The Americanization of Emily

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Released 1964

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Director:
Arthur Hiller
Released:
1964
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The Americanization of Emily is a 1964 comedy-drama film starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, and Melvyn Douglas. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and directed by Oscar-winner Arthur Hiller. The film takes a dark and witty look at military life and protocols. Lieutenant Commodore Charles Edward Madison (James Garner) is a naval officer serving in London during World War II. Lt Cmdr. Charles, a self-proclaimed coward, spends his time catering to several of his commanding officer's desires for luxury goods and pretty Englishwomen, and he wants to avoid going to battle at all costs. Emily Barham (Julie Andrews), a recent war widow, who has also lost her brother and father in the war, is a driver who Lt Cmdr. Charles falls in love. As the war progresses, Lt. Cmdr Charles finds himself at the mercy of his unstable commanding officer, Admiral William Jessup (Melvyn Douglas), who has been stressed since the recent death of his wife. Adm. Jessup decides that the first causality of the American involvement in the war must be a sailor. The purpose is for obtaining favorable press coverage during the war, and Lt Cmdr. Charles is the one chosen to die. Lt Cmdr. Charles has no choice but to accept this assignment, and the outcome is uncertain for un-heroic Lt Cmdr. Charles.moreless

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James Coburn

James Coburn

Lt.-Cmdr. "Bus" Cummings

James Garner

James Garner

Lt.-Cmdr. Charlie Madison

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Emily Barham

Melvyn Douglas

Melvyn Douglas

Admiral Jessup

Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell

Emily's Mother

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Military & War