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Charade (1963) More at IMDbPro »

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Charade -- Audrey Hepburn stars as Reggie, a woman targeted by ruthless killers for her murdered husband's fortune. Cary Grant plays Peter Joshua, a charming bachelor trying to help.  Together they try to unravel the secrets to Reggie's husband's hidden fortune.
Charade -- Romance and suspense 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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Director:
Writers:
Peter Stone (screenplay)
Peter Stone (story) ...
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Release Date:
5 December 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Is Anyone Really Who They Seem To Be? See more »
Plot:
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Duel of Giants! See more (241 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Peter Joshua

Audrey Hepburn ... Regina Lampert

Walter Matthau ... Hamilton Bartholemew

James Coburn ... Tex Panthollow

George Kennedy ... Herman Scobie
Dominique Minot ... Sylvie Gaudet

Ned Glass ... Leopold W. Gideon
Jacques Marin ... Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas ... Mr. Felix - Stamp Dealer
Thomas Chelimsky ... Jean-Louis Gaudet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Arian ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Claudine Berg ... Maid (uncredited)
Marcel Bernier ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Georges Billy ... Man in Stamp Market (uncredited)
Albert Daumergue ... Man in Stamp Market (uncredited)
Raoul Delfosse ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lucien Desagneaux ... Passer-by in the Public Garden (uncredited)
Stanley Donen ... Man in Elevator (voice) (uncredited)
Colin Drake ... Hamilton Bartholomew (uncredited)
Jean Gold ... Man Who Writes in the Terrace of the Cafe (uncredited)
Chantal Goya ... Extra (uncredited)
Clément Harari ... German Tourist (uncredited)
Monte Landis ... Master of Ceremonies at Les Black Sheep Club (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... Hotel Receptionnist (uncredited)
Antonio Passalia ... Italian Representative in the URESCO (uncredited)
Jacques Préboist ... Ice Cream Salesman (uncredited)
Peter Stone ... Man in Elevator / Voice of Marine (uncredited)
Anthony Stuart ... British Representative in the URESCO (uncredited)
Michel Thomass ... Embassy Driver (uncredited)
André Tomasi ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Roger Trapp ... Mortuary Employee (uncredited)
Louis Viret ... Hallmark Employee in the Subway (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Peter Stone (screenplay)

Peter Stone (story) and
Marc Behm (story)

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
James H. Ware .... associate producer (as James Ware)
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark  (as James Clark)
 
Art Direction by
Jean d'Eaubonne  (as Jean D'Eaubonne)
 
Costume Design by
Hubert de Givenchy (gowns: Miss Hepburn)
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist (as Alberto de'Rossi)
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Léopold Schlosberg .... production manager (as Leopold Schlosberg)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Maurette .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Auguste Capelier .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer (as Jacques Carrere)
Bob Jones .... sound mixer
Allan Morrison .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Wally Armitage .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Brian Gamby .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Stader .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Persin .... second unit cameraman
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Robert Ellis .... animator
 
Music Department
Sue Allen .... chorus (uncredited)
Perry Botkin Jr. .... chorus (uncredited)
Rolly Bundock .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: vibes (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Peggy Clark .... chorus (uncredited)
John Drake .... chorus (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Ian Freebairn-Smith .... chorus (uncredited)
Dominic Frontiere .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Douglas Gamley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ronnie Lang .... musician: reeds (uncredited)
Henry Mancini .... conductor (uncredited)
Gene Merlino .... chorus (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Jimmy Rowles .... musician: piano (uncredited)
John Scott .... musician: flute, saxophone (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Jack Sperling .... musician: drums (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
Arthur Carroll .... production executive
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
113 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Australia:X (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2001) (2002) (2003) (2007) (2011) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20428) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character played by Cary Grant quotes a line from My Fair Lady ("On the street where you live"), the film version of which would star Audrey Hepburn the following year.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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106 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Duel of Giants!, 25 July 2004

Let's see: what we got here is one of the best romantic-comedy/thriller scripts ever made, one of the best Hollywood directors from 50's and 60's, the more elegant and classy actress ever (Audrey Hepburn), the more elegant and classy actor ever (Cary Grant), two of the best "tough guys" from the big screen (G. Kennedy and James Coburn), one of the best comedy actors ever (Walter Matthau), and the city of Paris. Nothing could possibly go wrong, don't you think?

Audrey Hepburn is Reggie Lambert, an American girl married to a swiss guy called Charles Lambert (at least that's what she thinks)... She's spending her holidays in some ski resort with her best girlfriend Sylvie and the son of hers. Reggie has decided to divorce her husband, so she gets back to Paris. Once there she found out that her husband's been killed. From this moment on she gets involved in the funniest spy plot ever.

Watching Charade you'll have an smile on your face from the beginning till the very end. And you'll burst out laughing in many moments of the movie. Stanley Donen gets out of every sequence very skillfully and, as he did before in Seven Brides or Singin' In The Rain, he probes he's an outstanding filmmaker. There're two names that come into my mind every time I watch this movie: Alfred Hitchcock and Blake Edwards. In Charade, Stanley Donen merged suspense and romantic-comedy in the best possible way. Actor's selection is just perfect, the chemical between Hepburn and Grant is simply unbeatable. One more perfect couple to add to Hollywood's Couple's Hall Of Fame: side by side with Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant (him once again!), Lauren Bacall-Humphrey Bogart... It's not easy to find two actors so compatible. What to say about George Kennedy or James Coburn? Best known for their roles in action movies, they do their best as CIA agents. And least but not less, we got Walter Matthau, one of the best comedy actors ever (I should've put Walter Matthau-Jack Lemon in my Couple's Hall Of Fame!) doing the best he can (that is a lot!) as (in principle) an American Embassy employee.

So if you liked North By Northwest or Breakfast At Tiffany's, if you think that there's never been a more classy actress than Audrey Hepburn, if you do believe that Cary Grant's been one of the more talented actors ever (and one of the funniest ones)... please, don't miss Charade. You'll spend one of the times of your life.

Aur Voir, Mon Amis!

My Rate: 10/10 or even higher.

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