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

Directed by

Arthur Hiller

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

Johnny Mandel

Cinematography by

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

Film Editing by

Tom McAdoo

Casting By

Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

George W. Davis
Hans Peters
Elliot Scott

Set Decoration by

Robert R. Benton
Henry Grace

Costume Design by

Bill Thomas

Makeup Department

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Al Shenberg ... assistant director

Sound Department

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

Visual Effects by

J. McMillan Johnson ... special visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Music Department

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)

Other crew

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?

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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