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Charlotte Gray (2001)

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A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.



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Charlotte, a young Scottish woman, who has studied in France, is living in London during World War II. Within weeks she both falls in love with a young pilot and is recruited by the Secret Service to act as a courier for the French Resistance. However her mission behind enemy lines becomes a personal mission to find her lover who has been shot down. Assigned to a Communist Resistance group she encounters acts of betrayal from sometimes unexpected sources, but meets the violence of war and her own disappointment with hope.... Written by <johnno.r@xtra.co.nz>

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The story of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.


Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some war related violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe der Charlotte Gray  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£450,229 (United Kingdom), 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,806, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$668,140, 17 February 2002
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The schoolteacher played by Anton Lesser was called "Benech" in the novel, but the small French town in which much of the movie was based had a popular mayor whose name was similar, so officials asked that the name be changed. He's called "Renech" in the final version. See more »


The German colors during the Nazi Regime were actually Black, White and Red. These were also the colors of the N.S.D.A.P. and were present on the shield of the German helmets of the Wehrmacht and all of the flags at this time. So the Bundesrepublik Deutschland colors of Black, Red and Yellow are not appropriate for the film. See more »


[first lines]
Charlotte Gray: [narration] It all seemed so simple. We were at war. The Nazis were the enemy. And because good must triumph over evil, so we would triumph over them. How could we have know that war ever trades in such certainty? That we are nothing is unthinkable. Anything could be true. Even a lie.
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


As performed by Harry Roy and his band
(p) 1941
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records
Written by Bobby Troup, World Music, Inc
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
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Charlotte Gray: huggable red lips of love and searing blue eyes of brilliance
30 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Take the drama and intelligent dialogue from the era in which this movie is set (1940s) and play it out with the sophisticated filming techniques and cinematography of today and you might begin to get an idea of how great this movie is.

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