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Charlotte Gray (2001)

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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Richard Cannerly
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Daisy
Charlotte McDougall ...
Sally
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Peter Gregory (as Rupert Penry Jones)
Robert Hands ...
Borowski
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Business Man at Party
Michael Fitzgerald ...
Business Man at Party
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Psychiatrist
Martin Oldfield ...
Assault Course Instructor
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Mr. Jackson
Mike Burnside ...
Morse Code Instructor
Damian Myerscough ...
Gun Instructor
Miranda Bell ...
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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.

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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

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11 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe der Charlotte Gray  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,258 (USA) (4 January 2002)

Gross:

$668,140 (USA) (15 February 2002)
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Trivia

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 »

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Most, if not all, of the scenes in Vichy France are shown during the dormant season, i.e., winter/early spring when the trees are bare leaved. However, when the story jumps forward ("6 months later") to a scene in bomb damaged London, we can see a bare leaved tree in the background when (6 months afterwards) it should have been in its summer foliage. See more »

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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 »

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Daddy
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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Unconvincing film following an excellent documentary
10 October 2004 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

This film is a love story, loosely based on the real-life heroism of WWII. Those who enjoy such films would not have been disappointed by Charlotte Gray.

Unfortunately, Channel 4 decided to precede the film with the transmission of a documentary about the real-life heroines, whose personal sacrifices, pragmatic courage and strength of character shone out of my TV in a way that had me close to tears. The film, which followed, showed none of the iron self-discipline, the de-sensitising effect of war nor the constant fear of discovery these people lived with, but concerned itself with emotional story lines that would have been at home in any modern love story, loosely based on any social environment you care to choose. Far from blending into the background, along with the oppressed French population, Cate Blanchett was often portrayed parading in high heels and flattering autumnal colours, looking like a million francs

Too frequently for this viewer, it dipped into the downright absurd, e.g. having a) the male lead exposing himself to danger in an astonishing, barking tirade at German troops, b) the collaborationist French schoolteacher volunteering to the goodies that he was a snitch for the Germans and c) Charlotte herself somehow persuading a gendarme not to reveal her whereabouts to his search party colleagues, even when safely out of range of her pistol.

What a wonderful piece of history it was. And what a wonderful film could have been made of it (with the same cast too; the individual performances were all perfectly OK, especially in the minor roles).


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