The Americanization of Emily (1964)

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An American Naval Officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.


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Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), William Bradford Huie (novel)

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24 July 2014 | tavm
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| James Garner and Julie Andrews and the rest of the cast are great in The Americanization of Emily
When Mom and I watched Mary Poppins a few days ago-she for the first time ever-I asked her if The Sound of Music was the first time she had seen Julie Andrews on screen. She replied it wasn't and mentioned this one as such. Knowing that and that her co-star James Garner was announced dead that day got me to go to my library to check this one out a few days later. (I originally wanted to order this from Netflix but it was listed as having a "Very long wait".) When we watched it two days ago, my mom's memory wasn't rekindled by much and she later told me she might have seen this on TV maybe several years later. Let me just say that we both seem to have enjoyed this immensely though I have to admit that we laughed at different places in the narrative. I guess it depended on what scenes or lines one would consider funny considering this was both satirical and serious in places. Certainly, Garner's character is a real anti-hero with his cynical attitudes on the glories of war and how bravery isn't really worth much if it only results on more people wanting to fight battles they consider glamorous despite the real possibility of dying. Whenever Andrews came on screen, my mom half-expected her to sing something since she mainly knows her as a musical star. Wonder what audiences thought of her after she just played the mostly prim and proper Mary Poppins? While the lion's share of great lines come from Garner, Ms. Andrews is quite compelling in her changing moods concerning her feelings on James' character. Also great are Melvin Douglas as the gung ho Admiral Garner serves under and James Coburn as Garner's fellow officer who seems to change loyalties on a dime while also getting some bed time with some of the lovely Brit ladies! One of them, by the way, is played by Judy Carne who was then married to Burt Reynolds before his stardom and who would later gain fame on "Laugh In". Paddy Chayefsky wrote some pertinent lines on the insanity of wanting to make certain military units look good in combat as well as the hypocrisy of putting a "brave" front on how certain people die. So on that note, I highly recommend The Americanization of Emily. P.S. I was very amused when director Arthur Hiller on the commentary track mentioned when Samuel Goldwyn thought the person who made this was playwright Arthur Miller since my mom thought that too!

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