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.



  • Julie Andrews and James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • James Coburn in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • Julie Andrews and James Garner in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • Kathy Kersh in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • James Coburn in The Americanization of Emily (1964)

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Arthur Hiller


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

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27 January 2015 | cb2369
| More Than a Woman
As a Chayefsky fan, I sorta held off on this movie because it was presented to me as a mere anti-war film. I'm a little bit tired of anti-war films. I think we all are... But here I am, finishing my second viewing of this movie on back-to-back nights, and with great pleasure I can say that The Americanization of Emily is not a simple anti-war film. True to the Chayefsky name, this is one of the most original, well-crafted movies you will ever see. This is screen writing at its best: where conventional romances and gags are turned into a statement on the human condition, and you can laugh and, at the same time, hear your own thoughts put more eloquently than you could ever manage.

The Americanization of Emily is not content to stop at anti-war. It moves on and on, sometimes so quick it may be a little jarring at first or seem a little preachy, and maybe it is, but, for all it's flaws (the love song is eerily similar to Spartacus's love theme), this film could easily enter a top ten list. I don't want to hype it up too much, though. I may only like it because I agree. I also don't want to neglect director Arthur Hiller's great contribution (keep an eye out for the 3 minute take in the hotel room.) If you're a Chayefsky fan (which should be just about everyone), however, or if you enjoy the absolute mastery of craft exhibited by Hollywod during its Golden Age, you'll love this film. I highly suggest it. I really do.

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