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Charlotte Gray (2001)

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A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writers:

Sebastian Faulks (novel), Jeremy Brock (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Charlotte Gray
James Fleet ... Richard Cannerly
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Daisy
Charlotte McDougall Charlotte McDougall ... Sally
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Peter Gregory (as Rupert Penry Jones)
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Borowski
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Business Man at Party
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ... Business Man at Party
Hugh Ross ... Psychiatrist
Martin Oldfield Martin Oldfield ... Assault Course Instructor
Nicholas Farrell ... Mr. Jackson
Mike Burnside Mike Burnside ... Morse Code Instructor
Damian Myerscough Damian Myerscough ... Gun Instructor
Miranda Bell Miranda Bell ... Female Instructor
Angus Wright ... Agent
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Storyline

Charlotte (Cate Blanchett), a young Scottish woman, who has studied in France, is living in London during World War II. Within a few weeks she falls in love with a young pilot and is recruited by the Secret Service to act as a courier for the French Resistance. However, her mission behind enemy lines becomes a personal mission to find her lover who has been shot down. Assigned to a Communist Resistance group, she encounters acts of betrayal from sometimes unexpected sources, but meets the violence of war and her own disappointment with hope. Written by <johnno.r@xtra.co.nz>

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The story of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some war related violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlotte Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,271, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$741,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,323,109
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The schoolteacher played by Anton Lesser was called "Benech" in the novel, but the small French town in which much of the movie was based had a popular Mayor whose name was similar, so officials asked that the name be changed. He's called "Renech" in the final version. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot, a train carrying Charlotte to London is shown crossing a viaduct in the Scottish Highlands. The viaduct in question is the Glenfinnan viaduct, and in the distance you can see the Glenfinnan Monument to Bonny Prince Charlie. The train is clearly traveling North, away from London. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlotte Gray: [narration] It all seemed so simple. We were at war. The Nazis were the enemy. And because good must triumph over evil, so we would triumph over them. How could we have know that war ever trades in such certainty? That we are nothing is unthinkable. Anything could be true. Even a lie.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Black Eyed Susan Brown
Master performed by Phil Harris and his orchestra featuring The Three Ambassadors
By courtesy Hindsight Records
Written by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart
Published by Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co Ltd
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Nice film, shame about the inaccurate comments
9 August 2004 | by paul-freegard1See all my reviews

My wife and I watched this film last night. We both enjoyed it very much. However, I was disappointed to see such a low rating on this website. I think the film is worthy of at least a 7.

I think that several people are missing the point about language. Charlotte did not speak English when she landed; she spoke French. All you have to do is use your imagination. The director obviously chose to use English to avoid having to use subtitles. Besides, acting must be hard enough without having to speak your lines in a foreign language.

Miss Blanchett is high on my list of favourite actors. I thought she played her part exceptionally well. I challenge anyone to say that they were not moved by her displays of emotion. If anyone can recommend any of her other films, I would be grateful.


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