Cary Grant • Audrey Hepburn
Regina is about to divorce her husband when she finds that he has been murdered after converting every penny they owned to cash, which is also missing. She meets Cary Grant who changes his name every 15 minutes or so and is interested in her husband's money, which seems to have come from a WWII payroll he stole. His partners in crime are also very interested in where the money is, as he stole it from them as well. Everyone assumes Regina MUST know where the money is. The situation becomes more tense when the searchers begin turning up dead.
What a wild ride!
Just who is the bad guy and who isn't? Can Audrey Hepburn trust ANYONE?
While this movie comes across as a little low budget it is still one of my favorite Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn movies. The cast is excellent and the acting well done.
The movie is an intense emotional ride full of twists and turns until you don't know which side is right. But it isn't just action and suspense, there is a nice romance, and humor that drops in at the most unexpected moments.
Snappy dialogue, a twist of romance, treasure hunting, and a lot of whodunit, make Charade a great movie from the 1960's.
This movie really did deserve being called
"The best Hitchcock that Hitchcock never made".
Note: While nothing like you see on TV today there are a few moments of violence (dead bodies) that can be a little shocking if you are not ready for them or don't like that sort of thing.
Cary Grant ... Peter Joshua
Audrey Hepburn ... Regina Lampert
Walter Matthau ... Hamilton Bartholemew
James Coburn ... Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy ... Herman Scobie
Dominique Minot ... Sylvie Gaudet
Ned Glass ... Leopold W. Gideon
Jacques Marin ... Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Alps, Haute-Savoie, France
Stage 28, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Studios de Boulogne-Billancourt/SFP - 2 Rue de Silly, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France (studio)
Reggie Lampert: I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn't possibly meet anyone else.
Peter Joshua: Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.
Reggie Lampert: You're blocking my view.
Peter Joshua: Ohh... which view would you prefer?
Reggie Lampert: The one you're blocking.