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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 25 October 2002 (USA)
A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.

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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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La verdad sobre Charlie  »

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

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$5,293,525 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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The movie contains numerous connections to French New Wave films. Reference is made to Shoot the Piano Player (1960) and its star, Charles Aznavour, has a singing role at the end of this movie. Anna Karina, featured in several Jean-Luc Godard films, has a bit part. 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: [talking about Regina] She's a real beauty, isn't she?
Joshua Peters: I suppose she is, yes.
Cmndt. Dominique: I always wonder, with a woman like that, what kind of guy actually gets to go to bed with her?
Joshua Peters: Well, in this case, a dead one, I guess.
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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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Written by Jean-Marc Miroglio
Performed by Jean-Marc Miro
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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All over the map -- it doesn't know what it wants to be
6 October 2002 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

At a recent Q & A session, director Jonathan Demme said he had a difficult time finding the right tone the film. Having seen the picture, I can tell you -- he still hasn't found it.

The movie, a remake of the 1963 Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn classic Charade, may take place mostly in Paris, but it's really all over the map. It doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a romance? Is it a thriller? For a time it tries to be all of the above -- and fails at each one.

Demme, speaking to an audience in Philadelphia following an advance screening, said the movie could have gone in vastly different directions in the editing room. For example, another version could have been much funnier. I don't doubt it. There are some good elements in place.

Mark Wahlberg, stepping into the Cary Grant role, is surprisingly debonair. This role officially puts him light-years away from his early '90s white-rapper persona. Don't get me wrong, he's still no Cary Grant -- but watching him in this film, you can easily see him as an American James Bond.

Following in Audrey Hepburn's heels is the to-die-for Thandie Newton. Combining beauty, sophistication, elegance and vulnerability, Newton more than succeeds in bringing a Hepburn-like quality to her character. She also gets boatloads more screen time than Wahlberg, which isn't a bad thing considering she's the best thing in the movie.

If only the story didn't fall apart in the second act, as all tension and suspense evaporates. Things come back together in the third act, but it's too late.

The movie also exceeds its quota of cliches. For instance, how many times have you seen foreigners in movies begin conversations in another language -- only to switch into perfect English after a couple of sentences? Well, in this movie, get ready to see it again... and again.

Then there's the car accident scene -- we hear squealing brakes and crunching metal off-screen, then Demme actually gives us a shot of a hub cap rolling across the street! The movie gives us no indication these bits are meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

There is one terrific foot chase that Demme admits is inspired by Run Lola Run. The scene has energy, suspense, humor and fun -- all things the rest of the movie tries, but fails to achieve.


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