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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$5,293,525 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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Trivia

There's a double-barreled New Wave homage in one scene, where the Widow Hippolyte character is seen loading a shop van with advertising on the side for "Les parapluies de Cousin Jacques," with a street address in Cherbourg. The shop information refers to director Jacques Demy, playing on the title of "Les parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg);" the actress loading the van is Agnès Varda, Demy's widow. See more »

Goofs

Regina and Joshua take a train from Paris' Gare du Nord station, bound for London's Waterloo station. The rail equipment used carries the blue and white TGV livery, the French high-speed line that runs domestically in several directions from Paris. However, only yellow Eurostar trains run from Gare du Nord through the Channel Tunnel to England. See more »

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Lewis Bartholomew: So, my long lost and non-existent kid brother, a.k.a Mr. Bartholomew.
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Lewis Bartholomew: Nice to meet you.
Joshua Peters: I've never seen a ghost before. Pleasure's all mine.
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Crazy Credits

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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Spoofs The Bride Wore Black (1968) See more »

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De Cara a la Pared
Written by Lhasa De Sala, Yves Desrosiers
Performed by Lhasa
Courtesy of Les Disques Audiogramme, Inc. and Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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 Netflix.com 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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