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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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Release Date:
5 December 1963 (USA) See more »
Is Anyone Really Who They Seem To Be? See more »
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Still Going Strong Past 50! See more (260 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Peter Joshua

Audrey Hepburn ... Regina Lampert

Walter Matthau ... Hamilton Bartholomew

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
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)

Mel Ferrer ... Man smoking cigarette in nightclub (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)

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)
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)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician (guitars) (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
Arthur Carroll .... production executive
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Italy:T | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | 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?

Cary Grant initially turned down the movie because he felt at almost 60 he would be too much of a predator pursuing the much-younger Audrey Hepburn. (Ironically, Hepburn was several years older than some actresses who had already played Grant's love interest in the 1950s, such as Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.) In a last-ditch attempt to sign Grant, Peter Stone worked all night on the script and presented it to Grant to look over just once more. Grant gleefully 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 predator.See more »
Continuity: When Alex and Reggie are on the restaurant boat, a man appears and disappears behind them between shots.See more »
[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:
Referenced in "Fringe: Ability (#1.14)" (2009)See more »
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67 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Still Going Strong Past 50!, 28 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I have found many films just aren't as good as I remember seeing as a kid. A wide-eyed youngster gaping at a big silver screen at the theater can be more memorable than a middle-aged guy seeing that film decades later on a small television.

However, here is one film that is EVEN BETTER than I remembered it. Yeah, it's a little dated here and there, but not much, just mainly Audrey Hepburn's dialog. However, the story with all its twists is just as suspenseful and fun to watch as it was over 50 years ago. I've seen this three times in the last two years, after that long, long absence. (Tip: spend the extra money to get the Criterion DVD disc. It is the only clear, sharp copy of this film I have seen.)

The story's strength lies in getting the viewer involved. One never knows whether Gary Grant is a good guy or a bad guy. The dialog between Grant and Hepburn is very entertaining as the latter tries to figure out the same thing. There are lots of good lines, particularly by Grant. That in itself makes this film fun to watch multiple times. The pacing of this story also is good; the film moves fast and spaces the action out smartly.

This has to be one of the best movies ever to come out of the 1960s. I have never known anyone who didn't like this film.

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