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Charade 1963

  • Stanley Donen
  • December 5, 1963
  • 113 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
You can expect the unexpected when they play..."Charade"
Regina Lambert returns to Paris from a ski holiday in Switzerland to find that her husband has been murdered. She is later told by CIA agent Hamilton Bartholemew that Charles Lambert was one of five men who stole $250,000 in gold from the U.S. government during World War II, and the government wants it back. The money was not found among his possessions, and Regina can shed no light on its whereabouts. Later that day she is visited by Peter Joshua, whom she had met briefly while on holiday. When her husband's former partners in crime, who were double-crossed by Charles, start calling her looking for the money, Peter offers to help find it. Thus begins an elaborate charade in which nothing is what it seems to be.


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This movie is sometimes referred to as "Hitchcock Lite," a distinction that I think is complete bullshit. That is really unfair and dismissive to a movie that I think can stand up with the best of Hitchcock's work and even higher in some cases. The only reason some look at it as sub-Hitchcock is because it's funnier than any Hitchcock and that unbelievably makes people think less of it. This movie is for real hilarious. But the mystery and the suspense and the action is top notch. No, not "but." And. AND the mystery and the suspense and the action is top notch in addition to the laughs. Plus just LOOK at this cast. It is STACKED! The first 5 on that list down there are FAVES of mine. And Audrey Hepburn has never been more charming and cute and funny. This is my favorite film of hers and close to my favorite Cary Grant.

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