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Charade (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 5 December 1963 (USA)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

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Regina Lampert, a Paris based American, has decided to divorce her Swiss husband, Charles Lampert, because of the secrets and lies that have pervaded their marriage, she coming to the conclusion that she no longer loves him and really knows nothing about him. Before she can make that request to Charles, he is found dead, seemingly pushed off a Paris to Bordeaux train. While Regina was on holiday in Megève, Charles sold all their possessions making $250,000 in the process, and seemed to be on his way to the coast to leave the country for South America probably for good. The money, however, was not among his possessions on the train, those possessions which are returned to Regina. Regina further learns from Hamilton Bartholomew of the CIA that they were after him, Charles Lampert only the primary alias he has been using of late. During WWII, Charles, a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), absconded with $250,000 worth of their gold bars that were destined for the French ... Written by Huggo

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Charles Lampert's passports found in the evidence bag are from the following countries, in order: Switzerland, the United States, Chile and Italy. See more »

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After Herman attacks Regina in her room and before Peter steps out through the window, Peter's jacket is unbuttoned. As Peter steps out through the window, the camera shot from outside clearly shows his jacket is buttoned. See more »

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Jean-Louis Gaudet: Oh, la!
Reggie Lampert: 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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Charade
Lyric: Johnny Mercer,
Music: Henry Mancini
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A Truthful Whitefoot Or A Lying Blackfoot
16 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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