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Charade

  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Stanley Donen
  • 108 mins
  • PG

Summary

Romantic comedy thriller starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau. The body of a man hurtles from the carriage of a train speeding across the French countryside, and for Regina Lampert life becomes bewildering. It also becomes sinister when she returns to Paris to find her flat stripped bare. Who is telling the truth, and whom can she trust?

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter JoshuaCary Grant
Regina "Reggie" LampertAudrey Hepburn
Hamilton BartholomewWalter Matthau
Tex PanthollowJames Coburn
Herman ScobieGeorge Kennedy
Leopold GideonNed Glass
Inspector Edouard GrandpierreJacques Marin
FelixPaul Bonifas
Sylvie GaudetDominique Minot
Jean-Louis GaudetThomas Chelimsky

Crew

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DirectorStanley Donen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Monarch Film Corp Ltd
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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