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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival, Bernard Kay
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, William Peter Blatty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winning the affections of Allied troups during WWI, Lili Smith is an English entertainer who also happens to be a German spy. When she's assigned to extract military secrets from a dashing American flying ace, she falls in love and is torn between her alliance to Germany and her love for the pilot.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Jones on 25 Mar. 2007
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Thank you Paramount UK for finally giving us this beautiful film in it's entirety. Living in the US, I was extremely disappointed by the butchered 2005 release of this gem in my country. But now I have it, even though I have to watch it on a multi-region DVD player. The transfer and sound are gorgeous. Better than you would ever expect for a film of this age. Here for all to see are the musical numbers, complete and unedited. You can also enjoy the complete seduction scene in the country inn and appreciate Julie's impeccable comedic timing. I just wish they had included the production short, "Darling Julie," prepared at the time of this film's production. Also, a still gallery would have been nice. For you American's reading this, owning this treasure is worth every penny of your investment in buying a multi-region DVD player. For you Brits, run out and buy this beauty. And, can anyone explain to me why Paramount released a cut version to the US and the complete version to Europe?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Strutte on 15 July 2007
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Forget the critical condemnation of this film. It really is special. I first saw it at it's UK original release at the Odeon in the Haymarket, London. At the time Julie was totally out of fashion. No doubt her none appearance at the UK premiere of STAR! at the Dominion Cinema did little to help. She was too busy filming Darling Lili in Ireland. A poor excuse and one that led to her disappearance from the screen for quite a few years. Her film career was ruined. But Darling Lili is well worth seeing. It is beautifully produced and very fine entertainment.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2009
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Long forgotten by almost all but Julie Andrews fans, Darling Lili was the box-office disaster that not only nearly killed Andrews and director Blake Edwards' careers but nearly destroyed Paramount as well (grossing only $5m against a then massive $25m budget) and even inspired two films - Blake Edwards' thinly-veiled version of his side of the film, S.O.B., and, of all things, The Godfather Part III (it seems the studio were partially baled out by investors who turned out to be, ahem, friends of Italian opera and who were particularly difficult to dislodge). Part of the last burst of absurdly expensive epic musicals that followed in the wake of the Sound of Music's success, it was never originally intended to be an all-out musical - instead, Edwards saw it as a period romantic comedy vehicle for his wife. Unfortunately, since his wife was Julie Andrews, the studio thought it might be a better investment to turn it into a musical - her character is a musical hall singer who moonlights as a spy for the Germans in the First World War after all. The film ended up spending more than a year-and-a-half in post-production as new scenes and musical numbers were added (it's not too difficult to spot them, since Hermes Pan's staging is far more confident than Edwards', who tends to be unsure of quite how to showcase Andrews at times, though a bizarre burlesque striptease number seems spectacularly out of place) and various lengths were tested before a 143-minute roadshow version opened to much derision or indifference. Edwards subsequently re-edited the film for US TV to one of the few director's cuts that's substantially shorter than the theatrical one, in the process turning it from a misfired musical romantic comedy to a slightly darker misfired romantic comedy with a few songs instead.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Swinbank on 2 May 2008
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Okay,okay you're saying I'm nuts well maybe I am, but if you enjoyed the film The Blue Max you have to have this film, if simply for the flying.These are directed by Anthony Squire, the man behind the flying in Blue Max. Many of the same aeroplanes and locations are used. There is at least one full size replica SE5a,plus about four 3/4 size replica SE5s, with odd markings, however to me, they work suprisingly well. To be honest there is a real world of difference in seeing real planes on film and seeing CGI, as in Flyboys, which just looked like a Combat Flight Simulator game....As for the rest of the film,the colour and print is mostly very clean and bright. Rock Hudson is too old really for a pilot, but with the songs and light drama least the wife might watch it too. I'd have beefed up the drama and not gone for the comedy, but there we go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Moffatt on 4 Sept. 2012
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I'm bias, I had to give the film five stars because I love it so much... I watched it with my great Gran (also called Lily) years ago and she gave me the wrong title to look for.. I was just a kid at the time, so I didn't remember the name of the stars, just that it was set in ww1 and had a lot of music hall scenes and some dogfights with the old biplanes. Watching this film again brought back a very happy memory !

My first copy was defective, but I told Amazon and I was very happy and surprised to see that they posted me my replacement immediately- it arrived the next day.

If you like musicals & a romantic story the film delivers, if you're interested in WW1 and like scenes with aerial combat, espionage and old motor cars it also delivers. I think this is a superb family film that is suitable for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chatvarin on 15 Feb. 2009
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How much more lovely this film is than I had any expectation of! One might suspect that a war thriller such as this one was only forced to have songs in it because of Julie Andrews's presence, rendering it a patchy musical thriller. What a misgiving that is; it's not a musical in any sense, doesn't try to be, and as far as thriller goes it clearly does not aspire to be one saturated with mystery either.

It really is a romance set in the time of war, with romance first and war as the circumstance. It is not the sweetest love story ever told, but it is crisply told. Granted, the writing is not always of the highest quality, but it fairly consistently is. It quite clearly is intent on not being a war suspense story, but it is not completely void of intrigue, and whatever there is certainly left me wondering, neither alternative glaringly patently the truth. In fact the film never (or did I miss it?) reveals what Operation Crepe Suzette is at all, and how was Major Larrabee passing any vital military information through Lili to the German when everything we see him telling Lili is verified as lies in the film?

If you want masculine suspense thriller then "Darling Lili" is not the place to look for it. It's the tangle with wartime espionage that the romance between Lili and Larrabee gets into that is the heart of this film. I regret that I find Julie Andrews too radiant a match for Rock Hudson, and although Dame Julie is completely natural as a lover Hudson seems wooden - neither convincingly sophisticated nor subtle. Once again Dame Julie Andrews really does literally carry the film. I think she was a little too old by this time for the strip-tease scene - but if you hadn't done it before it'd be better not to leave it until too late no?
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