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Charade (1963)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 5 December 1963 (USA)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Peter Stone (screenplay), Peter Stone (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Peter Joshua
Audrey Hepburn ... Regina Lampert
Walter Matthau ... Hamilton Bartholomew
James Coburn ... Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy ... Herman Scobie
Dominique Minot Dominique Minot ... Sylvie Gaudet
Ned Glass ... Leopold W. Gideon
Jacques Marin ... Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas ... Mr. Felix
Thomas Chelimsky Thomas Chelimsky ... Jean-Louis Gaudet
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Storyline

When Regina Lampert's husband, Charles, is found alongside a train, murdered. In no time she's left broke, homeless, and with the French police, the American government, and 3 rather insistent men all thinking she knows where the money they say Charles stole is located. Gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and debonair Cary Grant sparkle in the film, which has been called 'the best Hitchcock film he never made'. It's fun, suspenseful, and stylish. Fall in love with Paris and a wonderful cast in this deservedly well-loved Stanley Donen film. Written by Huggo

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Trivia

Cary Grant was widely felt to be too old to play the romantic lead in this film. See more »

Goofs

How do Hepburn,Grant and Matthau get into the theatre so easily when all theatre exit doors are padlocked from the inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jean-Louis Gaudet: Oh, la!
Reggie Lampert: Don't tell me, you didn't know it was loaded. Sylvie! Oh. Can't he do something constructive, like start an avalanche or something?
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Alternate Versions

When first released, Hepburn's line "at any moment we could be assassinated" was dubbed over to become "at any moment we could be eliminated" due to the Kennedy assassination. Subsequent releases have "assassinated" restored to its place in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2001) See more »

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Charade
Lyric: Johnny Mercer,
Music: Henry Mancini
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Still Going Strong Past 50!
28 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I have found many films just aren't as good as I remember seeing as a kid. A wide-eyed youngster gaping at a big silver screen at the theater can be more memorable than a middle-aged guy seeing that film decades later on a small television.

However, here is one film that is EVEN BETTER than I remembered it. Yeah, it's a little dated here and there, but not much, just mainly Audrey Hepburn's dialog. However, the story with all its twists is just as suspenseful and fun to watch as it was over 50 years ago. I've seen this three times in the last two years, after that long, long absence. (Tip: spend the extra money to get the Criterion DVD disc. It is the only clear, sharp copy of this film I have seen.)

The story's strength lies in getting the viewer involved. One never knows whether Gary Grant is a good guy or a bad guy. The dialog between Grant and Hepburn is very entertaining as the latter tries to figure out the same thing. There are lots of good lines, particularly by Grant. That in itself makes this film fun to watch multiple times. The pacing of this story also is good; the film moves fast and spaces the action out smartly.

This has to be one of the best movies ever to come out of the 1960s. I have never known anyone who didn't like this film.


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Country:

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Release Date:

5 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seine River, Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,057
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Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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