Charade

1963

Charade

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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

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Cast

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 Grandpierre
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 (7)

  • What's going on is sort of confused.

    Feb 4, 2009 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • A terrifically entertaining comedy-thriller.

    Feb 4, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Donen's typically slick comedy thriller, ingeniously scripted by Peter Stone, is a mammoth audience teaser.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I tell you, this light-hearted picture is full of such gruesome violence.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Charade

  • 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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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