Lovely Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) is determined to divorce her wealthy, cold, and closed-mouthed husband, but someone throws him from a train before she gets the chance. Left penniless in Paris with police suspicion resting heavily upon her, Reggie soon realizes she's in serious trouble--her husband stole money from three unscrupulous men, and they want the money back. Charming and amusing Cary Grant, recalling his screwball comedy days while still remaining manly, comes to Reggie's aid. But he too has secrets and hidden loyalties. With the bodies piling up and the money nowhere to be found, Grant and Hepburn dash through Paris toward the startling solution.
Agatha Christie-like in its unexpected twists and colorful characters and shimmering with fun and passion, CHARADE is a suspense gem that deserves to be much better known than it is. The supporting cast, led by Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy, is terrific, the interaction between Hepburn and Grant is an absolute joy, and Stanley Donen's playful direction all combine to make this film a small classic.
Cary Grant - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Archibald Alexander Leach - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Stanley Donen - Director/producer/choreographer
Walter Matthau - American actor, THE ODD COUPLE/I'M NOT RAPPAPORT
Walter Matuschanskayasky - American actor, THE ODD COUPLE/I'M NOT RAPPAPORT
Walter John Matthow - American actor, THE ODD COUPLE/I'M NOT RAPPAPORT
Walter Foghorn Matthau - American actor, THE ODD COUPLE/I'M NOT RAPPAPORT
Dominique Minot - Actress
Ned Glass - American Character Actor
James Ware - PRODUCER/ASST. DIRECTOR
Charles Lang - Award-winning Director of Photography, mid '20s-early '70s
Charles Lang Jr. - Award-winning Director of Photography, mid '20s-early '70s
Charles B. Lang - Award-winning Director of Photography, mid '20s-early '70s
Charles Bryant Lang Jr. - Award-winning Director of Photography, mid '20s-early '70s
Audrey Hepburn - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
Audrey Hepburn-Ruston - Actress, MY FAIR LADY, FUNNY FACE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, SABRINA
George Kennedy - American actor, COOL HAND LUKE
James Coburn - American actor, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN/AFFLICTION
Marc Behm - SCREENWRITER
Bob Jones - Sound Mixer, Recordist, Re-Recordist, mid '50s-early '80s
Henry Mancini - American Songwriter/Composer, THE PINK PANTHER Theme
Peter Stone - Screenwriter
Peter H. Stone - Screenwriter
Pierre Marton - Screenwriter
In this marvelous thriller starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, Hepburn returns to Paris from vacation to discover her husband murdered. Three men who attend the funeral begin stalking Hepburn, demanding to know the whereabouts of $250,000 stolen by her husband and the menacing trio years before. Protected only by a U.S. embassy man and the suave Grant, Hepburn must find the money before she is killed too. But can she really trust Grant, whose story and name change every day? Filled with twists and delectable chemistry between Grant and Hepburn, CHARADE delivers both passion and suspense as well as a sly sense of humor.
Based on the story "The Unsuspecting Wife" by Marc Behm and Peter Stone. Marc Behm's EYE OF THE BEHOLDER was made into a film in 1999.
"...The best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made: posh, witty, with [Grant] skating deliciously on the edge of absurdity..." -- Rating: A- - 10/09/1998 Entertainment Weekly, pp.86-7
"It's sophisticated, tasty, and a bit bizarre....The thrills are consistent..." - 04/16/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.65
"[E]njoy Peter Stone's witty, suspenseful script and the zippy Grant/Hepburn banter." - 07/01/2005 Uncut, p.138