Saturday, 26 April 2014

1963, Film: “Charade”

On 5 December 1963 the American romantic thriller "Charade" premieres in the USA. The film, directed by Stanley Donen and written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, stars Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. The film was entirely filmed on location in Paris and Megève. The musical score was written by Henry Mancini with animated titles by Maurice Binder. Charade received very positive reviews, it has been referred to as "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made."

At first Cary Grant, 59 at the time, turned down the role because he felt he would be too old pursuing the much younger Audrey Hepburn, 33 at the time. Screenwriter Peter Stone reworked the script by removing all of the romantically aggressive lines from Grant's character.
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Cary Grant
Regina "Reggie" Lampert (Audrey Hepburn), on a skiing holiday in Megève, tells her friend Sylvie Gaudel (Dominique Minot) that she will divorce her husband. Afterwards she meets a charming stranger, Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). When she returns to her flat in Paris she finds it completely empty. Police inspector Edouard Grandpierre (Jacques Marin) notifies her that Charles has been murdered...
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
Main Cast
  • Audrey Hepburn as Regina Lampert
  • Cary Grant as Brian Cruikshank (alias Peter Joshua, alias Alexander "Alex" Dyle, alias Adam Canfield)
  • Walter Matthau as Carson Dyle (alias Hamilton Bartholomew)
  • James Coburn as Tex Panthollow
  • George Kennedy as Herman Scobie
  • Thomas Chelimsky as Jean-Louis Gaudel
  • Dominique Minot as Sylvie Gaudel
  • Jacques Marin as Insp. Edouard Grandpierre
Jacques Marin
George Kennedy and Cary Grant
  • Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Edgar for Best Motion Picture: Peter Stone (US, 1964)
  • David di Donatello Award, Golden Plate For the artistic contribution: Universal Pictures (Italy, 1964)
  • BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actress: Audrey Hepburn (UK, 1965)

Charade Official Trailer (1963)

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