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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, a young Scottish woman, who has studied in France, is living in London during World War II. Within weeks she both 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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Taglines:

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 »

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Details

Country:

UK | Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe der Charlotte Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£450,229 (United Kingdom), 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,806, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$668,140, 17 February 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ecosse Films,FilmFour,Pod Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

At the beginning of the film Charlotte talks to Peter about the approach to go to France. In reality prospective SOE Agents would have been sworn to secrecy on the approach let alone talk about what it was about. 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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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

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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Catalogue of errors
13 April 2006 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film recently surfaced on Channel 4.I saw it when it came out and thought it awful then and my view has not changed.What grates with me is the fact that it trivialises the role that many brave women played in SOE.Cate Blanchett is approached on a train.Well that just would not have happened.She seems to have been sent to France without a defined role.One minute she is a courier then she is involved in the blowing up of the train.She is constantly asking people for their names,and then if that is not bad enough she tries to find out about her RAF boyfriend who is hiding in a French village.Then she becomes involved in trying to avoid the roundup of Jewish children.None of this is in any way true to life.Watch "Odette" or "Carve Her Name With Pride" to find a truer representation of SOE agents in France.


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