Charade

Charade

Stanley Donen (1963)

108min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This absolutely wonderful comedy thriller from Stanley Donen (co-director, with Gene Kelly, of On the Town and Singin' in the Rain) nearly out-Hitchcocks Hitchcock. With a twist so clever you'll never guess, and a dream pairing of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn on ravishing Parisian locations, what more could you possibly want in the way of movie entertainment? There's a clever plot (by Peter Stone) that never lets up, a marvellous romantic score (by Henry Mancini), star-making turns from Walter Matthau and James Coburn, and some magnificent set pieces: Grant taking a shower fully-clothed; Hepburn and Grant falling in love on a Paris river boat; and a fight with a one-handed villain in a roof-top cliffhanger. This terrific movie's got the lot. Jonathan Demme directed a disastrous remake in 2002, with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton in the lead roles.

Summary

A distraught widow learns her husband was murdered for his part in a $250,000 robbery. The haul has gone missing, and his former accomplices are soon on her tail in the hunt for the missing proceeds. Not knowing where to turn, she takes up the offer of help from a dashing stranger, but is uncertain whether she can trust him. Romantic thriller, with Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau and James Coburn.

Cast & Crew

Reggie Lampert Audrey Hepburn
Peter Joshua Cary Grant
Hamilton Bartholomew Walter Matthau
Tex Panthollow James Coburn
Herman Scobie George Kennedy
Leopold Gideon Ned Glass
Jean-Louis Gaudet Thomas Chelimsky
Insp Edouard Grandpierre Jacques Marin
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Monarch Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama