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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Olga Sékulic ... Junior Military Officer

Stephen Dillane ... Charlie
Françoise Bertin ... Woman on Train

Thandie Newton ... Regina Lambert
Cassius Kumar Wilkinson ... Hercules

Sakina Jaffrey ... Sylvia

Mark Wahlberg ... Lewis Bartholamew

Christine Boisson ... Commandant Dominique

Simon Abkarian ... Lieutenant Dessalines
Christophe Salengro ... Morgue Attendant
Philippe Fretun ... Evidence Handler
Loeïza Jacq ... Evidence Handler

Joong-Hoon Park ... Il-Sang Lee

LisaGay Hamilton ... Lola Jansco

Ted Levine ... Emil Zadapec

Magali Noël ... Mysterious Woman in Black
Raphaelle Gallizzi ... Romantic Taxi Driver

Michel Crémadès ... Amiable Desk Clerk

Tim Robbins ... Carson J. Dyle

Agnès Varda ... The Widow Hyppolite
Denis Jousselin ... Hotel Barman

Charles Aznavour ... Himself - Charles Aznavour
Christian Wojtovicz ... Lonely Clown
Marine Danaux ... Hotel Langlois Chambermaid
Olivier Broche ... Aznavour Fan Desk Clerk
Wilfred Benaïche ... Toy Store Manager
Catherine Chevron ... Toy Store Salesgirl
Lionel Elie ... African Dignitary

Frédérique Meininger ... Madame du Lac
Tony Amoni ... Undercover ODC
Eric Aufèvre ... Undercover ODC
Hubert Ravel ... Undercover Cop
Pascal Parmentier ... Undercover Cop
Cheikna Sankare ... Undercover Cop
Mustapha Bensittu ... Undercover Cop
Chantal Banlier ... Undercover Cop
Patrice Keller ... Undercover Cop
Benjamin Euvrard ... Ticket Agent
Feniksi ... Saïan Supa Crew
Leeroy Kesiah ... Saïan Supa Crew
Sir Samuel ... Saïan Supa Crew
Sly The Mic Buddah ... Saïan Supa Crew
Specta ... Saïan Supa Crew
Vicelow ... Saïan Supa Crew
Jean-Marc Bihour ... Café Waiter
Philippe Duquesne ... Café Cook
Manno Charlemagne ... Chez Josephine Maitre D'

Anna Karina ... Actress
Philippe Katerine ... Karina Fan
Pierre Carré ... Bistro Singer
René Comte ... Shouting Waiter
Kate Castle ... Flea Market Bargain Hunter
Robert W. Castle ... Flea Market Bargain Hunter (as Robert Castle)
Kenneth Utt ... The Late Monsieur Hyppolite
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Dealer 'Prophète'
Georges Trillat ... Angry Man on Métro
Ramona Demme ... Young Girl with Pug
Paula Moore ... Ms. Hoskins
Natacha Atlas ... The Spirit (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emilie Caillon ... Charlie's Wife 4 (uncredited)
Céline Coudrey ... (uncredited)

Jade Phan-Gia ... Lovely's dentist patient (uncredited)
Andrea Schieffer ... Bavarian Wife (uncredited)

Eebra Tooré ... Man on Train (uncredited)
Ysé Tran ... The Bride (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Peter Stone (based on the motion picture "Charade" screenplay by)

Jonathan Demme (screenplay) &
Steve Schmidt (screenplay) and
Peter Stone (screenplay) (as Peter Joshua) and
Jessica Bendinger (screenplay)

Produced by
Neda Armian .... co-producer
Michel Cheyko .... co-producer (as Mishka Cheyko)
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Ilona Herzberg .... executive producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Edward Saxon .... producer
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Suzanne Spangler (co-editor)
Casting by
Françoise Combadière  (as Françoise Combadière Stern)
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Art Direction by
Bertrand Clercq-Roques  (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Delphine Mabed 
Ford Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Aline Bonetto 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Alain Bernard .... hair stylist
Jean-Pierre Caminade .... hair stylist
José-Luis Casas .... hair stylist: Ms. Newton (as José Lucas Casas)
Diane Duroc .... hair stylist
Carl Fullerton .... key makeup artist: New York
Dominique Galichet .... makeup artist
Christian Garcia .... hair stylist
Denis Gastou .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvie Greco .... makeup artist
Patrick Inzerillo .... hair stylist
Marie Lastennet .... makeup artist
Stéphane Malheu .... hair stylist
Mario Messere .... hair stylist
Jane Milon .... hair stylist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Donald Mowat .... makeup artist: Mr. Wahlberg (as Donald Mowatt)
Marie-Ange Ripka .... key hair stylist: New York
Jean-Christophe Roger .... makeup artist
Nathalie Tissier .... makeup designer
Production Management
Jean-Marc Abbou .... unit manager
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Pierre-Olivier Daudens .... assistant unit manager
Richard Guay .... post-production supervisor
Hussein Khedoo .... assistant unit manager
Emmanuel Libermann .... assistant unit manager
Denise Pinckley .... production manager: second unit, NYC
Nicolas Ploux .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Thaon .... production manager
Lisa Rodgers .... post production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Bafaloukos .... second unit director (as Theodoros Bafaloukos)
Martin Bourboulon .... first assistant director: second unit
David Campi-Lemaire .... key second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director (as Mishka Cheyko)
Yann Cuinet .... second second assistant director
Peter Kohn .... second unit director
Amy Lauritsen .... assistant director: New York
Marie Rolindes .... third assistant director
Marc-Antoine Trani .... third assistant director
Pablo Ferro .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Andre Antona .... carpenter
Daniel Bevan .... dressing prop
Daniel Borgnon .... carpenter
Julien Boulenouar .... rigger
Eric Bourges .... construction manager
Dièné Bérété .... assistant art director (as Diéné Berete)
Jérôme Canaple .... prop laborer
Thierry Champenois .... carpenter
Laurent Colet .... dressing prop
Francois-Pierre Deberre .... supervising painter
Christian Decaix .... supervising carpenter
Nicolas Decaux .... carpenter
Laurent Duquenne .... carpenter
Alain Guais .... dressing prop
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip
Adam Jones .... scenic shopman
Verena Khan .... assistant art director (as Verena Kahn)
Kevin Ladson .... property master: New York
Gwendal Le Goarnig .... supervising carpenter
Anne Le van ra .... art department coordinator
Olivier Marais .... dressing prop
Franz Merckling .... carpenter
Patrice Musson .... storyboard artist
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Ron Petagna .... stage carpenter
Ronnie Petagna .... carpenter
Romain Rosier .... prop laborer
Patrick Schmitt .... construction buyer
Jean Pierre Tonnelier .... carpenter
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
Elise Tulli .... assistant decorator
Marie-Laure Valla .... first assistant set decorator
Anne Ventura .... assistant art director
Philippe Vermeille .... supervising carpenter
Michel Vialla .... stand-by prop
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Alfonso Calvo .... sound dubbing mixer
Samuel Cohen .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Francis Dumaurier .... foley artist
Armel Durassier .... sound assistant
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Diana Flores .... adr mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Heather Gross .... first assistant sound editor
Fabien Kharat .... second boom
Fabien Kharat .... sound trainee
Michel Kharat .... sound engineer: France
Michel Kharat .... sound mixer
Christel Martin .... sound trainee
Cate Montana .... assistant sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Daniel Pagan .... assistant adr editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects supervisor
Gary Pieri .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts
Mamie McCall .... visual effects coordinator: Illusion Arts
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Mary Fallon .... stunt double: Lola
Dominique Fouassier .... stunts designed by
Patrick Koenig .... stunt double: Sang
Roland Neunreuther .... stunt double: Zadapec
René Carton .... stunt man (uncredited)
Mary Fallick .... stunt double: Lisa Gay Hamilton (uncredited)
Dominique Fouassier .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Romain Iannetta .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Abaza .... assistant camera
Jean-Christophe Allain .... video assist
Jérôme Bourquin .... electrician
Olivier Bouyssou .... best boy
Olivier Bouyssou .... key rigging
Marc Casi .... grip
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Mario d'Orio .... best boy grip
Benoît Daynes .... electrician
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Guillaume Dreujou .... second assistant camera
Vladimir Duranovic .... grip
David Frak-Lauer .... camera assistant
Vincent Gallot .... camera assistant
Vincent Gallot .... video specialist
Marcel Goderniaux .... electrician
Arnaud Lemorillon .... still photographer
Frédéric Loustalot .... electrician
Jean-Philippe Marier .... grip
Eric Monin .... electrician
Mikael Monod .... gaffer
Pierre Morel .... camera operator
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Steeven Petitteville .... assistant camera: pre-shooting
Yvan Quehec .... electrician
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Pete Romano .... underwater director of photography
Michel Sabourdy .... best boy electrician
Christophe Sournac .... electrician
Eric Thurot .... electrician
Eric Treml .... underwater camera assistant
Richard Weber .... electrician
Maxime Cointe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Marie-Laure Prost .... focus puller (uncredited)
Denoël Riche .... electrician (uncredited)
Pauline Teran .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Laguens .... extras casting
Emilie Maggiar .... extras casting
Capucine Oeuvrard .... casting coordinator
Capucine Oeuvrard .... extras casting
Vicky Wildman .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camille Janbon .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Glenn Cunningham .... first assistant editor: Paris
Pablo Ferro .... montage
Terel Gibson .... assistant editor
Sandro Lavezzi .... assistant editor
Beth Moran .... assistant editor
Tom Piken .... editorial assistant
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Curtis Schultz .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
David Arch .... conductor
David Carbonara .... music editor
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Chris Dibble .... scoring mixer
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Michael Kosarin .... conductor
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Sandra Park .... orchestra contractor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
Rachel Portman .... score producer
Michael Price .... additional music editor
Delphine Robertson .... associate music supervisor
David Snell .... conductor
Sally Swisher .... assistant music editor
Other crew
Marion Abadie .... assistant: Peter Saraf
Stephanie Ahn .... assistant to producers
Aude Boedec .... production coordinator
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Jeb Brody .... assistant to producers
David Brones .... production assistant
Jan Cosby .... first assistant accountant
Matt Dalton .... assistant production accountant
Laetitia Dom .... production secretary: France
Mary Donohue .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Sophie Drouin .... production accountant
Benjamin Euvrard .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Paul D. Fischer .... production associate: second unit
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Olivier Garabedian .... location unit manager
Angela Harmon .... assistant to producers
Bonnie Hlinomaz .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Olivier Lambert .... location manager
Marc Leroyer .... armorer
Delphine Mayele .... assistant: Ms. Newton
George A. Parker .... technical supervisor: preview
Krista Parris .... assistant to producers
Dominique Piat .... script supervisor
Emmanuel Rigaut .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Oona Seiler .... assistant to producers
Noah Suchoff .... office intern
Mary Tobler .... script editor
Eric Weinstein .... assistant: Mr. Wahlberg
Elizabeth Zagrany .... production accountant: second unit
Mark Chambers .... production safety (uncredited)
Joy Michelle Moore .... assistant to second unit director (uncredited)
Andrew Seklir .... assistant title designer (uncredited)
Paul Thomas Anderson .... very special thanks
Luc Besson .... very special thanks
Claudine Bouché .... very special thanks
Chris Brigham .... very special thanks
David Byrne .... very special thanks
Leslee Dart .... very special thanks
Ted Demme .... dedicatee
Stanley Donen .... very special thanks
Gary Goetzman .... very special thanks
Erika Greene .... very special thanks
Joanne Howard .... very special thanks
Anna Karina .... very special thanks
Ellen Kuras .... very special thanks
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam .... very special thanks
Marshall Lewis .... dedicatee
Madeleine Morgenstern .... very special thanks
Annie-B. Parson .... very special thanks
Nancy Savoca .... very special thanks
Jay Tobler .... very special thanks
Angie Utt .... very special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The part of Joshua Peters was originally intended for Will Smith, but due to extended production on Ali (2001) he was unable to meet start of filming on Charlie, so Demme had to move forward with Mark Wahlberg instead, losing the Thandie Newton/Will Smith "double-act" he had imagined watching the original movie Charade (1963).See more »
Continuity: After Regina is attacked by Zadapec in the elevator and Joshua pulls him off her, he tells her to take the elevator up and you see the elevator start going up. However, the next camera shot from her view is with the elevator going down.See more »
Joshua Peters:Reggie, I hate that you're caught up in this. But at the same time I'm glad, because it means we've met.See more »
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De Cara a la ParedSee more »


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86 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
An Insult to a Great Classic, 2 November 2002
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Mystery films come and go; a precious few stand the test of time. "Charade,' for my money the greatest whodunit ever made, is a masterpiece of tone, miraculously blending the disparate elements of suspense, humor and romance more successfully than any film I've ever seen. Enhanced by the dashing beauty and charisma of its two stars, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, the sophisticated wit of its ingenious script, the shimmering beauty of its on-location photography, and, of course, the classic strains of its Henry Mancini score, "Charade" is a movie that one can enjoy no matter how many times one has seen it.

I wonder how many people will be saying the same thing about `The Truth About Charlie' - Jonathan Demme's utterly pointless remake of this great film - four decades from now (the original title, `Charade,' is actually more appropriate because the story deals with lies, deception and falsehoods in general and not just in relation to that particular character). I have absolutely no idea how anyone unfamiliar with the original work will respond to this film. I can just say that, for diehard devotees of the 1963 Stanley Donen classic, `The Truth About Charlie' is a travesty on every level imaginable. (And, alas, that great Henry Mancini score is nowhere to be found on this version's soundtrack, the first of many strikes against this modern rehash).

Although this new version shares the basic plot premise of the original, it has completely eliminated most of the elements that made `Charade' such a world-class, timeless charmer. First of all, in what universe could Mark Wahlberg and Thandia Newton possibly be considered replacements for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, two of the greatest screen legends of all time? Yes, Ms. Newton has a certain attractiveness and appeal at times, but her one-note expression of pouting bemusement does grow tiresome after awhile. The real trouble, however, comes with Wahlberg, a fine actor who has turned in some impressive film performances in the past, but who is just plain disastrous in this part. His character is supposed to be a suave, debonair gentleman who attempts to win Reggie's confidence after her husband has been murdered for stealing $6 million and she becomes the hapless target of a band of hooligans who want their share and who believe she knows where it is. Wahlberg has never looked more uncomfortable or out of place than he does here, trying to appear `sincere' and `concerned, ' but coming across as merely epicene and amateurish. This is, in fact, the worst case of miscasting I have seen in a film in a long, long time. How can one have a remake of `Charade' - of all films! - with two stars who lack charisma and generate zero romantic chemistry when they're together on screen?

Even more detrimental, perhaps, is the fact that virtually all the wonderful humor from the original script has been excised, a strange turn of events indeed considering the fact that the original writer, Peter Stone, also had a hand in this venture (here he has assumed the pseudonym of `Peter Joshua,' one of the names ascribed to the Grant character in the earlier film, although the name, for no apparent reason, has been inverted for Wahlberg). The very few comic lines that have been retained are delivered so poorly by the actors that we wince every time we hear them.

So now we have a remake of `Charade' utterly devoid of humor and romance. What else could go wrong? Well, in the original, the secondary characters all stood out as finely drawn figures in their own right. The three men chasing Reggie for the money – James Coburn, Ned Glass and Arthur Kennedy – had each a retinue of fascinating personality quirks that helped distinguish one character from the other. In `Charlie,' the three `villains' not only comprise a blandly homogenous group, but they do not even remain consistent as characters. The most egregious example is Lola (Lisa Gay Hamilton) who spends the entire film bullying and threatening Regina, then inexplicably and in a matter of minutes, becomes some sort of heroine whom Regina comes to love and admire. It makes no sense at all. The concluding scene, in which the characters all meet up together to reveal their true identities and unravel the mystery, is so ham-handed in its execution that one wonders if the filmmakers ever even saw the flawlessly executed Donen original. It is the low point in a film made up of little else but low points. Demme has also injected an idiotic plot strand involving Reggie's husband's insane mother, but the less said about that the better. In fact, one suspects that the sole reason for this storyline is to allow the director to feature famed French director Agnes Varda in a cameo role. Indeed, `Charlie' is filled with all sorts of pointless homages to French culture in general and the French New Wave in particular, including a clip from Truffaut's `Shoot the Piano Player' and a truly bizarre cabaret scene with famed Jean Luc Godard actress Anna Karina belting out a song while the characters perform a surreal tango that throws us out of the film's world completely. In fact, Demme has tried to recreate much of the style of 60's cinema by employing a camera that rarely ever sits still and a razzle-dazzle editing technique that attempts to substitute style for substance. The effort is too self-consciously cutesy to be even slightly effective.

This does, however, bring us to the one undeniable element of value in `The Truth About Charlie': Tak Fujimoto's eye-popping cinematography, which does a superlative job bringing out the colorful richness of the Paris setting.

A word of praise to anything or anyone else involved in this production would, however, be excessive. Demme has taken a film that just about defines the word `style' and turned it into a hollow, soulless exercise utterly devoid of wit, suspense, romance and star charisma – all the elements in fact that made `Charade' such a golden, timeless treasure. Avoid the theaters and head to the nearest video store to pick up a copy of `Charade' - and see what a great film is really all about.

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