Regina desires a divorce, but a mysterious murderer ends her husband before she can end their marriage and reveals her husband's well-kept secrets. Situations become complicated when mysterious men pursue both the beautiful widow and her vanished inheritance of $250,000.
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It's pretty silly that the press made an issue of his age in this movie. He was in marvelous shape and looked just fine with Audrey Hepburn even being her senior by quite a lot. I thought they had good chemistry. They say the ridicule he took as to his age on this movie lead to his retirement from movies. That was a travesty. As for the movie it was a good "Who done it". You truly suspect EVERYONE at some point in the movie and usually several times. At about 16 minutes before the movie is over, you are sure of the answer but it was fun guessing until then. No nudity, no profanity, no sex scenes as seems to be in all movies today. It is refreshing to not feel dirty and guilty after watching a movie, which may be why some of the old movies are the best. TIP: if you are watching on Amazon Prime DO NOT look at the cast names and descriptions to the left as it gives away the twists and ending! Save that until after the movie is over.
Superbly written, ably directed, brilliantly acted thorough escapism involving thugs killing each other to recover wartime booty, multiple false identities, the delights of Paris in the 1960's and rare philately in which Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant charm the best heavies in film (Coburn, Kennedy, Matthau) into irrelevance. Add to that a seminal score by Mancini and you have one of the best escapist movies of all time. This film is the first that made me enamored of the French language, and started me on the road to a diffident literacy therein. If you see 100 movies in your lifetime, this had better be one of them.
One of the early-to-mid 1960s fun films that never takes itself too seriously. It also reveals the tensions about romance that sprouted up in this decade--do romantic relationships become doomed by inherent secrecy and if so, why do we keep pursuing them with such vigor? Even with that seemingly somber undertone, the film manages to turn the serious side of secrecy into playful courtship as Grant, the elder one, and Hepburn, the young beauty, team up to solve a mystery involving the death of Hepburn's former husband and man of mystery. The film has its share of intrigue and plot twists to keep one watching without distraction, and it moves in as breezy a way as the dialogue between Grant and Hepburn, which creates the firm foundation of the story. Both Grant and Hepburn show viewers why and how they became movie stars and solid actors. Grant, as usual, delivers a comic line as cool as can be. Hepburn keeps up and together, they become impossible to escape the viewers' attention spans. The supporting cast, including James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Walter Matthau keep the pace lively and the mystery enticing. The French scenery is beautiful and the modernistic styles, from dress to action spots make this a great time piece. Keep an ear toward some good inside jokes. Just a lot of fun!
I have 3 or more copies of Charade from various vendors and the others are spotty and choppy. This must be from the studio itself because it is so clean. I love Cary Grant and have most of his movies. Some are cheaper in bundles so I have multiple copies of some of his movies. Buy this copy for the best copy of Charade. It is an intriguing/ fun and enjoyable journey. You'll have fun watching it. Harvey is magical. I love it. It is an intriguing fable and James Stewart is perfect.
This is one of my most favourite films. I own this film on VHS but haven't been able to find it on DVD, (unless it was an import that cost almost $100) so I was super excited to see that it was available on Amazon, for a very modest price. Of course I clicked "Add to Cart." Duh. It was a no-brainer.
I am reviewing the DVD, not the film itself, because ones taste in films is subjective.
The DVD comes in standard packaging, and the cover, also standard, is good quality. There is no insert, which I would have liked to have seen, but it isn't necessary. The film has been remastered and is also good quality, not like a bootleg that someone has ripped and burned in their mother's basement. Sound quality is great as well.
In addition to the feature film, this DVD also comes with bonus material, such as the original theatrical trailer, and two mini-documentary segments on 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era, and The Lew Wasserman Era. That was a nice surprise.
I give it five stars. As for the film, "Charade," well that's five stars also. If you are a fan of classic films and haven't ever seen this one, I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars'High-end kitschy whodunnit' - wonderful !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2018
This review is for the DVD with blue circles on the cover. Reviews for various other releases and Prime Video all mixed together here. I had a tough day yesterday, but there are few problems that can't be solved by a dose of Audrey, and this movie certainly did the trick ! The same goes for Cary Grant and the two of them together are sheer bliss, despite the 25-year age gap. The screwball goings-on are beautifully choreographed, the glamour and romance amid the Paris locations are heavenly, and the mystery element is tense, with non-stop twists and turns. There's also lively and imaginative direction by Stanley Donen (not Hitchcock) and a fabulous, fast-paced score by Henry Mancini. In 1963 some of the grisly scenes, courtesy of George Kennedy and James Coburn (both great), were considered over the top, but this hardly applies by today's standards. Last but not least, Walter Matthau is bordering on brilliant in his role.
The DVD (the one with blue circles, currently going for £3.99) is of good quality, with clear sound, but no subtitles, and I enjoyed the very stylish trailer. The aspect ratio is shown as 16:9 - 1.85:1. In summary, terrific value.
This is a wonderfully entertaining film starring the ever enchanting Audrey Hepburn opposite the great Cary Grant. It's a mystery thriller with a goodly dose of romance and at times a hint of crime caper, and you could be forgiven if you thought it was directed by Hitchcock. It isn't (Stanley Donen is the director), but it could be.
The lovely Ms Hepburn plays the damsel in distress and is as stylish as ever. Cary Grant is the man she turns to for help. However, nothing in this tale of secret servicemen, double crossing gangsters, and a treasure worth a quarter of a million dollars is quite what it seems, and there are new twists and turns at every corner as we follow the leading lady around Paris on her quest to find a lost treasure
The glorious Parisian filming locations add to the allure of the film, as does a great original score by Henry Mancini. The supporting cast includes such greats of the time as Walter Matthau and James Coburn. What's not to like?
The DVD I bought has very decent picture and sound quality. The 4:3 letterbox format is far from perfect, but it's serviceable. Considering the very low purchase price and the fact that I really enjoyed seeing this film again, it's still 5 stars from me.
Some misguided souls consider this to be the best Hitchcock film that he never made but they are simply wrong. Hitchcock would have demanded further re-writes of the script and executed it in a much more inventive way. No-one can fault the wonderful leads and those who question the age gap should remember that the rich (and Hollywood) are different. The excellent supporting cast's considerable talents are largely squandered and the mystery villain is easy to guess. After a prologue in the alps (where the actor's breath actually shows the cold, something quite rare in movies) the action moves to Paris where the locations lack any real atmosphere. In common with many films of the period as soon as the location is established we move quickly into the studio and the middle section is largely a not very funny 'bedroom farce' set in an hotel. However, the pace is notched up considerably in the latter stages with a metro chase and climax at the Palais Royale and theatre. Not a patch on 'North by northwest' or even 'To Catch a Thief' but entertaining enough. The Park remastered release has fine image quality and respects the original aspect ratio, something which other releases seem not to do, lacks subtitles and extras are confined to a trailer and images. I wish I'd sprung for the Criterion release, with a writer and director commentary, but I am in budget mode and opted for the most economic, quality choice.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2017
A clever & hugely entertaining hitchcockian style thriller that is filled with great performances from everyone involved. I first saw this film on tv by accident, I started watching it not thinking it would be at all anything up my street , it beeing an old film an all. But I was quickly hooked & had to watch it all the way through. It then became one of my favourite films and I had to have it first on DVD, of which many had poor picture quality due to open rights to put out the film. Many of these had poor cheaply produced boxes too and could easily put a person off. I am very pleased it has been released on blu ray now and at such a cheap price, I payed £5. A film not to be missed
3.0 out of 5 starsGood entry in the Stanley Donen filmography
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2019
This movie is tricky. It tries to tackle comedy and espionage in the same way that North by Northwest did, even though Charade tends to lean more on the comedy side at times, while still trying to present a compelling mystery plot. If the dial was turned 5 degrees to the left it could almost be an episode of Get Smart, but the performances by Grant, Hepburn and Matthau prevent this from getting into too much of a farce. It's almost Donen's attempt to make a movie A la Alfred Hitchcock. As it is, the movie is a great ride, and the performances and plot as compelling enough to carry you through the almost 2 hours. If you're a fan of mystery there are twists and turns aplenty here. As for extras there are almost none, 2 short featurettes part of the "100 years of universal". Audio is English dual mono and subtitles are english for the hard of hearing and French.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great film, as it should be seen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2019
I'll say little about the film itself, there are plenty of enthusiastic reviews already. It's a hugely entertaining, quirky thriller, with a plot and great performances everyone should surely appreciate and enjoy. I've loved it since I first saw it years ago. After the copyright notice was inadvertently omitted from the original film, anyone who wanted could release copies of this film, and there are too many bad ones (including, unfortunately, the version available on Amazon Prime, which I gave up watching in disgust after only a minute or two). But now, in a high-definition transfer from the original studio, it's looking better than ever before. If you've been put off by poor-quality versions of this film from odd studios you've never heard of, look no further. The blu-ray version from Universal is superb.
About the best film of its type that I've seen; full of humour, glamour and twists in the story - despite the rather dark shadowy backdrop to the film. Cary Grant is superb and so is Audrey Hepburn and the supporting cast of fine actors well known from the 50s to 80s with whom I grew up. I first saw this movie on TV as a child and I never tire of it. But there is something very moving too, about seeing the old, post-war Paris of the 1960s that I first knew - and realising how much has changed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2017
This is without a doubt, one of the all time classics. Great story and I love the clever humour from Grant. I initially purchased a DVD copy which turned out to be a disaster. The copy was in 4.3 format which resembled an old VHS quality; really washed out picture with dreadful soundtrack. After reading earlier reviews I was guided to this particular DVD copy provided in full widescreen. The picture quality and soundtrack is amazing. Add to this being upscaled by my 4K television, the resulting experience is not short of super.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2017
One of the all time great spy action movies. Wish I could give it more stars, I love it so much. The chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Carry Grant is pitch perfect. This is a fun movie with great locations and a sort of 'spoof-James Bond spy' feel to it. Charade does spy with comedy and style.
If, like me, you are wishing to purchase/replace this superb film which stars Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and a host of other notable screen greats, you will be confused by the reviews shown on Amazon. Three or four DVDs are listed and 53 identical reviews are shown for all of them. I took the matter up with Amazon and it appears they are not responsible for the content of the reviews. I can only say that having made a choice of this DVD at £3.99 (it has blue circles on it) it is all that anyone could desire, the picture is sharp, the colour is perfect and the sound presented no problems for my NHS hearing aids. There are no subtitles on this copy and I believe that is common for all other DVD copies. If you are looking and confused as I was, buy this one, you will not be disappointed. By the way, if you have never seen the film, I do envy you. You are in for a treat.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe lovely Audrey and the great Cary
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 14, 2018
To have two of my all-time favorite actors in one film is amazing. Despite the 25 year age gap Audrey and Cary make a great couple. I enjoyed the film and the supporting cast in the form of James Coburn, Walter Mathau and George Kennedy made this quite an en semele performance. The scene in the club where Cary tries to move the fruit from the older ladies chin to the next person is a comic classic.
The 2010 UCA release of this film is exactly what I have been looking for since acquiring, many years ago, a free copy distributed by a national Sunday newspaper, the quality of which was totally appalling (the dvd - not the newspaper - but, on second thoughts!) Consequently, it has not been played for some time. Charade is one of my all time favourites, but then there are not many Audrey Hepburn films that I dislike. The story-line, which is a little scary in places and has already been outlined, is thoroughly entertaining, following the attempts of several 'dubious' OSS war veterans to locate the whereabouts of US government bullion destined for the French Resistance, which went missing and is suspected to have been squirrelled away by Audrey Hepburn's character's late husband, one of the original team, after he double-crossed the others who were party to the theft. They all suspect her of knowing where the money is, which obviously she does not. The eventual outcome is quite intriguing yet simplistic. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended - particularly this release for picture and sound quality.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2012
Its been a long time coming but at last a reasonably good copy of Charade to watch...Its not up to the superb standard of the Blu Ray North By Northwest but a very good effort..it even looks like the trailer in the extras section has been cleaned up. As in the Blu Ray version of North by Northwest i actually noticed things i hadnt noticed in the poorer quality DVD versions. Not sure why a copy of the DVD version of Charade is included but i suppose it serves to make a comparison..
As for the film...well its simply wonderful, the script is witty and tight. Cary in one of his finest parts, having calmed down a bit from all the OTT acting of his early days and supported by some excellent actors relishing the chance to play some thoroughly nasty characters...
5.0 out of 5 starsLove this film and region free bluray
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2019
This film is brilliant, a classic and wonderful with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The bluray is region free, plays fine in my region A (US) players, picture good could be better but maybe due to the original film quality and perfect sound.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2013
Fantastic Stanley Donen movie , finally getting the picture and sound quality it deserves. Blu ray transfer is excellent (region free too), A nice Hichcockian adventure , Cary Grant was never better (except maybe in Hitchcock's North By Northwest) and there is real chemistry between him and Audrey Hepburn. Great supporting cast (including Walter Mattau and James Coburn) and excellent score by Heny Mancini. Will keep you guessing if you haven't seen it before, if you have seen it, you'll want to see it again. Decent enough price , not seen the Criterion version so can't compare, but if you just want the movie this is ideal. If you've only seen one of the public domain sub VHS versions, take a punt on this.