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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The agreement for the crew to film in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, France was that they must allow the local residents to be filmed as extras. Because of this, most of the citizens seen in the Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val shots are real citizens of the town. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot of the train crossing the viaduct, the coaches are BR Mk1 ones, which were not built until the 1950's yet the interior shots of the train show LNER on the antimacassar, which would be correct. 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

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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Blanchette is once more moving!
9 September 2007 | by AribelusaSee all my reviews

Serendipity! This relatively unknown movie -why?- is another compelling showcase of Blanchett's talent. She kept the storyline moving along and engages the audience with her wonderful camera presence. She is believable as our heroine because of her chemistry with both male interests, make resolve with her vulnerabilities, yet still able to be strong as a secret agent should and providing a motherly side, sheltering little ones from harsh truths in dangerous times.

France's beautiful & panoramic countryside was the backdrop during WW2. The clothing, locale and props of the period seem authentic. The actors delivered their parts very well, contributing credibility to the story's basis. Charlotte Gray conveys what people undergo and learn about the world and themselves in dreadfully gripping circumstances.

Realistic, moving, tear-dropping!


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