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The first shot of Charade shows a pistol swinging ominously into a close-up - and Audrey Hepburn gets a squirt of water right in the eye. And so it goes: Charade is an elegant thriller that manages to spoof its genre while at the same time being uncommonly suspenseful. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are the ideal leads for keeping their cool under preposterous twists in a deadly chase through Parisian environs; there are five corpses; the red-herrings are incalculable; the gowns are by Givenchy; the percussive score is by Henry Mancini; and the point of the whole thing is style and wit for their own sake, and what better sake is there? Charade, in its own way, is one of the most radical and experimental films of the '60s.


  • Cary Grant
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Walter Matthau
  • James Coburn
  • George Kennedy
  • Dominique Minot
  • Ned Glass
  • Jacques Marin
  • Paul Bonifas
  • Thomas Chelimsky

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  • In the scene where Audrey Hepburn is smoking a cigarette alone in her empty apartment, and Cary Grant enters, the backs of his ears had to be covered with masking tape, since the backlighting made them appear red.
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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]

Metacritic review by G. Allen Johnson
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

Josh Larsen