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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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Cast

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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It's a guessing game of mirth and mystery! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene in which Audrey Hepburn spills ice cream on Cary Grant's suit, she uses the term "assassination," and he uses the term "assassin." This film was in release shortly after the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, and Universal Pictures was so worried about audience reaction to this dialogue that they hurriedly re-dubbed the lines, using other terms, then sent out a revised reel to every theater in America showing this movie, telling them to substitute it for the old reel. Both old and revised reels may still be in circulation. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Stanley Donen: You Just Do It (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Charade
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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a perfect piece of classy and classic entertainment
30 December 1999 | by jmcodySee all my reviews

I'll be brief. This romantic comedy thriller hybrid is an absolute treat. Starring the classiest of actors in both Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and directed with continental style and flare by the incomparable Stanley Donen, this film is not to be missed. The photography (especially noticable in the new DVD version), Henry Macini's score, the taught and crisp script, the perfect supporting cast all add up to make a perfect piece of entertainment. I agree with many of the other IMDB writers- it is criminal that this film is not respected more. It is a blueprint of what makes a movie fun. A perfect 10 out of 10.


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Release Date:

5 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charade See more »

Filming Locations:

Seine River, Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,057
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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