Officer Charlie Madison (Garner) has a dream job in World War II catering to the luxurious needs of a two-star admiral (Douglas). He advocates for cowardice and survival, but when he meets Emily Barham (Andrews), a principled English war widow, she challenges his self-serving outlook. The two still fall helplessly in love, but will the war keep them together or split them up?
Written by the gifted Paddy Chayefsky, this is one of the sharper anti-war satires out there. Both leads are solid, with Andrews particularly impressive in her first non-singing role. Veterans Douglas and James Coburn (as Charlie's womanizing fellow officer) almost steal the movie, however. Fall in love with "Emily," a touching and engrossing film with something to say.