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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 25 October 2002 (USA)
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A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Peter Stone (based on the motion picture "Charade" screenplay by), Jonathan Demme (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olga Sékulic Olga Sékulic ... Junior Military Officer
Stephen Dillane ... Charlie
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... Woman on Train
Thandie Newton ... Regina Lambert
Cassius Kumar Wilkinson Cassius Kumar Wilkinson ... Hercules
Sakina Jaffrey ... Sylvia
Mark Wahlberg ... Lewis Bartholamew
Christine Boisson ... Commandant Dominique
Simon Abkarian ... Lieutenant Dessalines
Christophe Salengro Christophe Salengro ... Morgue Attendant
Philippe Fretun Philippe Fretun ... Evidence Handler
Loeïza Jacq Loeïza Jacq ... Evidence Handler
Joong-Hoon Park ... Il-Sang Lee
LisaGay Hamilton ... Lola Jansco
Ted Levine ... Emil Zadapec
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Storyline

A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his, and he wants it back, seemingly convinced that she's hiding the cash. Meanwhile, more people end up dead... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad sobre Charlie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,290, 27 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,350,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,093,284
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie contains numerous connections to French New Wave films. Reference is made to Shoot the Piano Player (1960) and its star, Charles Aznavour, has a singing role at the end of this movie. Anna Karina, featured in several Jean-Luc Godard films, has a bit part. See more »

Goofs

Regina and Joshua take a train from Paris' Gare du Nord station, bound for London's Waterloo station. The rail equipment used carries the blue and white TGV livery, the French high-speed line that runs domestically in several directions from Paris. However, only yellow Eurostar trains run from Gare du Nord through the Channel Tunnel to England. See more »

Quotes

Regina Lambert: You're a good listener
Joshua Peters: No. You're a good talker.
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Crazy Credits

Just as the reference for Francois Truffaut's "Tirez sur le Pianiste" is shown, a shot of Truffaut's grave is inserted. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release in includes several deleted scenes totaling to about eleven minutes. Among them are more of the visit with the Commandant, Regina mistaking a flirtatious man for Joshua, the opening of the mysterious package, and a flashback when Il-Sang, Emil, and Lola are in the army and Emil is playing bluegrass on his guitar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

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A terrible remake of a great classic
18 December 2006 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'The Truth About Charlie' is not worthy to be a remake of the great 'Charade'. To be honest, I don't even get why they had to remake that film since it still works today, both as a Hitchcockian thriller and as comedy. But they did remake it, and where the original film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, two of the greatest stars in the movies, this film gives us Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton. Personally I like Wahlberg, especially in 'Boogie Nights', 'Three Kings' and later film 'The Departed', but apparently this role was for Grant only; Wahlberg does not pull it off. For me personally Newton ruined the film. I never understood whether this film contained the comedic elements as they were in 'Charade' or not, but whatever it was, it felt weird and out of place. Mainly, Newton's performance was the cause of this.

The second distraction comes from Paris as the setting. Director Jonathan Demme, who has lost most of his 'The Silence of the Lambs'-touch, is too much in love with it. By now the world has seen the Eiffel Tower, and for that matter has heard Charles Aznavour (who appears from time to time), and the film does not realize this. If the story is only a backdrop for a place and an atmosphere, at least show us elements of both things we are not acquainted with. The story, by the way, deals with Newton as Regina Lambert who finds out Charlie, her husband for three months, now dead, used to lead more than one life. Apparently he had six million dollars in diamonds and now the French police, a couple of former soldiers who fought with Charlie, and a character played by Tim Robbins are after it. Mark Wahlberg's character named Joshua Peters pops up everywhere Newton seems to need him, meaning his role will stay vague as long as the film wants it to be.

When the closing scenes finally arrived I did not care anymore. Who was who and why and for what reason; it didn't matter to me, I was just glad the film was over. The final scenes were supposed to have some suspense in it, but even that was spoiled by annoying close-ups and many cuts. I have seen quite some bad films over the years but this time I was really amazed with such good material wasted in such a complete way.


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