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Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

Gillian Armstrong (2001)

116min
15 Certificate
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In this adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's bestselling novel, Cate Blanchett stars as the eponymous wartime agent, a Scotswoman who parachutes into occupied France in pursuit of her missing lover, pilot Rupert Penry-Jones. On the ground she meets up with attractive Resistance contact Billy Crudup and joins his unit on dangerous sabotage missions. The problem with this rather unconvincing portrait of wartime derring-do is that Blanchett appears to be merely along for the ride rather than an active, or even qualified, participant. The emphasis here is on romance - Gray's RAF lover, her growing attraction to Crudup - and it doesn't sit well beside her supposed status as a plucky undercover agent or justify her presence in such perilous territory. Blanchett is as classy and determined as ever, but her committed performance is let down by the unlikely story.

Summary

An unassuming woman agrees to spy for the British during the Second World War and infiltrates occupied France, while embarking on a quest to locate her pilot lover, who has been shot down. Drama adapted from Sebastian Faulks' novel, starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Rupert Penry-Jones and Michael Gambon.

Cast & Crew

Charlotte Gray Cate Blanchett
Julien Levade Billy Crudup
Levade Michael Gambon
Peter Gregory Rupert Penry-Jones
Renech Anton Lesser
Richard Cannerley James Fleet
Mirabel Ron Cook
Pichon Jack Shepherd
Mr Jackson Nicholas Farrell
Director Gillian Armstrong
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Film Four Guidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 22 Feb 2002

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