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
When at the end Audrey Hepburn runs a few metres from her hotel (near rue Monge) to get into a subway station, she actually arrives at Saint Jacques Station, a few kilometres from there. Then when she buys a ticket, she is even on a different line, miles away. See more »
As Reggie and Sylvie are walking around the indoor swimming pool, the boom mic and boom arm are reflected in the glass as they turn the corner. 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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