Charade - The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

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Description

Classic romantic comedy directed by Stanley Donen. Reggie Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) returns home after a skiing trip to discover that her husband has died. At the funeral she finds out from CIA agent Hamilton Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) that he was involved in the theft of a quarter of a million dollars during World War Two.

The charming Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) offers his help, but as the number of dead bodies increases, so do Peter's aliases, leaving Reggie uncertain as to whether or not she can trust him. The cast also includes James Coburn and George Kennedy.

Product Details

Barcode
5050629478631
Department
Movies & TV
Released
15 Feb 2021
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Classic
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region B
Year
1963
Language
English
Runtime
113 min
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Charade
Release Year
1963
Running Time
114 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Adventure / Classic / Essential Cinema / Murder / Mystery / On-The-Run / Paris, France / Romance / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Synopsis
Lovely Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) is determined to divorce her wealthy, cold, and closed-mouthed husband, but someone throws him from a train before she gets the chance. Left penniless in Paris with police suspicion resting heavily upon her, Reggie soon realizes she's in serious trouble--her husband stole money from three unscrupulous men, and they want the money back. Charming and amusing Cary Grant, recalling his screwball comedy days while still remaining manly, comes to Reggie's aid. But he too has secrets and hidden loyalties. With the bodies piling up and the money nowhere to be found, Grant and Hepburn dash through Paris toward the startling solution.

Agatha Christie-like in its unexpected twists and colorful characters and shimmering with fun and passion, CHARADE is a suspense gem that deserves to be much better known than it is. The supporting cast, led by Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy, is terrific, the interaction between Hepburn and Grant is an absolute joy, and Stanley Donen's playful direction all combine to make this film a small classic.
Notes
Based on the story "The Unsuspecting Wife" by Marc Behm and Peter Stone. Marc Behm's EYE OF THE BEHOLDER was made into a film in 1999.
Cast & Crew
Director
Stanley Donen
Star
Audrey Hepburn / James Coburn / Ned Glass / Cary Grant / George Kennedy / Walter Matthau / Dominique Minot
Screenwriter
Marc Behm / Peter Stone
Composer
Henry Mancini
Producer
Stanley Donen / James Ware
Director of Photography
Charles Lang
Sound Mixer
Bob Jones
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...The best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made: posh, witty, with [Grant] skating deliciously on the edge of absurdity..." -- Rating: A-
Ty Burr (9 Oct 1998, pp.86-7)
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"[E]njoy Peter Stone's witty, suspenseful script and the zippy Grant/Hepburn banter."
Peter Hogan (1 Jul 2005, p.138)