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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

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The lively but somehow slightly distasteful The Americanization of Emily stars James Garner as a WWII naval officer who happens to be a craven coward. While his comrades sail off to their deaths, Garner makes himself scarce, generally hiding out in the London flat of his lothario navy buddy James Coburn. Garner falls in love with virtuous war widow Julie Andrews (the "Emily" of the title), but she can't abide his yellow streak. Meanwhile, crack-brained admiral Melvyn Douglas decides that he needs a hero--the first man to die on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion. Coburn is at first elected for this sacrifice, but it is the quivering Garner who ends up hitting the beach. He survives to become a hero in spite of himself, winning Andrews in the process. Paddy Chayefsky's script, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie, attempts to extract humor out of the horrors of war by using broad, vulgar comedy instead of the light satirical touch that would seem to be called for. Americanization of Emily was Julie Andrews' second film; it should have led to a steady stream of adult-oriented roles, but the box-office clout of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music consigned her to "wholesome family entertainment". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paddy Chayefsky, Paddy Chayevsky
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On DVD: May 10, 2005
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Cast

James Garner
as Lt. Cmdr. Charles Ed...
Julie Andrews
as Emily Barham
James Coburn
as Lt. Cmdr. Paul "Bus"...
Melvyn Douglas
as Adm. William Jessup
Joyce Grenfell
as Mrs. Barham
Edward Binns
as Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser
as Sheila
Keenan Wynn
as Old Sailor
William Windom
as Capt. Harry Spauldin...
John Crawford
as CPO Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson
as Capt. Marvin Ellende...
Edmon Ryan
as Adm. Hoyle
Steve Franken
as Young Sailor
Gary Cockrell
as Lt. Victor Wade
Alan Sues
as Enright
Bill Fraser
as Port Commander
Lou Byrne
as Nurse Captain
Alan Howard
as Port Ensign
Janine Gray
as 1st "Nameless Broad"
Judy Carne
as 2nd "Nameless Broad"
Kathy Kersh
as 3rd "Nameless Broad"
Paul Newlan
as Gen. William Hallert...
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Critic Reviews for The Americanization of Emily

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Another director (not Arthur Hiller) would have been more suitable in translating to the big screen Paddy Chayefky's witty WWII serio-comedy.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
EmanuelLevy.Com

I would have appreciated the film more if it was less talky and if it didn't completely ignore the obvious that fighting madman Hitler was necessary.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Americanization of Emily

09/02/2010 (ONLINE)

I really had no idea what was going on for a while, but I held on and allowed myself to get in tune with the flavor. Although this is not my cup of tea, I must say it was quite a treat.

The characters are quite enjoyable and when you begin to understand the style and blends of humorous tones you start laughing a little harder and the appreciation begins to reveal how amazing this film actually is!

This is, I would say is a "Romantic Comedy". I loved James Coburn's performance, he really draws light to the film making the experience of viewing this film that much better.

Watching this has definitely kindled an interest in me for Silver Screen movies. This new fondness will lead me in considering more movies like this. Black and White.

EightThirty
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Despite the title the film really has little to do with the love story or Julie Andrew's Emily. It's mostly James Garner's film as his cowardly aid does everything in his power to avoid seeing combat. The broad topic of this film seems more like the sort of thing you'd expect from the '60s or '70s counter-culture movement as we're expected to sympathize with the idea that war is immensely stupid and celebrating heroes a travesty. It would have fitted better if it had been in Korea or Vietnam and could easily have stood alongside MASH or Good Morning Vietnam. As it stands it's their older, slightly frizzier big brother.

Interesting and cynical movie about war. Reminds me a little of Billy Wilder, specifically the characters of Stalag 17. Good script.

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