Opened: October 27, 1964
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Starring: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Newlan, James Coburn, Joyce Grenfell, Keenan Wynn, Edward Binns, Liz Fraser, William Windom, John Crawford, Douglas Henderson, Edmond Ryan, Steve Franken, Alan Sues & Judy Carne
In their first film together, then-up-and-coming actors James Garner and Julie Andrews share great chemistry that makes The Americanization of Emily a striking World War II romance.
In the weeks leading up to D-Day, United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander Charlie Madison (Garner) falls in love with a driver from the motor pool, Emily Barham (Andrews), while stationed in London. Admiral William Jessup (Melvyn Douglas) instructs Charlie and Commander Bus Cummings (James Coburn) to make a film on the beaches of Normandy.
Garner and Andrews share a dynamic passion in both their love and fight scenes. It makes you fall for the couple and cheer for their triumphs and suffer with them at their losses. In her first film after Mary Poppins, the role of Emily allows Andrews to show her range as an actress.
Final say: Epically beautiful. ★★★★★