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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.

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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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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Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

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Did You Know?

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 Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Emily
Music composed by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Paddy Chayefsky, what a writer!
13 March 2018 | by claudiaeilcinemaSee all my reviews

Think of Network or The Hospital, Paddy Chayefsky was seeing into the future and what he saw was ugly. Here we have an insane admiral and how his men, who know he's crazy, stand in line to follow his wishes/commands. An anti war film without sentimentality. Julie Andrews is a total delight as the tough cookie with a razor sharp mind. James Garner has the best lines of his career. His tea with Joyce Grenfell is a superb written scene. Joyce Grenfell as Julie's mother is divine, yes, divine! Melvyn Douglas as the crazy man in charge is the Howard Beale of the situation and what he does with it is pure genius. Highly recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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