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The Americanization of Emily (1964) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Arthur Hiller and produced by John Calley and Martin Ransohoff.


A cynical American naval officer (Garner) first clashes with and then falls in love with his idealistic British driver (Andrews), a war widow. After convincing her to enjoy life, he is selected by the Navy's PR machine to become "the Unknown Sailor," the first man to die landing at Normandy on D-Day. An often brilliant script by Paddy Chayefsky elevates this one well above the average fare.

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Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: George W. Davis, Hans Peters, Elliot Scott; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Robert R.Nominated
Best CinematographyPhilip H. LathropNominated

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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 9, 2019 From 4 Star Films

“Don’t show me how profitable it will be to fall in love with you, Charlie. Don’t Americanize me.” – Julie Andrews as Emily Yes, Kubrick’s film is definitive. Though something inside of me wants to rale against convention and wave the flag for The Americanization ... Read full article

The Americanization of Emily (1964)

By Beatrice on Mar 7, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Americanization of Emily Directed by Arthur Hiller Written by Paddy Chayefsky from a novel by William Bradford Hule 1964/USA Filmways Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental One of the very first sardonic takes on WWII was controversial in its time. ?It seems much tamer now. Lt. Commander Cha... Read full article

The Americanization of Emily (1964)

on Apr 3, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

There’s an anti-war film for every conflict America’s engaged in, but none more so than the anti-war movies created during the Vietnam era.? The Americanization of Emily is mixture of genres, blending and lampooning 1940s romance films through comedy, as well as presenting a harsh critiq... Read full article

N?o Podes Comprar Meu Amor (1964) / The Americanization of Emily (1964)

By L? on Nov 30, -0001 From Critica Retro

N?o Podes Comprar Meu Amor (1964) / The Americanization of Emily (1964) O tenente Charles Madison (James Garner) tem um h?bito estranho: ele cumprimenta todas as mulheres que encontra com um tapinha no traseiro – e todas elas o reconhecem por este estranho gesto. Mas as coisas s?o dif... Read full article

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Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: You're forever falling for men on their last nights on furlough. That's about the limit of your commitments, one night, a day, a month. You prefer lovers to husbands, hotels to homes. You'd rather grieve than live.
Emily Barham: You're not only cowardly and selfish; you're remarkably cruel as well.

Emily Barham: Then why do it?
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: Because it's the right thing to do.
Emily Barham: I can't believe it. Is this the Charlie Madison who once said "God save us from all the people who do the right thing, it's the rest of us who get our backs broken"?

Emily Barham: Well, where have you been? We expected you back a week ago yesterday.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: Oh, I'm sorry. I had to go to France for a few days. It's out of season this time of year.
Emily Barham: No one worth knowing was there, I'm sure.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: A very rough element going to France these days.

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The role of Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison was originally offered to William Holden, while James Garner was considered for the part of "Bus" Cummings.
Julie Andrews' only movie in black and white.
Although the DVD cover states that film historian Drew Casper does the audio commentary, it's actually Arthur Hiller. He speaks very fondly of the making of the movie.
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