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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  25 October 2002 (USA)
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A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his,... See full summary »

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A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his, and he wants it back, seemingly convinced that she's hiding the cash. Meanwhile, more people end up dead... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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25 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La verdad sobre Charlie  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,270,290 (USA) (25 October 2002)

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$34,676 (South Africa) (29 August 2003)
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Mark Wahlberg considers this his worst film. See more »

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Using a mint stamp by applying an inappropriate postmark, or even simply spoiling the adhesive by attaching it to a piece of paper, can reduce the value considerably, maybe even making the item totally worthless. See more »

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Cmndt. Dominique: We took the liberty of calling your tailor. We thought perhaps we would learn something.
Regina Lambert: Did you?
Cmndt. Dominique: Yes. Your dress is ready.
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Just as the reference for Francois Truffaut's "Tirez sur le Pianiste" is shown, a shot of Truffaut's grave is inserted. See more »

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References Shoot the Pianist (1960) See more »

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Les Enfants Perdus
Written by Jacques Veneruso
English words adapted by Angélique Kidjo
Performed by Angélique Kidjo
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When Good Directors Go Bad
9 April 2003 | by (Melbourne, San Francisco, New York) – See all my reviews

Case in point: Johnathan Demme

I watched "The Truth About Charlie," last night. This is a remake of "Charade," a perennial favorite among lovers of Hitchcock-style thrillers. Made in 1963, Charade is something of an artifact, as it seems to have been made on the cusp of two eras: Old Hollywood vs. New Hollywood. It stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, both in the later stages of their film careers. Yet its tone and humor predate a more modern and sophisticated sensibility. One that would become increasingly cynical over time.

In fact, I actually rented "The Truth About Charlie" DVD to re-watch "Charade," which I hadn't seen in many years. Apparently, some marketing wag came up with the bright idea to distribute "The Truth About Charlie" DVD with the complete version of "Charade" on the flip-side of the DVD. It worked for me. It would have never occurred to me to rent the DVD if it didn't afford me the opportunity to watch "Charade" again.

Unfortunately, I also decided to watch the remake. Which brings me to the crux of the matter. While I was watching this disjointed, disfigured, and disgusting resemblance to a movie, it occured to me that this thing had been directed by Johnathan Demme. The same Johnathan Demme who directed "Something Wild," "Married to the Mob," and "Silence of the Lambs." How was it possible that this formerly superb craftsman of edgy, intense, character-driven films could cobble together something so ungainly, unraveled, and unprofessional? The movie literally looked as if it had been shot by a rank amateur who knew nothing about the film production process. The film didn't make any sense. In simple terms, it was execrable.


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