Charade

PLOT:

Cary Grant stars as Peter, who may or may not be a flimflam man who aids the recently widowed Regina in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks — who’ll stop at nothing — also covet the loot.

What people have said:

“A very cool, taunt, and Hitchcockesque thriller, Charade was one of the last hurrahs of Cary Grant as a Romantic Lead in the early sixties. Even though looking a bit old in this, Grant still exudes charm, urbanity, and a polite, smoldering sexuality. Charade is a complex, yet very hilarious whodunit with an amazing cast, headed up by a personal favorite, Audrey Hepburn. A few years removed from her Roman Holiday triumph, Hepburn shows a litte of her Breakfast at Tiffany’s persona as the very tasty and yet confused widow of a man with a shady past. James Coburn, Walter Matthau, and the wonderful George Kennedy are also on hand as the bad guys after Grant and Hepburn. Although dated, Charade is definitely worth the time of any thriller fan, especially lovers of Hitchcock.” 5 stars

“Charade passes the time, but is only occasionally rewarding. Grant and Hepburn both seem wooden when talking to each other. I was really surprised at how stiffly they read their lines. There are moments of entertaining banter and goofiness, but far too few for a movie with these actors. It could have been much better.” 3 stars

“It was a boring mess. We watched for ~50 minutes, then stopped, and read a plot summary on Wiki to see how it ended. We were curious enough to do that, but not enough to sit through another dull hour of it unfolding. The acting is mediocre and wooden, the dialogue is clunky, and the characters are uninteresting. The twists get stupider as it goes. Then, at the end, Hepburn’s character exclaims that she hopes she has “lots of boys” for her new man. So, it’s got sexism too. That’s common with older movies, but it’s another irritation on top of the movie’s other, various flaws.” 1 star

“Very humorous whodunit centering around a lost $250,000 and 5 shady characters who all want it. Classic dialogue, fast paced plot and a satisfying finale.” 4 stars

“Charade is a nice piece of 60’s entertainment; and thanks to the good production, excellent score and charm of its stars, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, I thought the film held up pretty well after all this time. Obviously, the most notable reason to watch the film is the great chemistry between Grant and Hepburn, which makes their banter of witty one-liners and thinly veiled sexual innuendo very enjoyable. The other reason to see the film is director Stanley Donen’s Hitchcockian sense of building suspense and intrigue, which keeps the film’s mystery angle working at all times. Because of this aspect, I thought the twist at the end was very satisfying. So, whether you’re an old-movie buff or a fan of mysteries, thrillers or romance, check out Charade, you’ll probably like it.” 4 stars

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