Darling Lili (1970)

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Julie Andrews made a bid to change her squeaky clean image with this elaborately mounted World War I musical. Lili Smith (Andrews) is a popular British music hall singer who is regarded as a femme fatale and has been known to throw a bit of striptease into her act. However, Lili has a secret: she's actually a German spy, and the uncle she dotes upon is really Von Ruger (Jeremy Kemp), a fellow espionage agent and her contact for the Huns. In hopes of gaining valuable information, Lili begins using her feminine wiles on Maj. William Larrabee (Rock Hudson), a top American pilot. However, Lili soon discovers that she's falling in love with Larrabee and can't find the courage to betray him; Larrabee discovers Lili's secret, but he refuses to turn her in. Darling Lili was a notorious box-office disappointment, grossing a mere $5 million on a budget that rose to $25 million due to a variety of production mishaps. Director Blake Edwards (Andrews' husband) was stung by the poor reception, and he later trimmed the 136-minute film to 114 minutes, downplaying its comic elements in favor of a more serious tone.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount

Cast

Julie Andrews
as Lili Smith
Rock Hudson
as Major William Larrabee
Jeremy Kemp
as Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival
as T.C. Carstairs
Mike Witney
as Youngblood Carson
Jacques Marin
as Maj. Duvalle
Michael Witney
as Lt. George Youngblood Carson
Andre Maranne
as Lt. Liggett
Bernard Kay
as Bedford
Gloria Paul
as Suzette
Carl Duering
as Kessler
Arhtur Gould-Porter
as Sgt. Wells
Louis Mercier
as French General
Laurie Main
as French General
Ingo Mogendorf
as Baron von Richthofen, the Red Baron
Niall MacGinnis
as von Hindenberg
Mimi Monti
as Chanteuse
Arthur E. Gould-Porter
as Sergeant Wells
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Critic Reviews for Darling Lili

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 10, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Starring Julie Andrews, this preposterously plotted WWI musical was a huge artistic and commercial flop.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

It seems to be not that bad if you view it more as a love story than as a war story.

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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February 10, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Darling Lili

½

musical and a war pic all wrapped up in a love story set in WWI with all the WWI planes they couldn't make this today except with CGI

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

A cutesy musical obviously based on Mata Hari. Hudson and Andrews were good together and Edwards keeps it from being farcical with just enough of a serious undertone.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Colorful musical that is deficient in the script department, exactly why Julie is a spy is never really apparent and it really hurts the film. That being said the production design is beautiful as are some of Julie's costumes, it all seems overproduced and underdirected though. Rock has been better elsewhere although that also is probably the fault of the script. Really a three star film the extra star is for Julie and her voice which is exquisite and put to use on some lovely songs.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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