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Charade
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Studio: Kc Sales Release Date: 06/19/2001 Run time: 210 minutes

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

Customer Reviews:

  • OK film
    Got this one for my sister. I viewed it. I guess I'm not a Audrey Hepburn fanatic because I just don't groove on these flicks of hers. It's a classic and all, but I wouldn't recommend it, nor watch it ever again....more info
  • Charade ~ Gregoire Aslan Widescreen Collector's Edition is a good DVD and worth the purchase
    I bought this DVD as a Christmas gift for my sister. She enjoyed it. I was most concerned with the quality of the transfer. We bought a Charade DVD before from a local store and while the movie is excellent, the quality of the DVD was not. The audio and the visual was not lined up well at all in certain spots. So I bought this one in hopes of it being better. And it was. It's not quite perfect, however. The audio and visual is not properly synchronized for a little while in the beginning, I believe when she is being questioned by the policeman in his office. But soon after that and for the rest of the movie it is lined up as it should be.

    I give this DVD three stars. The movie itself is outstanding. The only thing it lacks is the quality of the transfer. If the audio and visual of this movie was lined up throughout the movie as it should be, this DVD would receive four stars easy. I do believe I will continue to search for a higher quality of a DVD of this tremendous movie, Charade. I hope that the next one I order will be perfect....more info
  • Not up to Cary Grant potential.
    Half hearten drama , romace weak with story line, and I like most Cary Grant movie but this is a one time see at best....more info
  • Charade
    Quick to receive my CD and would recommend and do business with this seller again.
    Thank you so much,
    Carole...more info
  • Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn are perfect together
    Cary Grant (Peter Joshua) and Audrey Hepburn (Regina 'Reggie' Lampert) are absolutely perfect for each other in this romantic comedy/drama about a women (Hepburn) married to a man who was not who she thought he was.

    As a soldier in the OSS during WWII, Hepburn's husband was part of a team, parachuted behind enemy lines to deliver 250K in gold to the French Resistance. Instead, the group buries the money with plans to return and collect it. In true Hitchcock fashion, everything goes wacky and general pandemonium ensues.

    Walter Matthau & James Coburn round out this star studded cast. Who will find the gold? Who is who? Who will Reggie trust? Can Reggie trust anyone? No spoilers here folks. Buy the movie and find out, it is well worth adding to your collection. ...more info
  • Great Old Movie
    My husband and I cuddled up on the couch and watched this movie. Don't know whos chemistry was better..Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn or My husbands and I :0) An Oddly romantic movie.
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  • Passes the Bored Teenager Litmus test!!
    To my mind one of the canniest tests available to determine the entertainment value of an older movie is the jaded-teenager respons-o-meter. You know what I mean. You know the TCM (we're scraping the bottom of the barrel here) expressions on their faces when you announce another classic from the prehistoric times before Spielberg and Lucas. So, if you AND your seen-it-all, special-effect-fed-up brood of darlings spontaneously break out in applause at the end of such a film, its got to be a winner! And that is precisely what happened at the end of our family-viewing of Charade. They loved it.


    Throw into the mix the fact that the thinking part our ensemble (we parents, naturally) found more than enough in it to keep us amused, bemused and charmed (out of our socks) (and more or less in that order), and you get the picture.

    Hepburn and Grant are at their slickest best here, unobtrusive, and subservient to the flow of the plot, which is the real star of the movie, as it unravels (and re-ravels) time and again.

    At one stage the bewildered, suspicious-yet-entranced Hepburn says accusingly to Grant, "Do you know what's wrong with you?" He pauses, waits for the insult which he knows he deserves (sort of). She tries to muster all the malice she can, looks him in the eye, succumbs instantly to the his charm, and whispers, " Nothing. Absolutely nothing."

    Which just about says it all for this gem. Get it. It will lift whatever gloom you're in. And in the process provide some bonding for the generational divide, if required!

    Louis M
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  • Charade
    The movie came in expected condition. They shipped quickly and did a great job....more info
  • Gayle R. Donham
    This is a very good movie. Great actors and very good ending. ...more info
  • Grant + Hepburn = A Great Movie...
    ...back in the '50s and '60s. Most thrillers today are terribly contrived and cover the same ground. It's refreshing to go back and review classics, and this is one of them.

    Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant light up the screen as lovers caught in a web of murder and deceit when three dangerous criminals seek out a fortune stolen by Hepburn's late husband. To reveal any more would be cheating.

    Plenty of twists, great one-liners, and sparkling performances make this a must-see. Fans of Hitchcock won't be disappointed with the story, as it shares similarities with some of his masterpieces.

    A successfull blend of comedy, romance, and suspense. Highly recommended.
    ...more info
  • Worth viewing, good for this type of film
    Nice mix of breezy romance, villains and suspense. Because of the complex dealings of her once, always busy husband, Audrey Hepburn is pulled into a world of obsessed, quirky and ruthless characters, all searching for the fortune (1960's value) left behind, somewhere, by her recently murdered spouse; a man of many aliases. The hunt for the prize keeps you guessing who's who in the zoo.

    Although I try to outwardly present an image of a sophisticated moviegoer I still enjoyed it. If the seemingly out of place "black foot, white foot Indian?" metaphor had been left on the cutting room floor this film would have an even greater appeal to me. My personal sensibilities aside, this one is really worth your viewing time though. Good cast too, aside from the headliners....more info
  • Bad News on this one
    Tried to download this movie. After several hours of internet activity, download stopped, but the unbox player said it was not downloaded. I think this unbox thing is not ready for prime time. I am taking all the unbox stuff off my computer. All this product seems to do is use internet bandwith wintout delivering anything. I'm glad it was free, Goodby unbox!...more info
  • Who Dunit?
    There are few films I don't find fault with at all. This is one. It falls in a lot of genres: comedy, thriller, crime film, romance, and all of these genres are presented with a little bit of irony. It's a film for everybody. For example, this film offers many opportunities to guess who the bad guy is, if you like or watch out for all the blind motives. A very feminine Audrey Hepburn and her overtures to Cary Grant present intelligent but romantic humour. But also cineasts (like me) are able to enjoy this movie: The camera catches some beautiful pictures, and the sound supports them. Watch this movie. Even on television it's great fun. ...more info
  • Charade
    This Hitchcock homage provides a last glimpse of Cary as leading man. At sixty, the actor still brings off his trademark persona superbly. Hepburn is also in top form as the put-upon damsel in distress. Deftly combining mystery, romance, and humor, director Donen creates a chic, sophisticated mood via gorgeous Paris locations and a smooth Mancini score. The villains are mean enough to be taken seriously, but exhibit enough idiosyncrasies to seem human (Coburn has particular fun as Tex). As top-drawer entertainment, "Charade" is the real thing....more info
  • Excellent classic!
    This movie is one of my favorites. I describe it to people as being wonderfully Hitchcock, but it isn't actually by Hitchcock. It is the only movie that Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant ever made together, which is a shame, because they are amazing together. It's a murder mystery that takes place in Paris, and involves lots of plot twists and great dialogue. The picture quality is great- I definitely recommend this movie!...more info
  • TERRIFIC
    Movie was a great "Play On Words" - Could never get tired of watching this!...more info
  • Champagne Thriller With Two Of Hollywood's Most Elegant Leads In Fine Form
    1963's "Charade", boasting the once only teaming on screen of eternally debonair Cary Grant and the totally delightful Audrey Hepburn is for me what perfection on screen should definately look like. Indeed with these two legendary performers combining in a tense as well as at times amusing espionage caper set against the background of a never more beautiful Paris what more could you possibly ask for? Directed with flair in the Hitchcock mold by veteran Stanley Donen the two leads have never been better than here and it's a tragedy that Cary Grant retired forever from acting soon after "Charade", thus removing the chance of these two perfectly matched actors ever working together again. What we are left with however is a fast moving, tension filled and extremely good looking thriller that uses the familiar themes of murder, mistaken identity, and an assortment of unsavoury characters all with hidden agendas to create a totally delightful confection that would never be able to be duplicated in today's Hollywood where depicting effortless elegance on screen is a largely forgotten artform by most film makers. ...more info
  • Charade
    I'm a Cary Grant fan so I natuarally think this is an enjoyable movie....more info
  • Wasn't this free before?
    This is one of my all-time favorites. I just happened to come across this on here a week ago. It showed it for free then and now it has a price. I know I was viewing it on a Mac and now I'm on a PC, but that shouldn't make a difference. I was hoping to download it to try on my iPod. I don't want to pay for something before I know whether it will work out or not. Some of the other movies I looked at last week now have a price too. The only free downloads I can find are junk. Nothing that I would ever want to watch....more info
  • Bad transfer
    Don't buy this version of the movie. It looks like it was directly transferred from VHS. The box says it is "widescreen". It is NOT true widescreen. The transfer looks very bad. The quality of this is horrible for both the audio and video aspects. I would recommend purchasing the Criterion version or the other DVD release.

    Movie-wise it was okay. There is definately some on-screen chemistry with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, but the story is a little kooky. Not the best movie vehicle for both stars involved. A rental at best, if interested....more info
  • BEST CHARADE
    As usual, this Criterion edition of the public domain flick "CHARADE" is the best to date.
    Christophe Champclaux...more info
  • Classic Mystery
    This movie begins to misdirect you from the very beginning. There are a number of plot devices that the avid mystery fan will recognize, but their reuse in this film provides only a minor distraction from the fun.
    Reggie Lampert, very convincingly played by the always beautiful Audrey Hepburn, is informed her husband has died at the beginning of the movie. Reggie quickly becomes the target of a group of nefarious individuals played by James Coburn, George Kennedy and Ned Glass. While the role of these three is clear, what is less clear are the roles of Mr. Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) and Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). Both the latter appear to want to help Reggie, but in very different ways.

    Adding to Reggie's initial confusion is why everyone is after her. As the movie slowly reveals, her husband was not all that he appeared. Her husband conspired with a group of others to steal a quarter of a million dollars during World War II. However, Reggie's husband apparently decided he wanted all the money for himself and took it without the other's consent. Naturally the other partners were a bit upset and took out their frustrations on Reggie's husband.

    The question everyone asks of Reggie is where the money is located. Unfortunately, Reggie's husband neglected to advise her where he hid a quarter of a million dollars in stolen loot. Reggie must find the money to save her life.

    This movie intentionally misleads the viewer from the beginning. Cary Grant consorts with the characters we know are criminals, yet he initially appears to be a good guy. Walter Matthau is much less helpful than he should be given that he has an office in the U.S. Embassy. There are even brief moments at the beginning of the movie where I wondered whether Reggie might know more than she revealed.

    Paying attention to the movie, you may find that you guess the location of the cash before Reggie and Peter. The plot is prepared for your guess, and both characters lose the money just when they discover where it is hidden. You may guess the other secrets of the movie as well, but the fun is trying to guess before everything is revealed in the final minutes.



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  • What a charade!
    Cary Grant. Audrey Hepburn. A hidden megafortune. Three nasty pursuers. A slick, chic thriller with a Hitchcockian edge.

    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. It's a brilliant piece of scripting, even if the storyline is a bit unreal.

    Fortunately it's not all spy-thrills and revenge. Donen could change from action to horror to comedy in a moment, and he keeps the quieter moments lively with funny dialogue and some sophisticated slapstick, like Grant showering fully-clad. The witty dialogue is full of glorious one-liners. "You won't be able to lie on your back for awhile," Reggie quips, "but then you can lie from any position."

    Though Grant wasn't wholly comfortable playing opposite Hepburn, the two actors have kinetic chemistry. Whether they're goofing off, or chasing a kiss in a nightclub, they feel entirely real and romantic. Better yet, nobody knows who Grant really is or what he's doing, so there's an added element of danger to their relationship.

    For content and quality, the Criterion Collection version is undoubtedly the best, since the film has been lovingly restored in every way. However, it's also a walletbuster. For a less expensive but equally restored version, try the double-bill of "Truth About Charlie" and "Charade," and just forget that you have the remake at all.

    This tightly-plotted, fast-moving thriller deserves to be as well-loved as it is, and cinephiles should be ashamed of themselves if they haven't yet seen it. A must-have....more info
  • Great Movie, Poor Quality
    While Charade is one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies, this version is a poor copy to buy. It looks like someone snuck a video camera into the movie theater and put it on DVD. The sound echoes throughout the movie and the film is very, very grainy. If you love Audrey Hepburn, spend a few extra dollars and buy the Criterion Collection. ...more info
  • A lesser known gem
    Although I admit to being a huge Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn fan and so am a little biased, this has to be my favourite of their films. Grant, ever stylish and charming puts on a virtuoso performance in one of his later films (we was in his 60s here), as the handsome stranger helping Audrey after she finds her husband murdered. But is he one of the good guys or is he a spy?

    Some entertaining supporting performances from Walter Matthau and James Coburn too.... great fun for a light night in, from a time where even the villains had a lighter side....more info
  • Passes the Bored Teenager Litmus test!!
    To my mind one of the canniest tests available to determine the entertainment value of an older movie is the jaded-teenager respons-o-meter. You know what I mean. You know the TCM (we're scraping the bottom of the barrel here) expressions on their faces when you announce another classic from the prehistoric times before Spielberg and Lucas. So, if you AND your seen-it-all, special-effect-fed-up brood of darlings spontaneously break out in applause at the end of such a film, its got to be a winner! And that is precisely what happened at the end of our family-viewing of Charade. They loved it.


    Throw into the mix the fact that the thinking part our ensemble (we parents, naturally) found more than enough in it to keep us amused, bemused and charmed (out of our socks) (and more or less in that order), and you get the picture.

    Hepburn and Grant are at their slickest best here, unobtrusive, and subservient to the flow of the plot, which is the real star of the movie, as it unravels (and re-ravels) time and again.

    At one stage the bewildered, suspicious-yet-entranced Hepburn says accusingly to Grant, "Do you know what's wrong with you?" He pauses, waits for the insult which he knows he deserves (sort of). She tries to muster all the malice she can, looks him in the eye, succumbs instantly to the his charm, and whispers, " Nothing. Absolutely nothing."

    Which just about says it all for this gem. Get it. It will lift whatever gloom you're in. And in the process provide some bonding for the generational divide, if required!

    Louis M
    ...more info
  • Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn Spectacular!
    Audery Hepburn stars as a neurotic but lovable woman caught up in murder, mystery and intrigue following her husband's untimely death. Enter the straight laced Cary Grant and hilarity ensues!
    This is a must have for fans of classic movies, comedies, mysteries, or anyone just looking for a few hours of good clean fun!...more info
  • Charade - sophisticated intrigue filmed in Paris
    Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn--together--classic lovers can't beat that! Plus Walter Matthau and James Coburn as villains. Grant creates the 'charade', but I won't tell you any more. A must-see oldie! ...more info
  • Excellent Film, One of the Best of Its Genre
    This is an excellently written, directed and acted film. Dated, certainly, but one of the best of its genre. Cary Grant's calm and in-control character plays well opposite Audrey Hepburn's "lost child" role. The supporting cast is outstanding as well. A true classic and a film to be treasured....more info
  • Great Movie, Lousy DVD
    This is the version I unfortunately bought a few years ago - it's the Delta version with the big picture of Cary Grant on the cover, pictured here. Not only is it grainy, it's jumpy (a jumpy DVD?!?) and not only is it jumpy, but every so often the Delta logo appears on the bottom right hand of the screen, as though you were watching a movie on television. Now that I know of the other versions, I purchased one highly recommended on Amazon's site and am looking forward to a better movie experience. "Charade" deserves it - it's the coolest!...more info
  • Grant + Hepburn = A Great Movie...
    ...back in the '50s and '60s. Most thrillers today are terribly contrived and cover the same ground. It's refreshing to go back and review classics, and this is one of them.

    Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant light up the screen as lovers caught in a web of murder and deceit when three dangerous criminals seek out a fortune stolen by Hepburn's late husband. To reveal any more would be cheating.

    Plenty of twists, great one-liners, and sparkling performances make this a must-see. Fans of Hitchcock won't be disappointed with the story, as it shares similarities with some of his masterpieces.

    A successfull blend of comedy, romance, and suspense. Highly recommended.
    ...more info
  • Badly produced DVD
    I received this particular DVD yesterday; I don't hold the seller responsible for this as they were selling what they had. BUT, don't buy this item if you are looking for a good quality (or even passable quality) movie. This has to have been a copy straight from celluloid to DVD with all scratches, burns and flaws included (the sound track was even out of sync with the picture at times)....more info