5 Julie Andrews Movies You Should Watch

August 6, 2016 8 Comments

I am tired of hearing people say how much they adore Julie Andrews when all they’ve seen is Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Princess Diaries and the rare occasion of Victor/Victoria. Julie has an extensive list of films that haven’t seen the light of day (did you know she was in 10? Of course not, everyone only cared about Bo Derek) because she was egregiously typecast as the singing nanny.

If you want to brush up on your Julie Andrews filmography here is a list of 5 Julie Andrews movies you should watch coming from a girl with 3 Julie Andrews tattoos. Bonus: I’ll even tell you which one you can see her boobs in.

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

This is the #1 movie I show to people who have only seen Julie in the usual films. It’s funny and cute, it’s a musical that was made too late for it’s time. All my friends agree that this is a must-watch. It was made into a Broadway show which I think says something about the catchy music. You get to see Julie in a light that you won’t see in any other movie. She’s sexy, funny, and just all around adorable in this one.

It takes place in the roaring 20s where Millie (Julie Andrews) is determined to marry her wealthy boss, befriends (the sort of annoying) Mary Tyler Moore and sings a killer Jewish Wedding Song.

Victor/Victoria (1982)

A few of you may have already seen or heard of this movie. This is the movie that Julie made after her peak in Hollywood that brought her back into the spotlight, she even made her comeback on Broadway in the stage version of this film. For those of you who like trivia, it’s her 2nd film with the late James Garner (the others are The Americanization of Emily and One Special Night). When I first watched this I couldn’t get over that this was middle-aged Julie Andrews. I was so used to seeing either Mary Poppins-Julie or Princess Diaries-Julie. Once you get past that, it’s very entertaining.

It’s set in Paris, 1930 and Julie plays a woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman. Need I say more?

Hawaii (1966)

I’m going to be honest with you, this is a very long film and it’s one of the few films where she’s not the main character. I recommend this film simply because it’s beautiful. Hawaii has always been one of my favorite Julie Andrews films and one that I don’t watch very often because you really need to get into a certain state of mind before investing in it. It’s definitely worth watching just for the plot line alone, but if you’re in it for Julie you won’t be disappointed. She has few scenes but the ones that she’s in, she’s stunning. Like it’s stupid how stunning she is. She actually has long hair in this one, and she’s hella tanned.

In the 1820s a young minister and his wife (Julie Andrews) embark on a dangerous mission to Hawaii. They embrace the Hawaii culture while trying to convert them to Christianity. Meanwhile Julie’s grows unhappy in her marriage and starts to fall for her ex lover, who is pretty much the bad boy of the film.

Torn Curtain (1966)

Alfred Hitchcock. Paul Newman. Julie Andrews. If that doesn’t sell you, then I don’t know what else to write.

Star! (1968)

I would say this movie was the beginning of the end of Julie Andrews successful career. She still managed to maintain success, but this movie was made 3 years after The Sound Of Music so her fame was at it’s peak. She was Hollywood’s it girl, which is why 20th Century Fox thought this movie could make them the big bucks. It’s a great film, but after this one Julie’s film career didn’t do so well.

The film is a bio-musical about Gertrude Lawrence. It’s a long one with a lot of songs. I have a love-hate relationship with this film. There are a lot of criticisms I have about it but it’s literally ALL JULIE. You can’t get more Julie Andrews in a film than Star! It’s as if the film was made just as a test to see how many different musical numbers and costume changes she could do in 2 hours.

If you love musicals and you love Julie Andrews, this one is for you.

Julie Bonus: She bares her boobs in S.O.B (1981) 

I don’t personally recommend watching the whole thing unless your a huge Blake Edwards fan, in which case you still probably wouldn’t be able to watch the whole thing.

 

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Alex

    August 6, 2016

    Loved it!
    There’s a lot she has done that people don’t even think or know about, as you said. My personal favourite has to be Duet for One because it’s totally different from everything she’s done. Than, there’s One Special Night!!! It always melts my heart seeing James and Julie together.
    Keep up with this new adventure.
    I can’t promise I’ll comment on every post (because…well because it’s me) but I’ll be sure to keep on reading your posts *hearts*

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    sil

    August 6, 2016

    Hi! I just came across your blog. Great blog! My personal opinion: “Thourouly Modern Milly” is a movie to recommend ONLY to someone who’s a huge fan on Julie. It’s rather boring for non-fans. So, my #1 on the list is definitely Victor-Victoria, #2 Torn Curtain, #3 Tamarind Seed. And that’s it when it comes to recommended films for non-fans. Hawaii definitely is extremely boring and long (I could only watch the whole movie once), Star is rather silly and Milly… well… Regards!!

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      jossbecause

      August 6, 2016

      Hi sil, thanks for taking the time to comment. In my experience a lot of my friends who aren’t fans of Julie enjoyed Millie, but I guess everyone is different 🙂 Tamarind Seed was close to making it in, another one of my favorites!

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    Daniel

    August 6, 2016

    Hi, I loved your post. I must point out however a couple of errors in the commentary. In Victor/Victoria Julie play a WOMAN pretending to be a man in drag. The time period of Hawaii is I believe the 1830’s.
    Thanks and I really appreciate your blog.
    Also I agree with the other comment that Duet for One is a great performance of Julie’s.

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      jossbecause

      August 6, 2016

      Thanks for the notes I updated the post, I can’t believe I missed those errors! And agreed, Duet For One is also an incredible film.

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    Pamela Bland

    August 6, 2016

    I have seen 3 of the 5 movies mentioned; I enjoyed them all, so I must find the others to catch up. I enjoy her singing, she has a terrific vocal range – wish I was half as good as Julie. Thanks for entertaining me all these years. I’d love to meet her one day.

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    Charlotte

    August 7, 2016

    I remember watching “the boobs” film years ago but couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called.
    I stumbled across “Millie” on a rainy, English, Sunday afternoon (are there any other kind?) as a teenager and loved it. I must make the effort to hunt it out and show it to my children. x

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      jossbecause

      August 7, 2016

      Your kids will love Millie! I don’t think it’s hard to come by, try your local video store 🙂

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