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Charade (1963)

Not Rated | | 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?

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Complete credited cast:
... Peter Joshua
... Regina Lampert
... Hamilton Bartholomew
... Tex Panthollow
... Herman Scobie
Dominique Minot ... Sylvie Gaudet
... Leopold W. Gideon
... Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas ... Mr. Felix
Thomas Chelimsky ... Jean-Louis Gaudet
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Regina Lampert, a Paris based American, has decided to divorce her Swiss husband, Charles Lampert, because of the secrets and lies that have pervaded their marriage, she coming to the conclusion that she no longer loves him and really knows nothing about him. Before she can make that request to Charles, he is found dead, seemingly pushed off a Paris to Bordeaux train. While Regina was on holiday in Megève, Charles sold all their possessions making $250,000 in the process, and seemed to be on his way to the coast to leave the country for South America probably for good. The money, however, was not among his possessions on the train, those possessions which are returned to Regina. Regina further learns from Hamilton Bartholomew of the CIA that they were after him, Charles Lampert only the primary alias he has been using of late. During WWII, Charles, a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), absconded with $250,000 worth of their gold bars that were destined for the French ... Written by Huggo

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


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5 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Šarada  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,474,588
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1.85 : 1
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Thomas Chelimsky was dubbed by a French woman. See more »

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After her interview with the police, Regina Lampert is back in her empty flat. She is standing by a fireplace, smoking a cigarette. She drops the cigarette and steps on it, stepping forward into shadow. Peter Joshua comes in and says a few words, and when she walks out of the room with him she's still smoking her cigarette. See more »

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[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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Charade
Lyric: Johnny Mercer,
Music: Henry Mancini
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It doesn't get any better than this...elegant Grant and Hepburn...
9 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

If you're in the mood for a clever mixture of suspense, romance, humor and some fantastic location shots, treat yourself to CHARADE. Audrey Hepburn was never more appealing than she is here--badly in need of help to discover the whereabouts of the hidden money her late husband's enemies want to find. With her life hanging in the balance, she enlists the aid of Cary Grant--but since all is not what it seems, you're in for some surprising plot twists along a very merry ride.

Just relax and let Cary and Audrey do all the work--with the help of a great supporting cast including Walter Matthau, superb in a surprising supporting role. Stanley Donen keeps it all moving at a brisk pace and Henry Mancini's music is a sheer delight.

Highly recommended as an expert, elegant mixture of humor and suspense, even if it does seem to imitate the Hitchcock way of filmmaking.


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