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Vintage Stanley Donen
- Kirsten I. Russell
Although CHARADE has been dubbed the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made, it didn't remind me of Hitchcock when I saw it in its initial release. I'd already seen REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST (seven times), and PSYCHO (at least twice). and I was already a passionate Bernard Herrmann fan. Along came CHARADE with Cary Grant playing a different, more mysterious character than he'd played in NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but CHARADE included Audrey Hepburn (my favorite actress since I'd seen her in THE NUN'S STORY), music by Henry Mancini (whose dramatic film music is distinctive in its own right--never struck me as imitation Herrmann), and another seasoned director with his own style, Stanley Donen. I loved CHARADE then and still do. Yes, it's a romantic comedy thriller, and so is NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but the main similarity between these two pictures is the general category of romantic comedy thriller, a genre not easy to pull off in a form as entertaining and (now) classic as those two pictures. But CHARADE is no Hitchcock in my view. It's vintage Stanley Donen!
- don letta
This perfect film offers proof-positive to the doubters, that Love in the Afternoon, would have been another perfect film, with Grant and Hepburn instead of aged cowhand Gary Cooper.
If you loved Wait Until Dark, you'll love Charade. Another stellar standout cast working all the angles in order to pull the wool over Audrey Hepburn's eyes - no pun to the aforementioned film. Cary Grant is prowling and fighting his way along roof lines once again. Hearing James Coburn trying to offer a southern accent behind his striking British cord - just a bit comical - is worth the ticket. Paris views add a highly desirable dimension to this witty mystery. This film gets it done.* Perhaps the most or should be noted things when both movies end is the maddened feeling that someone wasn't wise enough to do more of these types of films. Its fun with drama, romance, murder, intrigue and mystery-filled complete with some bold twists.... Exactly what everyone seeks in a film with such an outstanding cast.
Overall-4/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-4/5Score-5/5Titles-5/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
Charade is a very thrilling, suspenseful movie. Keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who is the real killer. An excellent movie for TCM to show the new generation that automatic weapons are not needed to create terror.
- Dashiell Barnes
An exciting & hilarious mix of genres. Grant & Hepburn sizzle on screen, each giving great performances, as do future Oscar-winners Coburn, Kennedy & Matthau. A witty screenplay that combines romance, suspense & humour, and the addition of Mancini's score propels the suspense. A perfectly balanced entertainment film. I give it a 4/5.
- Mr. Blandings
Enormously entertaining "Hitchcockian" comedy-thriller. Seeing this, it's no wonder Broccoli wanted Cary to play James Bond (and he would have, too, if he only had to sign on for one film instead of two)! Audrey Hepburn is also great in this, possibly her best film.
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn Splendid
- David Atkins
Universal was lucky indeed to have Cary Grant as its leading star in the 60's: Operation Petticoat, The Grass Is Greener,That Touch of Mink, Father Goose, and this brilliant film.(Cary Grant, Doris Day, and Ross Hunter anf their movies just about saved Universal with their movies!)Charade splendidly set in Europe has two of the most charismatic stars of their era Mr Grant and the ineffable Audrey Hepburn. Substance and Style...how they are missed!Supported by the fine Walter Matthau, this is a great movie representing a bygone era of Hollywood film making! Kudos to director Stanley Donen and Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, Henry Mancini.
Shades Of Hitchcock
- Bruce Reber
I have heard "Charade" (1963) with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn called the best Alfred Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never directed. It has all the trademarks of the master of suspense - a tense fast-paced plot, humor and great acting. It's fun watching Cary Grant (who starred in 4 Hitchcock films) and Audrey Hepburn being chased around Paris by bad guys trying to get their hands on the money that Hepburn's dead husband stole from them. Grant is his usual debonair self and Hepburn looks super chic in those Givenchy outfits. It's been about 5 years since I've seen it. Please put "Charade" back in your lineup TCM - you used to show it often.
- Jay Higgins
An outstanding classic, stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are in fine form and make a wonderful team. They have a genuine chemistry together. The movie is a joy from start to finish. The plot is fascinating with enough twists to keep you very interested. Expertly combines thrills, with humor, romance and comedy. Superb direction.
- amina adams
A REAL MURDER MYSTERY, FULL OF SUSPENSE AND ROMANCE. I LOVE CARY GRANT; HE WAS SO FUNNY WHENEVER HE GRUFFLY ACKNOWLEGED HIS LOVE FOR AUDREY AND THE UNIQUE WAY HE PROPOSED MARRIAGE TO HER. I EXHALED DEEPLY WHEN IT TURNED OUT HE WAS'NT A BAD GUY AFTER ALL. I LOVE THEM BOTH, CARY AND AUDREY.
- Abbie M
Charade is one of my favorite movies! My parents used to watch it when I was growing up, and they passed on their love of it to me! This is the movie that first introduced me to Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and I'm so glad it did! I love the romance, comedy, and thrills of this movie! If I had it my way, I would play it all the time!
Romantic, Comedy, Thriller - in that order
- seshadri chari
The dialogue is witty, clever and excellent. I have watched the movie several times, and I can't think of a single useless word spoken. Henry Mancini's music is timeless. Of course, Hepburn is the best; in fact, all the actors are good.
Top notch Hitch!
- Tony Correll
It has been stated that "Charade" was the best Alfred Hitchcock movie that he did NOT make. Many of his successful elements are employed here. Namely, mystery, suspense and Cary Grant. The chemistry here between Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn is remakable. Thank you once again Mr. Donen for a wonderful motion picture experience.
Charade rocks my face off!
- Oktavia Reynolds
This comedic suspense thriller combines the unforgettable talents of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. They have an amazing chemistry and this classic should not be missed by Cary and Audrey fans.