The Americanization of Emily

directed by Arthur Hiller
Category: "War"
Year of Release:1964
Date Added:06/07/2009
Date Watched:06/07/2009
Description:Charlie Madison (James Garner) is a "dog-robber," an aide to an American admiral who sees that the admiral gets anything he wants. Charlie is a self-avowed coward. He saw a bit of combat early in the war, decided war was stupid and is willing to do anything to avoid getting shot at. Charlie meets Emily Barham (Julie Andrews) an English girl who has lost several members of her family in the war. She's prim and proper, but can't help falling for Charlie. The admiral Charlie looks after goes a little crazy and comes up with a scheme to send a photographer onto Normandy Beach to film the Navy personnel dismantling mines before the attack. Through a series of chaotic confusions, Charlie becomes that photographer. He does what he can to avoid it, but is finally driven onto the beach at gunpoint. He's wounded and thought dead. As the first American casualty, he's made a hero. When he turns up alive, the Navy still insists on making him a hero. He rebells, but Emily convinces him that taking on the hero's role is entirely consistent with his character and the best way possible to avoid combat in the future.
My Rating:6

Reviews for The Americanization of Emily

Review - Americanization of Emily, The

The movie says some rather profound things about the stupidity of war and the senselessness of valor. I didn't agree with all of them, but as for the stupidity, I heartly do so.
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