Charade

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A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn's sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.

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After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Cast & Crew

Cary Grant
Peter Joshua
Audrey Hepburn
Regina 'Reggie' Lampert
Walter Matthau
H. Bartholemew
James Coburn
Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy
Herman Scobie
Ned Glass
Leopold W. Gideon
Jacques Marin
Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas
Mr. Felix (stamp dealer)
Dominique Minot
Sylvie Gaudel
Thomas Chelimsky
Jean-Louis Gaudel
Peter Stone
Writer (Story)
Marc Behm
Writer (Story)
Peter Stone
Screenwriter
James H. Ware
Associate Producer
Henry Mancini
Original Music
Charles Lang
Cinematographer
Jim Clark
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Critic Reviews for Charade

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  • Apr 12, 2016
    "Charade" is a fun picture from Stanley Donen, a director more well known for his musicals with Gene Kelly. The film is often called the best film that wasn't directed by Hitchcock, and yes, it does seem like a homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, complete with Cary Grant. Audrey Hepburn plays Regina Lampert, an American woman musing over leaving her husband. That decision becomes easier when she arrives home to her apartment in Paris to find everything missing and a police investigator there to inform her her husband has been murdered. The police investigator interrogates her about Charles and she admits she knows so little about him. The funeral service is sparce, only her friend Sylvie (Dominique Minot) and the charming stranger Brian Cruikshank (Cary Grant) attend. Later three mysterious men appear at the funeral shocked to see Charles is dead. After the funeral she is approached by CIA administrator Hamilton Bartholomew (Walter Mathau) who informs her that she has $200,000 that she doesn't know anything about that those three men are after. Charles and those men, along with a fifth man named Carson Dyle, were given $200,000 in gold to give to the French Resistance, but they stole it instead. Carson was shot and left for dead, and Charles double-crossed the others. What happens next is a series of deaths and people are not who they say they are. What is absolutely clear to Regina is she is unsure as to trust Brian and as the viewer we're unsure, too. They fight and work together at times, and all Regina wants is for this ordeal to end fully cooperating with the three men and the CIA, who wants the money back. This film is not at all predictable, it's fun. It's a completely joyous suspense thriller romantic comedy.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2012
    It dabbles in three genres really well (romance, thriller, black comedy) and its just knockout entertainment. Pairing Hepburn and Grant together was great idea.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2012
    While I don't consider "Charade" to be an exceptional motion picture, I won't deny that it has charm. Sure, it's uneven and there's an obvious lack of chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and Stanley Donen doesn't do Peter Stone's clever script a whole lot of justice, but it's just such so lighthearted, yet so darkly comic that after a while, its flaws become transparent when you realize how much fun you're having. On top of that, it's wildly convoluted, but not in a way that tries your patience. The twists and turns that it takes are all good-natured, and they keep the momentum steadily building towards a suspenseful climax. The performances are all well done and wonderfully nuanced, and Walter Matthau and James Coburn practically steal every scene that they're in. I can't help thinking that "Charade" might have been better under different direction, but it works well for what it is.
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