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Director:
Writers:
George Axelrod (play)
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 November 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They don't make girls like "Charlie" anymore -- they never did!
Plot:
Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Charlie was a jerk as a man...and just as big a jerk as a woman! See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... George Tracy

Debbie Reynolds ... Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason

Pat Boone ... Bruce Minton III

Joanna Barnes ... Janie Highland

Ellen Burstyn ... Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
Laura Devon ... Rusty Sartori

Martin Gabel ... Morton Craft

Roger C. Carmel ... Inspector Frank McGill (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden ... Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen ... Starlet

Michael Romanoff ... Patron
Michael Jackson ... Michael Jackson
Anthony Eustrel ... Butler (as Antony Eustrel)
Donna Michelle ... Woman Doing the Twist on Yacht

Walter Matthau ... Sir Leopold Sartori
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Brolin ... Man Doing the Twist on Yacht (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jerry Dunphy ... T.V. Newscaster (uncredited)
Sydney Guilaroff ... Hairdresser at Beauty Salon (uncredited)
Rudy Hansen ... German in Bistro (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Elegant Bistro Customer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edward Wermel ... German in Bistro (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
George Axelrod (play)

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn  (as Andre Previn)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
John W. Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... supervising hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Reynolds
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Christine Widmeyer .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
George J. Light .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Stubbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jerome Graham .... props (uncredited)
Richard Neblett .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Richard Overton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Wells .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Jerry Catron .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Romito .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Baerthlin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth Lang .... gaffer (uncredited)
Alfred Lebovitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Richter .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Truman Eli .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Willie Mae Neal .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Michael Tierney .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Lew Tate .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... stage producer
Mollie Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #20731)

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Trivia:
Originally intended as a vehicle for Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Stuart Whitman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In one shot when Laura Devon is racing over to Malibu in the vintage Rolls Royce, the film has been printed in reverse. The car's license number is shown backwards.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Leopold Sartori:You speak in riddles, my Sphinx.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Goodbye CharlieSee more »

FAQ

Marilyn Monroe & James Garner---Were They Suppose to Star in "Charlie"?
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Charlie was a jerk as a man...and just as big a jerk as a woman!, 31 January 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

When the film begins, a notorious womanizer, Charlie, is caught with another man's wife and is shot to death. Soon there's a funeral and his friend, George (Tony Curtis) arrives to do the eulogy. However, almost no one shows up...because Charlie spent his life using people, not paying debts and bedding any woman who fell for his spiel. Good riddance seems to be the mood of the day.

Soon there's a knock on the door to Charlie's home and since George is the executor, he answers. A young man (Pat Boone) is there with a naked woman in a blanket. He isn't sure who she is but she gave this address but was otherwise delirious. When she later awakens, it becomes obvious that this IS Charlie--reincarnated as a woman (Debbie Reynolds). At first, it's pretty obvious that Charlie had nothing but contempt for women and hates his new body. However, soon an interesting change comes over him. Perhaps he can use and take advantage of people BETTER as a woman and Charlie begins using her wiles to get ahead in life. She shamelessly flirts and blackmails some of the rich married women Charlie used to sleep with in his male days. Why George hangs out with Charlie throughout much of the film is odd, as George doesn't seem like a total jerk. Charlie, on the other hand, is gosh-darn awful both as a man and as a woman.

So what you have is a racy 60s sex comedy...minus the sex. The idea is pretty cute, original and I generally enjoyed the movie. However, I did think the film went on a bit too long and the picture lost a bit of its momentum as a result. For the first half, I'd give this one a 7 or 8...for the final half, a 4 or 5.

By the way, Walter Matthau's accent was just awful and I assume he must have been really embarrassed by this performance.

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