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Charade (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 5 December 1963 (USA)
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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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Cary Grant initially turned down the movie because he felt that, at almost 60, he would seem too much of a predator, chasing the much-younger Audrey Hepburn. (Ironically, Hepburn was several years older than some actresses who had already played Grant's love interests in the 1950s, such as Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.) In a last-ditch attempt to convince Grant to play the role, screenwriter Peter Stone worked all night on the script and presented it to Grant to look over just once more. Grant happily accepted the role, prompting producers to demand to know what Stone had done. Stone had simply moved all of the romantically aggressive lines from Grant's character to Audrey Hepburn's, making her the pursuer. See more »

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When Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant arrive at the stamp market, workers on ladders can be seen starting to put a new cover on the completely roofless Berkeley Café in the background. However a few minutes later, when Grant runs to catch a cab, the building is directly behind him, and the new roof is long since complete. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Audrey fingers Cary's dimpled chin and asks, "How do you shave in there?"
29 April 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Just one of the many marvelous moments in "Charade", one of Cary Grant's and Audrey Hepburn's best films. There's a quarter of a million dollars floating around instant-widow Hepburn but nobody can SEE IT (it's right in front of their eyes). Filled with running jokes, colorful and eccentric oddities (such as trenchcoat-wearing George Kennedy with his hook and the little guy who won't stop sneezing), funny set-pieces (like the funeral scene, and Audrey's priceless exaggerated reactions) and suspenseful sequences, not to mention Audrey and Cary looking smashing together. This is one of 50 best films ever made, as good as "Casablanca" and "My Fair Lady". In fact, I think it's better.


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