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Champagne Charlie (1989)

This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends... See full summary »

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Allan Eastman

Writers:

Robert Geoffrion (screenplay), Joseph Henriot (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Charles Heidsieck
Megan Gallagher ... Pauline
Megan Follows ... Louise Heidsick
Stéphane Audran ... Thérèse
Georges Descrières ... Pierre-Henri
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Ernest
Alexandra Stewart ... Cécile
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Clément
Vladek Sheybal ... Count Plasky
R.H. Thomson ... Robert Morgan
Kenneth Welsh ... John Whistlow
August Schellenberg ... General Butler
Denis Forest ... Paul Lampin
Chas Lawther Chas Lawther ... David McLeod
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Tom McLeod (as Hagen Beggs)
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Storyline

This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends time in a Union prison. There are two parallel love stories (he is French) and some battles with his uncle for control of the family vineyard (because his father married his mother who the uncle also loved). Written by mark2-1

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Charlie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of mid-late 1980s period films featuring actor Hugh Grant. The movies include: Maurice (1987), The Dawning (1988), White Mischief (1987), La nuit Bengali (1988), Champagne Charlie (1989), Rowing with the Wind (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and The Lady and the Highwayman (1989). See more »

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A yawn biopic
21 December 2004 | by mark2-1See all my reviews

We bought this film as an inexpensive DVD here in Denmark mainly on the strength of Hugh Grant's name in the leading role.

When I looked here I saw, to my surprise, that no one has yet reviewed the film. Now that I have seen the film I know why.

This is an "Official" (that is what it says in the titles) Canadian-French co-production mini series in two parts. It is a biopic which tells the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He became known in America as Champagne Charlie. The film tells this story very slowly and in excruciating detail. Many of the actors are dubbed and/or are not very good actors or they are poorly directed by a director who has mainly some episodes of Star Trek and Stargate to his credit. Hugh Grant has a variety of accents during the film and a very narrow range of emotions to portray. He was apparently neither suited nor comfortable in this limited role. It is also a few years before Sense and Sensibility and Four Weddings and a Funeral, so he made up for this lapse with quite a vengeance later.

Alexandra Stewart, who has been in many a good film of directors like Truffaut, is seen hovering in the background in many scenes. I don't think she has a word of real dialog in the entire film. sic transit gloria mundi


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