Charade

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Run time: 113 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 5th December 1963

Box Office Worldwide: $13.5M

Budget: $4M

Distributed by: Madacy Entertainment

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Stanley Donen Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 33 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

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Starring: Cary Grant as Peter Joshua, Audrey Hepburn as Regina Lampert, Walter Matthau as Hamilton Bartholemew, James Coburn as Tex Panthollow, George Kennedy as Herman Scobie, Dominique Minot as Sylvie Gaudel, Ned Glass as Leopold Gideon, Jacques Marin as Insp. Edouard Grandpierre, Paul Bonifas as Mr. Felix, Thomas Chelimsky as Jean-Louis Gaudel

Charade Movie Review


I don't understand why directors decide to remake perfectly good movies. This thought races through my head because I recently saw Charade, the 1963 Stanley Donen gem featuring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and an endless amount of thrills, chills, and sweet goofiness. It's an unabashed delight, featuring two screen legends whose charisma is unmatched whether they're fleeing from danger or feeling each other out.

Jonathan Demme remade Charade in 2002 as The Truth About Charlie, starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton. I haven't seen Charlie and though I've enjoyed Demme's past work, I'm in no rush to see it. The casting confuses the hell out of me. Wahlberg either gives you befuddled naivety, which he's now too old for, or reserved cool, which comes across as sheer boredom. Just check out The Italian Job. And when did Thandie Newton become the heir to Audrey Hepburn? Was I out sick that day?

Watch Charade and you'll understand where my anger comes from. Regina (Hepburn) is living the high life in Paris, but everything crashes when her husband, Charles, is murdered. It turns out that this man of mystery made quite a few enemies along the way, namely a group of former WWII army buddies (which include old pros George Kennedy and James Coburn) who believe Regina now has the money that her husband supposedly stole years ago. Regina is stupefied.

Grant, whose character's name changes throughout the movie, rushes to Regina's aid, though they know each other on only the flimsiest of terms. With no other allies and fear surrounding her, Regina turns to this other mystery man for help. Soon, she's alternately doubting and falling in love with him as their pursuers -- one by one -- turn up dead.

What's so neat about Charade is its unconventionality. Neither relentlessly dark nor smothered in hipster irony, like so many of today's action/suspense movies, Donen masterly weaves romance and scares to create an original and entertaining treat. The combination of two distinct, different elements never feels forced. Credit must be given to the two stars, who roll with the material, their charm and bravado in tact.

Now out on Criterion DVD, Charade shows off its strengths with a crisp transfer, plus a commentary track from Donen and writer Peter Stone. Other minor extras round out an exceptional disc.


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