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Charlotte Gray (2002)



Critic Consensus: A dull adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's novel despite gorgeous cinematography and Cate Blanchett's best efforts.

Movie Info

In 1942, London is in the middle of the Blitz. The city is blacked out and bombs shatter the night. Charlotte Gray is an ordinary woman who travels from Scotland to London to see how she can help. At a party, she meets Peter, a battle-weary RAF pilot on leave, and they fall in love. But the affair is abruptly halted when Peter is called back into service and his plane is shot down over France. If he is alive, he is probably hiding, sheltered by the French Resistance. Soon, Charlotte is also on her way to France, for like many women fluent in French, she has been recruited as a secret agent, working to support the Resistance. She could have asked for an assignment at home, but instead she jettisons fear, accepting a dangerous mission behind enemy lines, keeping secret her personal mission to find her missing lover. In a world where secrecy is all around, she discovers that she can only trust what is in her heart.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some war related violence, sensuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Brock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Cate Blanchett
as Charlotte Gray/Domin...
Billy Crudup
as Julien Levade
Michael Gambon
as Auguste Levade
Rupert Penry-Jones
as Peter Gregory
James Fleet
as Richard Cannerly
Robert Hands
as Borowski
Hugh Ross
as Psychiatrist
Martin Oldfield
as Assault Course Instr...
Mike Burnside
as Morse Code Instructo...
Damian Myerscough
as Gun Instructor
Ron Cook
as Mirabel
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Businessman at Party
Michael Fitzgerald
as Businessman at Party
Miranda Bell
as Female Instructor
Victoria Scarborough
as Claire Monceau
David Birkin
as Jean-Paul
John Pierce Jones
as Monsieur Monceau
Louise Vincent
as Madame Cariteau
Gillian Barge
as Madame Galliot
Michael Mellinger
as Old Man Roudil
Carole Barbier
as Housewife
Severine Bouche
as Housewife
Rosanna Lavelle
as Sophie the Reception...
John Hug
as Bartender
Helen McCrory
as Francoise
Mathias Jung
as German Sergeant
Erich Redman
as German Corporal
Wolf Kahler
as Oberlieutenant Linde...
Maurice Yeoman
as German Soldier
Robin Pearce
as Gendarme Claude
Amy Marston
as Pregnant Mother
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Critic Reviews for Charlotte Gray

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (35)

The pace is so lethargic and the focus so diffuse that it's hard to get a fix on Charlotte beyond needless glamorization.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Mounts a romantic drama of the World War II era in mostly glossy, shallow terms.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

If this is melodrama, it's melodrama of a superior rank, and I salute it.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

While Blanchett's presence is surely felt in virtually every scene of the movie, her acting isn't. We don't connect with her at all.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Denver Post
Top Critic

This is Blanchett's film. Her quiet, detailed work leaves you wanting more.

January 24, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Not a great work but wields powerful weapons in its director and its star.

January 24, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Charlotte Gray


The story of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Such a different perspective on a war-time film, showing this through a strong woman?s eyes, in a man?s world. This story is essentially driven by love.

Blanchett yet again, pours emotion into her performance and is of course a believable role. I too, have to give Billy Crudup credit for his performance here which I feel is his greatest to date.

Impressive all around with a much enjoyed plot.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Cate Blanchett is magnificent as her title role in this war-drama film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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