• Charade (1963)


Release Date: December 5th, 1963

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 1997

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Cast: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas

Director: Stanley Donen

Genres: Thriller , Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures, Laserlight Entertainment, D3K Entertainment, Criterion Collection, Reel Media International [us], UAV Entertainment

Keywords: Suspenseful, Cool, Investigation, Police officer, 1960s, Office, Charming, Pursuit, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle

    Few thrillers create as much sheer joy and happiness as Charade, in which Cary Grant spoofs his Alfred Hitchcock persona, Audrey Hepburn exudes her usual magnetic charm, and Paris is as scenic as ever. [18 Jan 2018, p.E4]

  • 75
    Chris CabinSlant Magazine

    Shot by Charles Lang, one of the greatest American cinematographers to ever live, Charade is some sort of miraculous entertainment, self-aware and self-parodying yet never distancing or detached. Hepburn is the audience’s funny and flighty proxy, allowing us the great pleasure of being seduced by Grant’s unpredictable charmer. show more

  • 75
    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm

    This sounds a bit like Hitchcock, but Charade—written by Peter Stone and directed by Stanley Donen—isn’t nearly interested enough in humanity’s dark side to qualify. The movie just wants to have fun. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Nominated Music (Song)