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Charade (1963)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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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


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy

Peter Stone, Marc Behm

Oct 14, 1997

Madacy Entertainment

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (3) | DVD (29)

What's going on is sort of confused.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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A terrifically entertaining comedy-thriller.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Donen's typically slick comedy thriller, ingeniously scripted by Peter Stone, is a mammoth audience teaser.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I tell you, this light-hearted picture is full of such gruesome violence.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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A novel, auteur-driven film populated with reliably charismatic stars; even at the age of 50 it leaves most modern produce in the dust. It was also a hit. Five decades later, why has Hollywood not learnt their lesson?

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn transcend several genres

April 18, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's glossy, charming, silly, and far too self-aware to be at all thrilling.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Charming comedy-romance-thriller pairing Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, intelligently scripted by Peter Stone and directed in distinctly Hitchcockian style by Stanley Donen.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

even though the age difference is kinda weird the romance works

March 2, 2008

A smart Hitchcockian thriller.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smooth Donen thriller showcasing Cary and Audrey.

March 24, 2006

Stanley Donen's stylishly elegant, largely entertaining romance-thriller teams Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn (then at the height of their careers) for the first and only time.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The star power of Cary and Audrey is electrifying in this great comic thriller

October 7, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

An appealing hybrid of romantic comedy and spy thriller. It's one of the best Hitchcock films that Hitchcock had nothing to do with.

May 23, 2004
Nitrate Online

Charade is part thriller, part comedy and part old-fashioned romance, and classic-movie lovers will find it irresistable.

May 14, 2004

Sparkles with all the vigor of freshly uncorked champagne.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Often described as “the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made,” Charade stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in a sparkling thriller with overtones of screwball romantic comedy — or is it the other way around?

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The sexual chemistry between Hepburn and Grant, when set against Charade's tumultuous backdrop of shifting identities, makes this movie an enduring favorite.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Everything about it is a little bit cleverer and a little bit better than it has to be. Thanks must be paid to both Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Charade

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.
October 12, 2012

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.
February 11, 2012
Randy Tippy

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Perfect romantic-comedy-thriller classic entertainment. This is kind of a Hitchcock movie that set the standard for quality mystery films. It's a tasteful humour colourful characters and intelligent plot make Charade one of the best mystery movie ever made with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
The story's strength lies in getting the viewer involved. One never knows whether Grant is a good guy or a bad guy. The dialog between Grant and Hepburn is very entertaining as the latter tries to figure out the same thing. There are lots of good lines, particularly by Grant.
Director Stanley Donen gets out of every sequence very skillfully.
March 28, 2011
Dean McKenna

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    1. Regina Lampert: Adam Canfield? Wonderful! Do you realize you've had three names in the past two days? I don't even know who I'm talking to any more!
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Regina Lampert: Hello, Mr. Dyle.
    2. Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik: Regie?
    3. Regina Lampert: Well, that's the only name I've got.
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik: What do I have to do to satisfy you? Become the next victim?
    2. Regina Lampert: That's a start anyway.
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Regina Lampert: I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn't possibly meet anyone else.
    2. Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik: Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.
    – Submitted by Andy A (2 years ago)
    1. Regina Lampert: I'm having a nervous breakdown.
    – Submitted by Susan B (2 years ago)
    1. Regina Lampert: Oh, I don't know who anyone is!
    – Submitted by Ace J (2 years ago)
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