it because I agree. I also don't want to neglect director Arthur Hiller's great contribution (keep an eye out for the 3 minute take in the hotel room.) If you're a Chayefsky fan (which should be just about everyone), however, or if you enjoy the absolute mastery of craft exhibited by Hollywod during its Golden Age, you'll love this film. I highly suggest it. I really do.


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