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  • Charade
    The movie came in expected condition. They shipped quickly and did a great job....more info
  • kept me guessing ...
    ... the whole time I was watching the movie. Very witty dialogue and scenes; flawless acting by lead and supporting actors. The viewer never knows until the end if Cary Grant's character is a thief or something else. The only shortcoming is that this DVD didn't have subtitles.

    I caught a few scenes of this movie on TV, but I didn't know what its title was. So I searched Amazon for a movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. :-) This is a worthwhile purchase. ...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Little Known Gem
    I first saw this film in a Hitchcock class at UCLA in 1982, and I've never forgotten it. With its elements of macabre suspense, drama, and comedy, it could be termed "faux Hitchcock."

    Cary Grant is excellent as the good guy/bad guy/good guy who changes identities every 5 minutes, and what can you say about Audrey Hepburn? Every film she was ever in benefitted from her screen presence. The bantering and chemistry between the two is something special to watch.

    The DVD is a very poor transfer, and if you're looking for a high quality digital transfer, don't look here. But if you're looking for a good story and two American movie icons in prime form, look no further....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
  • Charade is a great classic....
    This movie is one of my favorite movies. I'm an Audrey Hepburn fan and who doesn't love Cary Grant?! If you are looking to buy a copy of this movie, please do yourself a favor and buy the Criterion Collection of Charade. In the past, the prices of Criterion movies always made me cringe a bit but the truth is their movies are worth that kind of money.

    This copy of Charade I bought seemed odd to me when I watched it; the sound quality was less than satisfactory and the print quality was disappointing. There were actually lines running down the screen for a split second during a scene of the movie! It seemed like someone transfered this movie to DVD from a less than stellar print of Charade. I have other Criterion Collection movies and they are always the best of the best.

    The lesser prices of some of these older movies may be tempting but don't buy them. In the end, spending more on a very good quality product is the way to go. I don't like to waste money and even though this copy was not a lot of money compared to other Charade DVDs, I'm sorry I bought this and I'm even more sorry the Return Policy date expired before I watched it. Now that really makes me cringe.

    I don't want readers to think that I reviewed this item with one star because this is not a good movie. Please note, this is a great movie. It's funny and suspenseful; Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the supporting cast are fantastic. It's got a great cast, great fashion, great 60's film music, great scenes of Paris, and it's altogether a classic. But I hope people find this review somewhat helpful and will spend the extra money to buy a Criterion Collection copy of Charade. I wish I had....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
  • 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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  • 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
  • TERRIFIC
    Movie was a great "Play On Words" - Could never get tired of watching this!...more info
  • Hilarious and Intense! Superb film-making!
    I don't know what I was expecting from this movie. I've liked the lead actors in everything I've seen them in. Until recently I had not even heard of this film.

    Now I know just how little I know about movies.

    This one blew my mind. Few movies I've seen have been consistently good every second of the way. This one easily makes that list. The music (!), the colors, the suspense, and yes the acting too - all engrossing. It was intense when it needed to be (Tex and his matches come to mind), funny when it needed to be (and the jokes were actually hilarious!), romantic when necessary.

    While some of the plot twists were obvious, I don't think that detracted from the suspense. After all, for any movie you've seen more than once (and hence must like?), you already know the plot in advance. This one is definitely rewatchable....more info
  • BEST CHARADE
    As usual, this Criterion edition of the public domain flick "CHARADE" is the best to date.
    Christophe Champclaux...more info
  • Just saw it and i loved it!
    Done in a Hitchcock style, this thriller/comedy is without a doubt one of the best "spy" movies ever. It's a tad long but when you have two great actors (Suave, classy Cary Grant and charming, beautiful Audrey Hepburn) who have real chemistry together you can't help but be into the story. It also is a bit hard to follow and you might have a few questions in the end but you'll still love it. ...more info
  • A WITTY NOD TO HITCHCOCK
    Donen did a fine job on this sleek, romantic-thriller, and the pairing of Grant, and Hepburn was sensational, and though the movie may not quite equal Hitchcock at his best, it has enough twists, action, light romance, and ascerbic dialogue to keep things interesting throughout. It also has another fine Mancini score, and a cast to die for. It should be in any Cary Grant, or Audrey Hepburn collection....more info
  • this one went though
    Of the video downloads, this one got through. I have the film on tape but this download was a pristine copy of a great film....more info
  • A tip on which DVD release to get if you aren't rich
    There are a lot of different releases of this movie on DVD, some of poor quality. If you can afford it, the Criterion Collection release (make sure it's the anamorphic one, not the earlier letterboxed version) is the best, in that it has a fine widescreen transfer and a commentary by the director.

    But if you're a normal human, the one to get happens to be the cheapest one to get used (as I write this), and isn't too expensive new either. It's the version on side B of The Truth About Charlie. That version comes from Universal, the studio that produced Charade, and is a clean anamorphic widescreen transfer with fairly good color and sharpness. It's got a few specks at the beginning but is good after the credits. No extras, except for that other movie on side A. (I haven't seen The Truth about Charlie, but it's apparently a mediocre update of Charade.)

    I've also looked at the Madacy release, and it's just OK, a nonanamorphic widescreen transfer, grainier than the Universal Studios transfer that comes with The Truth About Charlie. It comes with a fun extended trailer. Also included is a poor transfer of another movie that happens to be named Charade, but otherwise has nothing to do with this one. (That other Charade has James Mason in it, but I haven't watched it through yet to know if it's any good.) I've heard the Madacy release is as good as any of the "off-brand" ones.

    All of the the versions have mono sound.

    The film itself is delightful, cleverly constructed and scripted, with some fine actors hamming it up in supporting roles to go with Grant and Hepburn. Good for for both suspense and romantic comedy. Even better the second time. But there are plenty of other reviews with plenty to say about the film .......more info
  • A Parade of Surprises in Charade
    Don't take anything for granted in this classic spy thriller from 1963 as the viewer visits Gay Paris, not so gay, through the eyes of Audrey Hepburn (1929-93) who is the surprise victim of one of the best spy flicks ever made. Cheeky dialogue between Cary Grant and Hepburn make it a tour de force as we ride elevators, subways, teeter on rooftops, eat delicious French bread, tour the Montparnasse, accompanied by the sprightly music of Henry Mancini. I particularly enjoyed shots of Hepburn's classic gamine profile and her smart Givenchy outfits, while Cary Grant shines with charm, as do co-stars Walter Matthau and James Coburn. In our modern post 9/11 age where we've lost our innocence, revisit innocence again in this delightful who-dun-it. ...more info
  • Charade
    This movie was a fabulously written, timeless movie. The acting in this movie was also phemonenal. Charade was everything it was advertised to be; a great mix of comedy, romance, and drama. I was very pleased with the plot's continual twist and turns. The movie kept me captivated throughout the entire story and I definatley recommend buying this film.

    Phoebe Sheldon...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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  • 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
  • Horrible DVD ruins a great classic movie
    Charade is a great movie that most people discover later in life (their 30s, or at least I did), and I've seen it between 10 and 20 times. If Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn aren't enough, there's Walther Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass, and Paris, plus a score by Henry Mancini and a plot that you won't see all the way through until the last scene.

    But the Delta DVD is just terrible. There are no extras, just chapter selections. This alone isn't enough to deserve a pan, perhaps, but the introduction to the menu screen takes several seconds to loop through and can't be interrupted. Okay, so that's a minor annoyance.

    The real problem is the movie. It's dark and muddy. There are several bad skips both in the opening credits sequence (one of my favorites, but ruined on this DVD) and several scenes of dialog. I'm guessing this studio used a worn-out copy of the film for its transfer rather than a master.

    I bought this DVD because I didn't want to spring for the big bucks to get the Criterion DVD. But like they say, you get what you pay for. Apparently there are several versions of Charade available now, and I guarantee that the Delta copy is the worst....more info
  • GREAT MOVIE!!!
    This is a great, classic film! And a good suspense with some romance! With wonderful actors!...more info
  • Classic Mystery
    This movie begins to misdirect you from the very beginning. There are a number of plot devices that an avid mystery fan will recognize, but their use 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 money 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 the 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, though we think he has 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 Reggie and Peter lose the loot 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.

    This movie combines moments of humor and fear in a style that borrows much from Alfred Hitchcock's movies. The plot and cinematography do not quite achieve that lofty peak, but rise high enough and move along quickly enough that this film is thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend this movie for the collection of any Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn fan, and for those who liked movies such as "To Catch a Thief."
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  • 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
  • A Classic
    I grew up with the classics, and Charades' follows suit, starring a great cast -- Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Walter Matthau. It's a great mystery, blending romanticism within a great film. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the classics....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
  • 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
  • Came quickly, Good condition.
    Came quickly, Good condition. The sound goes in and out a little bit at 2 spots in the movie. But it is still enjoyable!...more info
  • 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.

    Unfortunately the Delta print of this isn't worth the savings, since it was taken from a spotty, scratchy older print, with odd visual and sound jumps. It's disconcerting, to say the least. Better check out the double-bill of "Charade" and its remake "Truth about Charlie," since that print has been lovingly restored.

    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
  • 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
  • Charade
    I really enjoyed seeing two of my favourite stars Audrey Heoburn & Cary Grant in this story of intrique & suspence.Like any good suspence film there are many twists & turns with a surprise ending....more info
  • Cool Movie Deserving of Better DVD
    Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and a marvelous supporting cast that includes James Coburn (and a "killer" soundtrack by Henry Mancini) deserve much better treatment than they get in this no-frills DVD with absolutely no special features.

    This comic murder mystery shows off its stars to their finest --in spite of a less than admirable film transfer. It's all thanks to the great performances, tongue in cheek direction and witty screenplay. Hopefully a better quality and enhanced DVD version will replace this one in your film library. Nonetheless, "Charade" remains a charming and timeless classic....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.
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  • 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