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

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11 January 2002 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$668,140 (USA) (17 February 2002)
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The agreement for the crew to film in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, France was that they must allow the local residents to be filmed as extras. Because of this, most of the citizens seen in the Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val shots are real citizens of the town. See more »

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When the resistance near Lesignac are blowing up the ammunition train, the locomotive is clearly shown as a British Standard Class 2-10-0 Number 92240. This class of locomotive was not introduced until 1954 and Number 92240 was not built until 1958. 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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References I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »

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La Java Bleue
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Georges Koger and Noël Renard
Performed by Fréhel
(p) 1939, Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
by Editions Paul Beuscher
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Meant Well but still kind of disappointing!
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cate Blanchett is becoming one of Australia's best known actresses worldwide and with good reason. She has the class, style, and appearance of a female movie star from the golden era of Hollywood. She is still a classic beauty but conveys intelligence, wit, and seriousness about her roles as a work of art. In the title role of Charlotte Grey, she plays a British woman who goes looking for the man she loves in the midst of World War II. He was a member of the Royal Air Force and his plane was shot down. Determined to find out his fate regardless of all the dangerous consequences, Charlotte assumes a new name and is taken in by a French family. They filmed the village scenes in Toulouse with locals as extras. Some remember when the Germans invaded France with great pain and anguish even to this day. The film is quietly strong but not for the cinema. It might have gotten better reception on Masterpiece Theater. The scenery, art direction, costumes are all first rate but the writing lacked something in my opinion.


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