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Charade (1963)



Critic Consensus: A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn's sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.

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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband's funeral begin to harass her, Reggie goes to Joshua for help, at which time Joshua confesses that his name is actually Alexander Dyle, the brother of a fourth accomplice in the gold theft. The three men from the funeral are revealed to be the three other accomplices in the crime, and though she knows next to nothing of the heist, Reggie is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadowy trio, all after the money. Apparently, the only person she can trust is Joshua/Dyle -- until Bartholomew tells Reggie that the fourth accomplice had no brother, and Joshua/Dyle reveals that he is, in fact, a crook named Adam Canfield. Now Reggie doesn't know where to turn. The musical score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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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
Ned Glass
as Leopold Gideon
Jacques Marin
as Inspector Edouard Grandpierre
Dominique Minot
as Sylvie Gaudet
Thomas Chelimsky
as Jean-Louis Gaudet
Stanley Donen
as Man in Elevator
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Critic Reviews for Charade

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9)

Directed with an arched eyebrow by Stanley Donen, the film was released just weeks after John F Kennedy's assassination, giving shellshocked Americans a welcome bite of Hollywood candyfloss.

April 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Few thrillers create as much sheer joy and happiness as Charade, in which Cary Grant spoofs his Alfred Hitchcock persona, Audrey Hepburn exudes her usual magnetic charm, and Paris is as scenic as ever.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

If you haven't seen Charade, you really need to.

March 17, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What's going on is sort of confused.

February 4, 2009 | Full Review…

A terrifically entertaining comedy-thriller.

February 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Firsttime teaming of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a natural, gives the sophisticated romantic caper an international appeal, plus the selling points of adventure, suspense and suberb comedy.

December 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Charade

Audrey Hepburn's in Paris and in some trouble. Her husband has been killed and these gorillas show up suddenly grunting about one quarter of a million dollars missing. Who can she trust? The only guy available (Cary Grant) changes his name, and his story (and thus the movie's title), daily. And people are being killed. Interestingly, the director Donen quite literally throws this at Grant but Hepburn steals the film anyhow. In the final analysis it all doesn't quite add up logically, but the charm of the leads, and Paris, and music by Mancini is one reason this is one of my favorites.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Despite the visible age difference, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn display a nice chemistry together in this charming blend of Hitchcockian thriller and screwball comedy - a classic spy film that benefits from a delicious sense of humor and a fantastic, suspenseful conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


How do you make a Hitchcock movie without Hitchcock? Step 1: Cary Grant. Step 2: Find yourself a screenplay with a lot of twists and turns. Step 3: Hire the most beautiful actress you can afford. Step 4: And finally, you go get that guy who directed Singin' in the Rain.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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