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The Americanization of Emily (1964)

James Garner , Julie Andrews , Arthur Hiller  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, Martin Ransohoff, Arthur Hiller
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Paddy Chayefsky, William Bradford Huie
  • Producers: Martin Ransohoff, John Calley
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Americanization of Emily" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: Action on the Beach
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

An American naval officer, in London during WW II, falls in love with his British military driver.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 10-MAY-2005
Media Type: DVD

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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time-best anti-war film February 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Hollywood movies were becoming increasingly adventurous in the early 1960s, tackling a wide variety of subjects with candor and intelligence. THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY is one of the finest films of that period, a movie that manages to be a biting satirical comedy, a clear-eyed love story, and a passionate denunciation of warfare all at the same time.
James Garner portrays "dog-robber" Charlie, an American naval officer stationed in London during WWII and charged with the duty of keeping his admiral (Melvyn Douglas) in as complete a state of comfort as possible. Charlie freely admits that he likes his job because it keeps him far away from combat and the risk of death. This attitude does not intially endear Charlie to Emily (Julie Andrews), a military driver and Britisher who has lost several family members to the fighting. Slowly, however, the two fall in love and plan to build a life together. Then trouble intervenes: the admiral devises a public relations plan to ensure that the first man killed in the D-Day invasion is a sailor. And it looks like Charlie is in danger of becoming that man. . .
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY was made in 1964, the same year as DR. STRANGELOVE, an anti-war film that has now become legendary. EMILY was popular enough but somewhat overlooked at the time of its release, and it is not as well-known today as it deserves to be.
Paddy Chayevsky's screenplay is filled with witty, pungent dialogue (even during Charlie and Emily's love scenes). And the performances are excellent. Garner has said more than once that this is his favorite of his films.
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satirical and Intelligent Adult Comedy June 27, 2002
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I first saw The Americanization of Emily many years ago and I have always loved it. Before getting it on video recently, I had not seen it for a very long time but I thought about it often - not least because I had since followed the film's example by being an American guy in love with an English Rose. That culture shock is the heart of the film and is something I can attest to. I also remember my father, who had been in the US Navy in WWII, telling me how accurately the film depicted the navy brass. All in all, The Americanization of Emily gets better every time I see it.
Paddy Chayefsky's script gives the film its solid foundation with three dimensional characters who speak articulate yet believable dialogue. The mixture of satire, sex and sentiment is just right. The British are fond of saying that Americans have no sense of irony. They have obviously never seen this film.
Holding everything together and making the audience genuinely care is James Garner in the most impressive performance of his career. He plays a "dog robber" - personal aide to an important admiral, an officer dedicated to making the war as comfortable as possible, and a devout coward. Stationed in London during the buildup to D-Day, Garner is having a very pleasant war indeed. He is a man who is very sure of himself and what he believes in. At least, until he meets Julie Andrews - English war widow and military driver. These two people have absolutely nothing in common. So it is inevitable, yet somehow oddly logical, that they fall in love.
But a little thing called World War Two keeps getting in the way. Garner's mentally unhinged admiral decides that the first dead man on Omaha Beach should be a sailor and wants Garner to photograph the event - if not have the honour of being dead himself.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowardice as a religion December 5, 2005
By Dave
Format:DVD
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Madison (James Garner) is a veteran "dog-robber", meaning his main task is to keep whatever commanding officer he's assigned to as comfortable as possible. Assigned to Admiral William Jessup (Melvyn Douglas), Madison keeps him supplied with the best food, clothes, and women. Madison is not only the best "dog-robber", he's also a self-confessed coward who avoids combat duty like the plague. While staying in London in May, 1944, as the Allied forces prepare for D-Day, Madison meets an attractive British war widow, Emily Barham (Julie Andrews). Emily has lost a father, a brother, and a husband in this war, and she is sick and tired of gallant men sacrificing their lives in a seemingly endless war.

Madison talks freely and honestly about his cowardice, and Emily finds herself falling in love with this American officer who sees no glory in young men being blown apart for their country. But as their relationship progresses and they talk of marriage, the deadline for the D-Day invasion draws near. Admiral Jessup is temporarily insane and comes up with a suicidal mission that will get the U.S. Navy plenty of glory on D-Day. He orders Madison to take a camera crew and join the first wave attacking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, where casualities among the attackers are expected to be 50% or higher. Madison is ordered to film the first sailor being killed on Omaha Beach, and before long he realizes that HE is supposed to be the first sailor killed!

Although universally categorized as an anti-war movie, Arthur Hiller, the director insists in the audio commentary that The Americanization of Emily is not anti-war, but "anti-glorification of war." But this brilliantly-directed movie takes quite a poke at the U.S. military, and at times even America itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film.
Published 2 days ago by Wendy Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but a goodie. This is one of ...
An Oldie but a goodie. This is one of those LITTLE MOVIE" "s that the star made. Not his/her most acclaimed, but one that is truly entertaining and indicative of the talent... Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. R. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember!
James Garner's recent passing reminded me of this film made fairly early in his career. A biting satire which confronts and explodes many stereotypes, it is well scripted and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Donn C. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars I read that it was his personal favorite so I had to get it
I am a huge James Garner fan but I had never seen this movie before. I read that it was his personal favorite so I had to get it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Krae
1.0 out of 5 stars It did not play in thee different players No Good!
It did not play in thee different players No Good!
Published 7 days ago by Martha P. Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years old and still worth watching.
Excellent movie, with lots of dark humor and romance too.
Published 9 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful movie, well written and acted by a superb cast.
Published 10 days ago by AlcoC628
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always loved this movie and it wears well even today.
Published 10 days ago by Aileen Skaler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
I have always loved this movie. James Garner and Julie Andrews are a perfect couple and play off each other so well. Read more
Published 10 days ago by L. S. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always been one of my favorites - turns out it was one James Garners too.
Published 15 days ago by j boles
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