REMAKE OF THE 1963 ROMANTIC THRILLER, CHARADE, A WIDOW IS CHASED AROUND PARIS BY MANY SUITORS ALL AFTER ONE THING. SHEKNOWS WHERE HER CROOKED DEAD HUSBAND HID ALL OF HIS ILLEGAL CASH. ITS ALL A GAME UNTIL ONE MAN SEES HER ... more »FOR MORE THAN HER MONEY.DVD BONUS INCLUDES ORIGINAL 1963 MOVIE« less
Dawn M. from LEESVILLE, LA Reviewed on 1/1/2010...
Fast action. good mystery.
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Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ Reviewed on 6/4/2008...
This has the movie Charade on the other side. It explains it all. The orginal movie was much better done than the remake.
What ever this movie the remake was trying to be, it seemed to try to be funny,romantic, dark, a thriller. It was funny in a Pulp fiction way, unbelieveable that Thandie Newtons character would be so gullible to get romantically involved with a stranger. She proves to be smarter than she is given credit for. The plot moves along, quickly, There are some good twists. I think the 2 quirkiest things was a dancing scene, and they did scenes about what the character images could happen. That made it unique, and maybe that is it appeal, that it wasnt trying to be somebody else's movie.
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A Surprise Bonus Included With This One !
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think most of the previous reviewers are venting their displeasure at the excellent CHARADE being remade. Nothing could measure up to the original in their minds, and this one doesn't. The DVD comes with CHARADE as well as the remake. The bonus is that the audio and video on CHARADE is vastly superior to the currently-available DVD (except perhaps the expensive Criterion edition), so those who love CHARADE may want to purchase Truth About Charlie just to get a terrific CHARADE ! !By the way, it's a 2-sided disc with a movie on each side, not 2 discs. Three stars for Truth About Charlie and 5 for CHARADE - 4 stars overall."
EgusHdus | Hua Hin, Thailand USA | 09/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So many complain that this film must be compared to a sickly sweet '60's original...no way!Do you like Jean Reno? "The Truth About Charlie" is a film in his genre. Enjoy "The Transporter"?Accept this as a wonderfully dynamic, visually stimulating film that stands on it's own. I was thoroughly enthralled, straining to catch every twist, and nuance. Particularly interested in how the film was not "dumbed down" for the American audience, example, scenes would often start for a sentence or two in French then casually transition to English. The "feeling" was there, and you knew, you just knew what they were saying....you "got it". You never lost the Euro feel and I loved the location filming in Paris.The plot is completely unpredictable and you need to sit still right through the credits to get the full effect. Subtle humor, unusual (and well-done) camerawork, surrealistic appearances of French pop singers. This is a wonderful film.Avoid watching it the first time if you have noisy kids, inattentive spouses or other distractions. You will not want to blink."The Truth About Charlie" is one for your collection."
Not the original but still decent
G. Jennings | Outside | 02/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While it doesn't have the same charm as Grant and Hepburn's "Charade", it does stand out in it's own right. Thandie Newton's character comes home one afternoon to find her house ransacked and her husband, Charlie, dead. The French Police, three assailants, an official from the OSD as well as a handsome love interest, charmingly played by Wahlberg, approach her looking for a valuable item which they believe her late husband left in her possession.
Overwhelmed by the onslaught of events and mysterious visitors popping up into her life, Newton becomes desparately confused over who she can trust. It is equally as confusing for the viewer when the name switches start happening more rapidly. Despite it all, the movie is very stylish with a great soundtrack. Newton and Wahlberg's chemistry works very well on screen.
Worth the watch."
One of my all-time favorite movies
C. Weichel | Pennsylvania | 09/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those that love classical movies, this review is not for you. Watch the original. For those of you who, like me, find the old "classics" slow and contrived, this is the fast-paced modern version you should watch. Its got a touch more realism (but still an escapist adventure), a much better soundtrack, and a cast that I found to be more interesting across the board. Hepburn is too haughty, Grant is too old for her, and both the bad guys and the Paris police are more fun in the new one. The original, while very well-written, still comes off a typical Hollywood 60s product. The remake, an edgy take on a clever story with great twists, is superior. Its a shame everyone else reviewing on here seems to be classical fans looking for the same old product."