This is no game: it’s this week’s Movies You Have Not Seen But Should!
Welcome back to Movies You Have Not Seen But Should! For this week’s film, we will look at the 1963 romantic comedy Charade. The film’s stars include Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau and James Coburn.
The film centers around Regina “Reggie” Lampert (played by Hepburn) who gets caught up in a wild and crazy plot involving her deceased husband and a group of men who want to collect on some missing money. Reggie was actually planning to divorce her husband, at least this is what she tells her friend as they are on vacation skiing. On this vacation, she meets Peter Joshua (played by Grant) and finds him charming. When she returned home to Paris, she found out about her husband’s death. She also encountered several shady characters at the funeral.
Reggie is later informed by CIA administrator Harmon Bartholomew (played by Matthau) that the three men at the funeral, Tex Panthollow (played by Coburn) Herman Scobie (played by Georege Kennedy) and Leopold Gideon (played by Ned Glass) were a part of a scheme to steal money that was stolen during World War II. These three men, along with her husband and a fifth man named Carson Dyle were in on the plot. However, her husband double crossed the group and Tex, Herman and Leopold want the money and think she knows where the money is.
Peter meets back up with Reggie and reveals that he is actually Alexander Dyle, Carson’s brother. He believes that the others killed his brother and wants revenge. This in turn is proved to be false when it is revealed by Harmon that Carson Dyle had no brothers. Now, the man who claimed to be Peter Joseph and Alex Dyle now revealed that he was in fact Adam Canfield, professional thief. Reggie continues to trust him over the three men, which goes to show you how untrustworthy those three men were. Who ends up with the money? Who can be trusted? Is Adam Canfield really Adam Canfield or someone else? Who does Reggie end up with? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
The film was released in theaters on December 5, 1963. It got overwhelmingly favorable reviews including having a 91% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received numerous award nominations including Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in Musical/Comedy for Hepburn and Best Actor in Musical/Comedy for Grant. Henry Mancini got a Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for the title song.
Charade is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Netflix Instant Streaming. If you are a big Audrey Hepburn fan then you’ll love her in this film. If you enjoy mystery movies, then this is one to check out. It’s a great classic film that you may not have seen, but you should.