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"Charade" (1963)

"Charade" (1963) has the mystery, thrills, and even some of the ghoulishness of a Hitchcock film. But it was directed by musical-comedy master Stanley Donen, and thus has a bit of a lighter, humorous, romantic approach - making it a delightfully fun movie.

While living in Paris, American Reggie Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) is told that her husband has been murdered. She meets Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) who offers to help. Friendly government agent - I mean administrator - Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) warns Reggie that her late husband helped steal $250,000 during the war, and that the rest of the gang is looking for where the money went. No one - not even Reggie - has a clue where it is. Three mysterious men who appeared at her husband's funeral start harassing Reggie. When Bartholemew's information starts contradicting with everything Joshua tells her, and when more people begin to drop dead around them, Reggie isn't sure who she can trust anymore...

"Charade" is stylish fun, with many cunning twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Audrey Hepburn is adorable, and she is paired perfectly with Cary Grant. James Coburn, Ned Glass, and George Kennedy play the sinister mis-matched gang. The script is by Peter Stone, from a story by Stone and Marc Behm. The music is by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini, who were nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Song."

Remade in 2002 as "The Truth About Charlie" - but stick with the original.

- Steve Lee
6 August 2006

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