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The Americanization of Emily ()


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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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Lt. Commander Charles Edward Madison
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Emily Barham
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Admiral William Jessup
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Lt. Commander Paul 'Bus' Cummings
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Mrs. Barham
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Admiral Thomas Healy
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Sheila
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Old Sailor
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Captain Harry Spaulding
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Chief Petty Officer Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson ...
Captain Marvin Ellender
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Admiral Hoyle
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Young Sailor
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General William Hallerton
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Lieutenant Victor Wade
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Petty Officer Enright
Bill Fraser ...
Port Commander
Lou Byrne ...
Nurse Captain
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Port Ensign
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Pat
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1st 'Nameless Broad'
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2nd 'Nameless Broad'
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3rd 'Nameless Broad'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Billman ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Luis Delgado ...
Marine on Landing Craft (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Jim Jacobs ...
Navy Aircrewman (uncredited)
Bob Johnson ...
Documentary Narration (uncredited) (voice)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
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Beautiful Girl (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)

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Arthur Hiller

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Paddy Chayefsky ... (screenplay)
 
William Bradford Huie ... (novel)

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John Calley ... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff ... producer

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Johnny Mandel

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Philip H. Lathrop ... (as Philip Lathrop)

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Tom McAdoo

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Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

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George W. Davis
Hans Peters
Elliot Scott

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Robert R. Benton
Henry Grace

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Bill Thomas

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup supervisor

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Al Shenberg ... assistant director

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor
Van Allen James ... sound editor (uncredited)

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J. McMillan Johnson ... special visual effects

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Christopher Challis ... additional photographer (as Chris Challis)
Richard Hager ... grip
Travers Hill ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Robert Armbruster ... conductor
Victor Arno ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician (uncredited)
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Elliott ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Johnny Mandel ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shelly Manne ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Red Mitchell ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Bud Shank ... musician: flute (uncredited)

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Alain Delalande ... subtitles: original version with French subtitles
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Why did Emily call Charlie the most immoral man she'd ever met? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Emily (United States)
  • Les jeux de l'amour et de la guerre (France)
  • Nur für Offiziere (Germany)
  • La americanización de Emily (Spain)
  • 丁副官 (Taiwan)
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  • 115 min
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Budget $2,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Garner said that this was his favorite of his movies. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in MGM Is on the Move! (1964). See more »
Soundtracks Emily See more »
Crazy Credits The three women that James Coburn sleeps with are collectively credited as "The Three Nameless Broads (in order of appearance)". See more »
Quotes Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: You American-haters bore me to tears, Ms. Barham. I've dealt with Europeans all my life. I know all about us parvenus from the States who come over here and race around your old cathedral towns with our cameras and Coca-Cola bottles... Brawl in your pubs, paw at your women, and act like we own the world. We overtip, we talk too loud, we think we can buy anything with a Hershey bar. I've had Germans and Italians tell me how politically ingenuous we are, and perhaps so. But we haven't managed a Hitler or a Mussolini yet. I've had Frenchmen call me a savage because I only took half an hour for lunch. Hell, Ms. Barham, the only reason the French take two hours for lunch is because the service in their restaurants is lousy. The most tedious lot are you British. We crass Americans didn't introduce war into your little island. This war, Ms. Barham to which we Americans are so insensitive, is the result of 2,000 years of European greed, barbarism, superstition, and stupidity. Don't blame it on our Coca-Cola bottles. Europe was a going brothel long before we came to town.
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