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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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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La verdad sobre Charlie  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$34,676 (South Africa) (29 August 2003)

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When Regina is in the elevator after "Joshua" saves her, he sends her up in the elevator, but when we see Joshua scuffling with the attacker from Regina's point of view, the lift is going down, we know this because we see his shoes disappear from the top of the screen, if she was going up, we would see his head or shoes disappear from the bottom of the screen. See more »


Lewis Bartholomew: We want that money back, Mrs. Lambert.
Regina Lambert: I don't have it.
Lewis Bartholomew: Oh yes, you do. You have it. You just don't know you've got it.
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"If it ain't broke..."
2 April 2003 | by (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.) – See all my reviews

OK, so I didn't waste eight bucks at the box office, nor did I spend four bucks at Blockbuster; luckily, I had credit at so I didn't spend a dime to see this latest of Hollywood remakes. Apparently very few screenwriters can come up with original ideas, so we wind up with a new version of an old favorite month after month. I hope that Mr. Demme is out of rehab by now, because he must've been on some kind of delusional trip when he got the idea to remake a classic. I've read all the reviews posted here at IMDB, and for the life of me I cannot see the rants and raves for Thandie Newton. Poor child, why didn't her mother tell her NOT to attempt to recreate an Audrey Hepburn role? She has about as much cinematic charisma as a pile of sawdust. Early in the movie when she's standing between the French Commandant and the Lieutenant, Ms. Newton completely disappears. I was watching the Lt. more than the star of the picture. Seeing the extras on the DVD, Mr. Demme proclaimed he was looking for the right vehicle for Ms. Newton's talent (or did he have more prurient interests in her off camera?). The worst scene was the gunpoint standoff which I found myself looking at my watch, wondering how long could this go on? I've always been a huge fan of Tim Robbins, but what in heaven's name, was the accent he was trying to use? I can't blame Mark Wahlberg, he chomped at the bit to play a romantic lead. Damn! Had he never seen the original film and realized whom he would be compared to? This was truly sad. There's no reason to continue tearing this piece of schlock frame by frame, but the closing credits??? Mr. Demme chose to dedicate this to his late brother...who's surely rolling over in his grave from this. Ms. Portman's music even had to use the Mancini theme to compensate for her lack of originality. Then, I wouldn't have believed this if I hadn't seen it...someone at Universal Pictures had the gall to put the original "Charade" on the flip side of the "Charlie" DVD. Stupidity? Insanity? Audacity? There is NO word for it! God! What a mess!!!

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