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. The supporting heavies include James Coburn, George Kennedy and Walter Matthau. 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.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn's sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.
Cast & Crew
- Universal Pictures
- © 1963 Universal Pictures, Inc. & Stanley Donen Films, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- English (Stereo, CC)
- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.