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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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Wonderfully crafted romantic drama
3 March 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

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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