The Americanization of Emily (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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, Rovi

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James Garner
as Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison
Julie Andrews
as Emily Barham
James Coburn
as Lt. Cmdr. Paul "Bus" Cummings
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 Spaulding
John Crawford
as CPO Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson
as Capt. Marvin Ellender
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 Hallerton
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Critic Reviews for The Americanization of Emily

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Though a bit overstuffed with long-winded speeches, Chayefsky's scabrously funny script brims with snappy, crackling dialogue.

May 24, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Has something important to say about war and the way it is glorified by some in our culture, courtesy of Paddy Chayefsky... dialogue is bristling with caustic observations of war, rare for a film of that era. He enters Joe Mankiewicz territory.

August 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Although Julie Andrews is supposed to be playing a war widow, she's actually playing Mary Poppins.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite a title which smacks of war-bride sop, [the film] is in some ways the most impressive film since Strangelove.

February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Another director (not Arthur Hiller) would have been more suitable in translating to the big screen Paddy Chayefky's witty WWII serio-comedy.

July 27, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

April 28, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

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