Regina is about to divorce her husband when she finds that he has been murdered after converting every penny they owned to cash, which is also missing. She meets Cary Grant who changes his name every 15 minutes or so and is interested in her husband's money, which seems to have come from a WWII payroll he stole. His partners in crime are also very interested in where the money is, as he stole it from them as well. Everyone assumes Regina MUST know where the money is. The situation becomes more tense when the searchers begin turning up dead. Written by
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In the scene where Audrey Hepburn is smoking a cigarette alone in her empty apartment and Cary Grant enters, the backs of his ears had to be covered with masking tape since the backlighting made them appear red. See more »
Scobie is covering "Dyle" with a gun held in his artificial hand, so there's no way that he can pull the trigger. See more »
Don't tell me, you didn't know it was loaded. Sylvie! Oh. Can't he do something constructive, like start an avalanche or something?
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Audrey Hepburn's husband who only married her months earlier is seen being thrown off a train in his pajamas. Turns out she didn't know a whole lot about him, mainly the fact that he had stolen a lot of money from the OSS during World War II and double-crossed his partners in the heist. Now they and the government are looking for the money from her.
All that's been left to her as far as her husband's things are the contents of a Lufthansa travel bag and the rather mundane contents of said bag.
It's all one big Charade for Audrey, she doesn't know who to believe. She'd like to believe Cary Grant and who wouldn't, but every time she turns around Grant's got a different character name. He has a total of four during the film. The others are James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass, and Walter Matthau.
Charade boasts a fast moving plot and great location photography in both Paris and the Swiss Alps. It also has a nice musical score with a title song that was up for an Oscar that year. If the song Charade had won it would have been an unprecedented three wins in a row for the songwriting team of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. But the song lost to Call Me Irresponsible from Papa's Delicate Condition.
It's ironic that Cary Grant at the last minute backed out of doing Sabrina because he thought the contrast in age between him and Audrey Hepburn would not be believed by the audience. Maybe so, but they do make a nice couple here and apparently he changed his mind along the way.
We should be glad he did.
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