Charade (1963)

As much as I hate restating what others have said, I must agree: “Charade is the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.

The cast is extraordinary, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starring. The supporting characters, anchored by Oscar winners George Kennedy, James Coburn, and Walter Matthau, really enhance the action.

And the action is superb. There is $250,000 missing, and five bad guys plus Cary Grant think Audrey Hepburn knows where it is. (Her husband was killed on a train, and he was supposed to have had it).

Audrey Hepburn falls in love with Cary Grant, then mistrusts him, then back in love, then back to not trusting. He goes through five or six different names.

The bad guys, though, start turning up dead. Then everything goes to hell. People you thought were crooks turn out to be legit, and vice versa, and there is so incredibly little I can say about this film without spoilers.

I’ll say this: I have seen a lot of films this year, and I can’t think of many I’ve enjoyed more. If you trust me, get a big bowl of popcorn, a nice big beverage, and enjoy. I had a blast with “Charade.” I hope you will too.

Grade: A

(note: Director Stanley Donen apparently screwed up with the copyright, meaning “Charade” is available free on Hulu, etc.)

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12 Responses to “Charade (1963)”

  1. My favorite movie of all time!

  2. Oh yay, thanks for letting me know it’s on Hulu! I’ve been wanting something to reward myself with tonight if I get certain stuffs done today. The nice beverage and a bowl of popcorn sounds grand also!

  3. Great, great movie. I would really love to have the conversational timing of Cary Grant. And the looks.

    • tomzone Says:

      Agreed. Cary Grant is one of the few men with a Clooney factor over 100. (I’m around 21, on a good day)

  4. Never fails to please!!

  5. I saw this movie at a drive-in in Lake Tahoe when I was a kid. And I’ve said too much now about my age…. But it was over my head back then, adult in a very snappy, witty way. (I don’t think my parents understood it either.) I was glad to rediscover it 30 years later, when I had kids. They couldn’t understand the plot or the repartee either. Which was fine!

    • tomzone Says:

      I don’t know at what age one gets this film, but I loved it. I can’t believe I had never seen it before last night.

  6. Christina Says:

    It’s free??? I need to watch this! Somehow I’ve gone over 26 years without knowing about this film!

    I will watch it soon and report back to you, sir.

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