Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy
Director: Stanley Donen
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Hepburn meets Grant on a skiing trip in the Alps. When she returns home to Paris, she finds her apartment ransacked, her husband dead and crooks searching for a fortune they?re convinced she?s hiding. As she avoids the sin... more »
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Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 10/10/2009...
As far as mysteries/thrillers go, this movie is not bad at all. The plot is unpredictable and will take you on a wild ride.
It is not so much a "Who-dunnit" as a "Who's-the-bad-guy?" With plenty of plot and character twists you'll find yourself going, "Well is he a good guy or a bad guy?"
Great show that illustrates in a fun way that people are not always what they appear to be.
Another plus for this movie is its star studded cast. Even if you aren't big on classic films, these actors are hard not to love. I especially like Audrey Hepburn's performance as a widow on the edge of a nervous breakdown while simultaniously falling for the very guy who MIGHT have murdered her husband.
The film is a comedy, but not so much that will make the tension seem ludicrous. It is well worth watching.
Old Style Hollywood Glam in Gorgeous DVD Transfer
Mary C | Bay Area, CA USA | 02/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an exceptional DVD transfer of an exceptional movie. Criterion has done a magnificent job of restoring Charade to its colorful glory. The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The print is clear, crisp, and beautiful to behold. You feel as if you can reach out and touch the actors.And what actors! The film features the dashing older version of Cary Grant and the youthful gamine Audrey Hepburn, with enough chemistry between them to ignite a fireworks factory. The plot is a convoluted and flimsy trifle about cold war spy shenanigans, with cases of mistaken identity and episodes of grave danger for Miss Audrey. But Cary, the classic good guy in cad's clothing, is there to save the day. In addition to which he provides chaste romance that sizzles beneath the civility.Audio commentary is provided by director Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone. While interesting and funny in spots, it does drag a bit over the length of the film. It may be better to check it out when you find something in the film that you would like to hear dissected. Otherwise, you'd be better to stick with the delightful, corny dialogue spoken in the dulcet tones of Cary and Audrey. The soundtrack music is to also to be savored, done up in classic '60s spy movie style by the movie maestro Henry Mancini.If you have nothing to do on a rainy day and own a DVD player, this is the movie you want to have on hand to pop in the machine and deliver you from care. It's a keeper (and it comes in a keeper case!)."
I second the first review!
Robert S. Truesdell | 12/07/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon did indeed refund me for this DVD, but as above, be aware. This DVD is made from the same old lousy public domain print that you see on PBS every few months. This is a great film, and deserves a great copy. I'll be ordering the Criteria version soon (after x-mas shopping), and hope that lives up to expectations. This one doesn't even deserve to be on videotape!"
Criterion scores again!
L. Carter | 12/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this DVD for Christmas and I wasn't disappointed. Stanley Donen, director of musicals such as "Singin' In The Rain" starring Gene Kelly, brought together Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn (who looks luminous, as always) in this wonderfully-written story about a Parisian widow (Hepburn) who is being pursued by three dangerous men (two of which are played by George Kennedy - an excellent "heavy" - and James Coburn at his most menacing) who want to find out about a large sum of money her dead husband supposedly had. Grant is the helpful stranger but eventually you begin to wonder: is he working with these men? Does he want the money for himself? Or is he really the handsome, older man Audrey finds herself falling in love with?Enhanced by a lush score by the late Henry Mancini, photographed beautifully in Paris and containing first-rate acting and deliciously wicked dialogue by writer Peter Stone, "Charade" is a film that should be in every serious DVD collection. Grant is older but better, like fine wine, and Ms. Hepburn ... well there have been millions of words used to describe her and I can't add to them other than to say the world lost a marvelous talent at her death.You'll enjoy "Charade" for a long, long time."