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is a 1963 film written
by Peter Stone
and Marc Behm, directed
by Stanley Donen
, and starring Cary Grant
and Audrey Hepburn
. It also stars Walter Matthau
, James Coburn
, George Kennedy
, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Marin
. It spans several genres including suspense thriller
, romance, and comedy.
The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee
between Grant and Hepburn, for its location filming in Paris
, for Henry Mancini
's score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder
Regina 'Reggie' Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) meets a charming stranger calling himself Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on a skiing holiday in Megeve
. She then returns to Paris, planning to ask her husband Charles for a divorce, but finds their flat empty and all their possessions sold. The police then notify her that her husband has been found murdered, thrown from a train.
She is also summoned to the US Embassy, where she meets CIA agent Hamilton Bartholemew (Walter Matthau). He informs her that Charles was involved in the theft of a payroll during World War II
, along with 'Tex' Panthollow (James Coburn), Herman Scobie (George Kennedy), Leopold Gideon (Ned Glass) and Carson Dyle. Dyle was badly wounded and left behind to die, but the rest got away. Charles then doublecrossed the others and kept all of the loot for himself. Now the US government wants it back.
Reggie runs into Peter again; he offers to help her figure out what to do. She becomes attracted to him, even though he keeps changing his name periodically (simultaneously amusing and confusing her) and unabashedly admits he's after her late husband's money as well. The dead man's partners in crime show up for his funeral and, assuming Reggie knows where the money is hidden, demand their share. Unbeknownst to her, Peter is in league with them, though none of them trust each other.
The searchers begin turning up dead, first Herman, then Leopold. Reggie and Peter go to the location of Charles' last appointment and find an outdoor market. They also spot Tex there. Reggie and Peter split up, with Peter following Tex.
It is Tex who finally figures out where the money is hidden, when he sees a shop selling stamps; Charles had purchased rare stamps and stuck them on an envelope in plain sight. Peter realizes the same thing shortly afterwards and races Tex back to Reggie's hotel room, where Charles' possessions are kept. However, they come up empty. The letter has the stamps cut off.
Reggie had given the stamps to her friend's son. She runs into them at the market, only to learn that the little boy had traded the stamps away. Fortunately, the stamp seller is satisfied with having owned them, if only briefly, and gives them back to Reggie.
She returns to the hotel and finds Tex's bound body. Before he died, he was able to spell out the name of his killer: Dyle. One of the identities that Peter had assumed was Alexander Dyle, Carson's brother. Frightened, she telephones Bartholemew, who arranges to meet her. When she leaves the hotel, Peter spots her and gives chase.thumb|250px|Reggie hiding from the unmasked Carson Dyle.
Peter tracks her down to the rendezvous and Reggie is caught out in the open between the two men. Peter tells her that the man she thought was Bartholemew is really Carson Dyle and that he was the one who killed the others. Another chase ensues, ending with Dyle's death from a fall.
Reggie insists on turning the stamps over to the proper authorities, much to Peter's disgust. He refuses to accompany her inside the embassy, but when she goes to see the appropriate bureaucrat, Brian Crookshank, she is shocked to find Peter sitting behind the desk. After convincing her that he is actually a government official (by buzzing his secretary), he dispels her irritation at being deceived by promising to marry her...after she gives him the stamps. The movie ends with by a montage
of all his different identities, with Reggie hoping that they have lots of boys, so she can name them all after him.
Productionright|thumb|250px|Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
The movie was said to be an attempt by the studio to unite the popular stars Hepburn and Grant onscreen. Grant had previously been offered a role opposite Hepburn in Roman Holiday
, but had turned it down because he felt he was too old to play her love interest. The role eventually went to Gregory Peck
, but is often said to have been tailor-made for Grant finally agreed to play Hepburn's lover in Charade
, but in order to play down the 25-year age difference between them, he insisted that Hepburn's character be made the aggressor in the relationship.thumb|Cary Grant
and Audrey Hepburn in Charade
circa 1963">[Universal Pictures Publicity Shot of Cary Grant
and Audrey Hepburn in Charade
The screenwriter, Peter Stone, and the director, Stanley Donen, have an unusual joint cameo role
in the film. When Reggie goes to the U.S. Embassy
to meet with Bartholomew, two men get on the elevator as she gets off. The man who says, "I bluffed the Old Man out of the last pot - with a pair of deuces" is Stone, but the voice is Donen's. Stone's voice is later used for the U.S. Marine who is guarding the Embassy at the end of the film.
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn were nominated for Golden Globe
s for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy and Best Motion Picture Actress in Musical/Comedy. Screenwriter Stone received a 1964 Edgar Award
from the Mystery Writers of America
for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
According to the http://www.archive.org/details/charade Archive.org
website and other sources, Charade
is now in the public domain
due to a legal irregularity: no claim of copyright
was put into the original prints, even though that copyright notices were mandatory in the US prior to 1989. This error did not become a serious problem until the introduction of VCR
equipment, which meant that companies could produce retail copies without the need to pay licence fees. As a result, there are many editions of Charade
on VHS and DVD, of widely varying sound and picture quality. The restored Criterion
DVD edition sells, on average, for ten times the cost of most DVD releases of the film. The film was included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of its remake, The Truth About Charlie
The movie was remade in 2002
as The Truth About Charlie
starring Thandie Newton
and Mark Wahlberg
, and directed by Jonathan Demme
and David Strathairn
are slated to star in a 2007
*When Peter and Reggie first arrive at the hotel room where she is staying, she asks where they are, to which Peter replies "On the street where you live," the name of a song in the musical My Fair Lady
. Hepburn would play the leading role of Eliza Doolittle in the film version the following year.
*Grant's character tells Reggie his name is (at various times):
**Alexander Dyle, Carson's non-existent brother
**Brian Crookshank, his "real" name
's theme tune for the film was borrowed uncredited as the title-song for the 1965 Bollywood
murder mystery Gumnaam
*http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=57&eid=72§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by Bruce Eder
*http://www.archive.org/details/charade Legal download (Out Of Service as of Nov. 16 2006; check back later)
at the Internet Archive
*http://www.thevoiceofreason.com/2005/Serial/Charade/index.html Charade as a 21 episode serial - Free to watch and download (Windows format)
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Category:1960s Romantic comedy films
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Category:Films directed by Stanley Donen
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