The Americanization of Emily

The Americanization of Emily

DVD - 2014
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War widow Emily Barham is tired of seeing men go to war never to return. Charles Madison is an officer who cares nothing for glory. The two meet, and hilarious anti-war satire and life-affirming love ensue.


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Jul 21, 2014

I saw on the news last night, July 20, 2014, that James Garner had died. In a television interview he stated how proud he was of his work in "The Americanization of Emily". So I thought I would watch the movie. Well, you might say that I have been beaten to the punch. KCLS has one copy and 31 patrons waiting for it. I really want to see this movie, but I will wait. It is understandable that many of James Garner's fans want to see the movie. I will look in again in several months. James Garner was a wonderful actor and from his autobiography a great family man. We were all fortunate that he passed into our lives via the television and theater screens!

Dec 29, 2013

A highly original war comedy, with intelligent dialogue and superb acting. This was one of the first (or maybe the fist) anti-war films of 60s, with James Garner giving a wonderful performance as a cynical yet charming anti-hero who converts proper Julie Andrews to his philosophy of self-preservation. The film elegantly makes the point that though war may sometimes be necessary, society's glorification of war and its heroes is itself responsible for causing war, together with unecessary death and grief. Perhaps not quite as funny as it intends to be, this is still an exceptional film.

Mar 20, 2012


Nov 30, 2011

Not bad for an "ancient" film. Lots of stereotyped characters, but quite daringly critical for its time.


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Mar 19, 2012

A cynical American naval officer (Garner) is assigned a lovely young English widow (Andrews) as his driver in this comedy set in London during World War II. Despite their differences they fall in love, but his superiors seem to have nasty plans for him involving D-day!
James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Joyce Grenfell.


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