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Charade (1963)



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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband's funeral begin to harass her, Reggie goes to Joshua for help, at which time Joshua confesses that his name is actually Alexander Dyle, the brother of a fourth accomplice in the gold theft. The three men from the funeral are revealed to be the three other accomplices in the crime, and though she knows next to nothing of the heist, Reggie is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadowy trio, all after the money. Apparently, the only person she can trust is Joshua/Dyle -- until Bartholomew tells Reggie that the fourth accomplice had no brother, and Joshua/Dyle reveals that he is, in fact, a crook named Adam Canfield. Now Reggie doesn't know where to turn. The musical score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Stone, Marc Behm
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 1997
Madacy Entertainment


Cary Grant
as Peter Joshua
Audrey Hepburn
as Regina Lampert
Walter Matthau
as Hamilton Bartholemew
James Coburn
as Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy
as Herman Scobie
Ned Glass
as Leopold Gideon
Jacques Marin
as Inspector Edouard Gr...
Dominique Minot
as Sylvie Gaudet
Thomas Chelimsky
as Jean-Louis Gaudet
Stanley Donen
as Man in Elevator
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Critic Reviews for Charade

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

What's going on is sort of confused.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A terrifically entertaining comedy-thriller.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Firsttime teaming of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a natural, gives the sophisticated romantic caper an international appeal, plus the selling points of adventure, suspense and suberb comedy.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
Top Critic

Donen's typically slick comedy thriller, ingeniously scripted by Peter Stone, is a mammoth audience teaser.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I tell you, this light-hearted picture is full of such gruesome violence.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Made when the studio system was on its last legs, Charade still feels fresh, quick-witted, nothing like the artificial, airless Hollywood pictures of its time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Charade

Despite the visible age difference, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn display a nice chemistry together in this charming blend of Hitchcockian thriller and screwball comedy - a classic spy film that benefits from a delicious sense of humor and a fantastic, suspenseful conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Quite an entertaining romp of a dinner theater romantic thriller expanded so the action takes place throughout Paris. Whatever the plot devices, as transparent as any community theater production, this one chugs along about 98% on the magnetic charm of its leads, and the rest is Mancini's ever present score. And let's not forget Paris. Just like with French cooking, the right ingredients and a little savoire-faire make a little nothing seem like much more.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


How do you make a Hitchcock movie without Hitchcock? Step 1: Cary Grant. Step 2: Find yourself a screenplay with a lot of twists and turns. Step 3: Hire the most beautiful actress you can afford. Step 4: And finally, you go get that guy who directed Singin' in the Rain.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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