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Darling Lili (1970)

Julie Andrews , Rock Hudson , Blake Edwards  |  G |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival, Michael Witney
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, William Peter Blatty
  • Producers: Blake Edwards, Ken Wales, Owen Crump
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVPT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darling Lili" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 19 additional scenes
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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A welcome new DVD life might be in store for Darling Lili, an underrated film whose reputation is mostly locked as one of the big, expensive flops that helped reshape Hollywood at the turn of the seventies. Julie Andrews was still at the height of her popularity when she began shooting this musical-comedy-drama with new husband Blake Edwards directing; budget overruns, studio interference, and the changing box-office climate all doomed the movie's disastrous 1970 release.

Even fans of the picture would have to admit that the weird storyline had something to do with it, too. Andrews plays a World War I singer in London and Paris who's actually a spy for the Germans (part of her cover is singing popular patriotic songs, such as "Pack Up Your Troubles" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"). Her new assignment is to get information from a famous pilot (Rock Hudson), but naturally she falls in love with him along the way. The movie's WWI aerial sequences (shot in Ireland) are a little like the film's approach: soaring, graceful, and disconnected from any carnage that might be happening in the trenches. However, if you can appreciate Edwards' slapstick prowess and commitment to the screwball-romance style of filmmaking, there's much to admire.

For one thing, Edwards photographs Julie Andrews with the loving devotion of a new husband. For another, his feeling for the widescreen frame as a big playground for lush color and busy action is well-served by the DVD release--this is a visually gorgeous movie. The new songs by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer include the superb opening number--evocatively shot--called "Whistling in the Dark." The DVD is billed as a "Director's Cut," but is shorter than the original release, a result of Edwards himself reportedly retooling the picture after 1970 (the disc has a whopping hour's worth of additional scenes). Whichever way it's sliced, Darling Lili was always going to be a strangely mixed movie, with Pink Panther-style bits sitting next to Mata Hari skullduggery. Fans of Julie Andrews and the vanished elegance of visual storytelling will find much to savor nevertheless. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Extravagant musical spoof from Blake Edwards starring wife Julie Andrews as a Mata Hari-like spy working for the Germans and posing as a dance hall performer in London during World War I. She falls for American flyer Rock Hudson, forcing her to reconsider her loyalties. Jeremy Kemp co-stars; songs by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer include "Whistling in the Dark." Director's cut; 107 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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DARLING LILI is a positive delight, though sadly the film was a huge box-office flop and virtually sunk Andrews' film career until "10", S.O.B. and VICTOR/VICTORIA came along a decade later. This film stars Andrews as Lili Smith, a beautiful and adored singing star in England who moonlights as a WW1 German spy. One night, "Uncle Kurt" (Jeremy Kemp) gives Lili her latest assignment: Major Bill Larrabee (Rock Hudson). Lili must make Larrabee fall in love with her, and hopefully let slip some important confidential information that could come in handy for the Germans. Once Lili has Bill firmly in her sights, it becomes clear that this is not her usual "kiss-and-tell" seduction job....she has truly fallen in love with him.

Julie Andrews simply glows as Lili, and delivers a deft performance. Although she indeed plays a spy working for the "Enemy", the audience oddly enough loves her anyway and wants her to escape in the tension-filled final sequence. Rock Hudson is a comical and romantic delight as Larrabee. The support cast includes Lance Percival, Gloria Paul, Jacques Marin, Doreen Keogh and Bernard Kay.

The musical score by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer is truly beautiful, one of the best of the entire decade. When Andrews emerges out of the blackness in the first scene to sing "Whistling Away the Dark", it is indeed one of those chill-inducing moments. Andrews' musicality in this film was quite accomplished; she sings with a smokey timbre in her voice which she rarely displayed before or after DARLING LILI. Other choice moments come in the Music Hall-schmaltz of "I'll Give You Three Guesses" and the sobering "Girl in No Man's Land".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the original theatrical cut ?!?!?! September 20, 2005
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Sadly in revisiting this wonderful but unloved (at the time of it's initial theatrical release) film, Blake Edwards felt the need to edit it considerably - and it suffers. The original (longer) theatrical version is far superior and really should be released along with Edwards' shorter, needlessly apologetic rethinking - preferably with an examination by Edwards or qualified historians of the differences between the two versions and the reasons for the recut.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Amazon has two item pages for Darling Lili, that is one for the director's cut (107 min) and the other appears to be for the original release (136 min). The picture showing the Director's Cut reads "Director's Cut" directly below the Movie Title. The page for the original does not say Director's Cut in the picture. Under product information for the original it states: ""Studio: Paramount, DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005, Run Time: 136 minutes, ASIN: B000ANVPT2 (the number for Director's Cut is different)."

I checked out the Director's Cut edition from the library and watched it. It was okay but it seemed choppy and I kept feeling like I was totally missing parts of the movie (it really jumped around in a bad way). I assumed that was the way the movie was made but I did some research and found out it was originally 136 minutes. It seemed to me 29 minutes was a lot to cut out of a movie and maintain any kind of flow so I started looking for the 136 minute version. Thought I had found it on Amazon. I wasn't crazy about the movie so I looked on Amazon Marketplace and found a "like new" copy to purchase. What I received was the Director's Cut. I promptly notified the vendor via email that they sent the wrong movie version. The vendor emailed back that the Director's Cut is the ONLY version available on DVD. I was also told to file a claim with Amazon to avoid shipping it back (shipping was half the cost of the movie). I did that and Amazon did refund the cost of the movie and shipping. I am very fond of Amazon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films. October 8, 2005
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I was working at RCMH when this film opened. The Music Hall did great business with it probably because in those years you got a stage show as well. They say the film flopped in general release but i loved it. Great songs, great story, great acting and one of Rock Hudson's best films and seeing this film in 70mm and 6-channel stereo sound was the best. This is a great musical which is also beautifully filmed and shot in many locations in Europe. Enjoy this classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally here, but not complete October 29, 2005
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When Amazon e-mailed me that Darling Lili was finally being released on DVD I was ecstatic. Unlike many critics I thoroughly enjoyed the film when it was first released. I nice romantic spoof, I thought. I still do, but with a little disappointment. As I watched my memory seemed to recall things not in this version. When I saw the special features and some additional scenes I found what was missing. The package indicates a 107 run time, but the original, according to Maltin's book, was 136 minutes. In making the "directors cut", Blake Edwards has cut too much. If it were up to me I would include the slightly longer version of the first dogfight. I would also keep the little bit where the French inspectors mistake Jeremy Kemp for a head waiter. I would also retain the charming sequence with the children marching and singing. Finally, it is almost a tragedy the way the scene at the Inn was edited; several very humorous bits were left on the cutting room floor. All this aside, it is still an enjoyable film with a nice mix of drama, a little music, a great deal of romance, and some humor; just not as much humor as the original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wantabee
this is a movie that was made after the good one that was a part 2 to Sound of Music. The one I have been searching for for 30 plus years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wheelin Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable and Utterly Charming
I loved Darling Lili when I first saw it, decades ago, and I was thrilled to be able to purchase a DVD copy of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Francie Humby
2.0 out of 5 stars 30 Good Minutes Out of 140 Minutes
I see from the other reviews that this is a popular favorite. I was hoping it would be one of mine, too--especially after re-watching "Victor / Victoria" recently, of which... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wuddus
5.0 out of 5 stars Riches in older movies
Humor, excitement and romance. I love this movie and the cast. Julie Andrews is beautiful and Rock Hudson charming. Beautiful scenery of Europe throughout the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining romantic musical
I saw this as more of a romantic musical comedy. Though it takes place during World War I and Lili is a German spy, that is not the main focus of the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beth C
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for us yuppies too!
This movie is simply adorable. Yeah, it has some bad editing, but come on, this is an old movie. The more intense scenes were a little comical because of the attitude being... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews in one memorable performance!
I do not understand how comes that this was a flop back in the day. I thought it was a very good movie...now, to me is more a romantic comedy than a war/espionage thriller. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Massiel Orellana
2.0 out of 5 stars Just fast forward to musical numbers
This is one of the emptiest most pointless films of all time. The writing, the pacing, are dull dull dull. The only parts worth watching are the handful of musical numbers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Tunney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! Timeless!
One of the best of the "oldies"! Surprises to the end. Some very funny scenes! Any age can watch!!! That is unusual for today's culture.
Published 7 months ago by Patty J. Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite.
I am constantly extolling the virtues of this film. It is perhaps my favorite movie in this type. It has everything: Romance, adventure, flying scenes, spy story, comedy, beautiful... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard F. Madden
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