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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, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Charade
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.
Donen's typically slick comedy thriller, ingeniously scripted by Peter Stone, is a mammoth audience teaser.
I tell you, this light-hearted picture is full of such gruesome violence.
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.
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.
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.
|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!|
|Regina Lampert:||Hello, Mr. Dyle.|
|Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik:||Regie?|
|Regina Lampert:||Well, that's the only name I've got.|
|Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik:||What do I have to do to satisfy you? Become the next victim?|
|Regina Lampert:||That's a start anyway.|
|Regina Lampert:||I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn't possibly meet anyone else.|
|Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik:||Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.|
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