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Audrey Hepburn plays a Parisienne whose husband is murdered and who finds she is being followed by four men seeking the fortune her late spouse had hidden away. Cary Grant is the stranger who comes to her aid, but his real motives aren't entirely clear--could he even be the killer? The 1963 film is directed by Stanley Donen, but it has been called "Hitchcockian" for good reason: the possible duplicities between lovers, the unspoken agendas between a man and woman sharing secrets. Charade is nowhere as significant as a Hitchcock film, but suspense-wise it holds its own; and Donen's glossy production lends itself to the welcome experience of stargazing. One wants Cary Grant to be Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn to be no one but Audrey Hepburn in a Hollywood product such as this, and they certainly don't let us down. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cinema fans can spend no two better hours than listening to the DVD commentary track in which director Stanley Donen and writer Peter Stone reminisce some three decades after they made their 1963 comic thriller. Good friends since they made the film, Donen and Stone play off each other's memories about the production (which often conflict), spin marvelous stories about the stars, and display a whimsical sense of humor. As Criterion editions go, this one is a bit sparse on the extras, but it delivers the best transfer--by far--of the film. Due to a period when the film was part of the public domain, several inferior editions were made. This is the one to buy; the extra cost is worth it. --Doug Thomas
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Charade will keep you glued to the screen until the end... and at no point in the movie are you ever thinking about what you are going to do tomorrow, or what is happening. It's right there in front of you. 'Charade' made me look at Audrey as not just a style icon, but a talented actress. Not like a cut-out doll that most of the actresses of her time were like. (Excluding some) I mean, the plot is so rich and entertaining- you just can't go wrong with this movie!
The quality of this particular DVD is pretty bad, so I recommend 'Cary Grant Double Feature'. It has 'Charade' and 'Amazing Adventure'. You get 2 in 1 and the quality is WAY better.
If you've seen this movie before, you'll enjoy a replay. If this is your first time, you'll in for a real treat, a delightful way to spend an evening.
With that kind of formula, it's not surprising that "Charade" deserves every shred of praise it receives -- and over the years, this classic has received a lot. Director Stanlet Donen had his finest moment when he created this funny, witty, tightly-plotted little thriller, where you're left with questions right up to the final scene.
While on vacation at a ski lodge, Regina Lampert (Hepburn) decides to get a divorce. But when she returns home, she finds that her husband has been tossed off a train -- and even stranger, she finds that he was mixed up in a gold robbery many years ago. To get her mind off her problems, Reggie goes out on the town with Peter Joshua (Grant), a guy she met at the resort.
But during her outing, she's cornered by three strange, creepy men -- and the worst part is, she finds that Joshua may be in on their plot. Unsure whom to trust, Reggie starts digging to find out where the gold is -- and then her pursuers are murdered one by one. Will she be the next target?
It's a sharp, taut little thriller, reminiscent of the more commercial thrillers by Hitchcock, though set in a chic 1960s Paris setting, and with a New Wave edge. Stanlet Donen did mostly comedies in his career, which makes the tight plot and wry wit of this movie stand out even more.
The movie moving along at a fairly steady pace, with one or two dead spots, but mostly just following the twisted plot threads. There are some really harrowing moments, like Regina being attacked by the Hook-man. By the tense finale, a lot of the odd little clues suddenly fall into place, especially the murder of the three thugs.Read more ›
An absolute delight. The funeral scene is one of the funniest on record, with one of Charles' wartime "buddies" sticking a pin into him to make sure he's dead. Both Grant and Hepburn excel in their roles, as does James Coburn as Tex Panthollow (I love that name), one of the wartime "buddies".
Let's face it, this movie is based on a flawed premise. The items into which Charles converted his wealth would suffer greatly in value if treated in the way indicated in the film, and I refuse to believe that their very unusual nature could be overlooked by the police (even the French police) and by everyone else who sees them.
But if you're prepared to overlook that, it is a delightful movie.
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Everybody knows the movie itself, so I will comment on this Blu-Ray edition. I did see "Charade" a few times, and this is the best possible restauration I have seen so far... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Norrin Radd
Excellent movie, I enjoyed the love story as well as the excellent performances of all the cast.Published 16 months ago by M. A. Dean
Wonderful!!! One of my favourites of all my movies. A great team, and they seem to enjoy every moment together on screen. Loved it.Published 17 months ago by Dolly Dimples 5
This is always my go-to purchase when I need to think of something to buy the wife when I'm ordering a lot for myself from Amazon. this did not disappoint. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Benesh
It has been said that Charade was the best Hitchcock-type film that Hotchcock had nothing to do with and it's true. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2013 by Thomas Ward
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