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Charade (5-Dec-1963)

Director: Stanley Donen

Writers: Peter Stone; Marc Behm

Music: Henry Mancini

Producer: Stanley Donen

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Treasure Hunt

United Nations translator Reggie Lambert decides to divorce her husband Charles, but on her arrival in Paris she finds him murdered, and further, he wasn't who she thought he was. Several of Charles' comrades from his OSS days seem to think she knows where $250,000 in looted gold is hidden, obtained when her husband doublecrossed them. Effective romantic comedy thriller which plays out very Hitchcockian. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Coburn
31-Aug-1928 18-Nov-2002 Our Man Flint
Cary Grant
18-Jan-1904 29-Nov-1986 North by Northwest
Audrey Hepburn
4-May-1929 20-Jan-1993 My Fair Lady
George Kennedy
18-Feb-1925 28-Feb-2016 Airport, Naked Gun
Jacques Marin
9-Sep-1919 10-Jan-2001 Charade
Walter Matthau
1-Oct-1920 1-Jul-2000 Messy half of the Odd Couple


Cary Grant   ...   Peter Joshua, etc.
Audrey Hepburn   ...   Reggie Lampert
Walter Matthau   ...   Hamilton Bartholomew
James Coburn   ...   Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy   ...   Scobie
Dominique Minot   ...   Sylvie Gaudet
Ned Glass   ...   Leopold Gideon
Jacques Marin   ...   Insp. Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas   ...   Felix (stamp dealer)
Thomas Chelimsky   ...   Jean-Louis Gaudet


Review by Royal J Fuchs (posted on 1-Jan-2008)

Among the top 5 movies that I truly cherish. It has humor, charm, captivating dialog, and suspense. It is well paced and leaves viewers with a most satisfying experience. Henry Mancini's music also contributes significantly to making this film so memorable. "Charade" belongs in everyone's home film library. The recent remake, "The Trouble with Charlie" lacks the attributes of "Charade" noted above with perhaps the exception of suspense. However, to my mind it is worthy of only Two and one half stars.

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