Charade, 1963

Charade, 1963 - Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn

I just couldn’t kick the hankering for a classic spy movie, and since James Bond wasn’t available, I figured Charade was the next best thing. WRONG. It was the BEST thing. I forgot how much I love this movie! It’s packed full of mystery, style, quirky characters (the quirkiest!), intrigue, and romance. It’s well deserving of the movie promoter’s favorite phrase: There’s somethin’ for everyone!

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Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) has escaped with a friend to a mountain resort where she confesses she’s been considering leaving her husband Charles. After all their years of marriage, she hardly knows him and it seems to her that he’s living a double life. But Regina doesn’t get the chance to divorce her husband. When she returns home, she discovers he has been killed, and learns from an American CIA agent (Walter Matthau) that Charles was actually a spy and had hidden a fortune from a group of rough-and-tumble war buddies who were out to find the money no matter the cost.

A mysterious man (Cary Grant) whom she had met during her vacation seems to be the only one she can trust as she launches her own investigation to find Charles’s money and evade the scary men who are also after the fortune. But soon she begins to suspect his motives as well.

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Charade is often mistaken for a Hitchcock film, and though directed by Stanley Donen, it does bear the marks of what we all love about a good Hitchcockian thriller- amiable characters, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful moments, witty dialogue, and two people who fall in love during the midst of personal crises. Hepburn’s character is delightfully doused with the perfect amount of quirkiness (she never stops stress-eating throughout the entire story), innocence, and remarkable drive to delve into a dangerous investigation. Cary Grant is charming as usual, albeit a bit too old to be playing Hepburn’s romantic counterpart. But enjoyable nonetheless. They don’t have the best chemistry in this movie, but not everyone can be Grace Kelly, I suppose!

All-in-all, Charade is a tremendously enjoyable film I always recommend, even to those who aren’t usually into “old movies.” I promise, it will not disappoint. Charade is available to watch instantly on Amazon right here.

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11 Responses

  1. Chloe Moon says:

    Such a great movie!! It is my aunt’s favorite so I’ve seen it several times! I love Cary Grant!! =)

  2. Sarah says:

    Mandi, I love, love, LOVE this movie! One of my all time favorites. My family loves to quote it: “Poor Herman,” “I think that’s what you ordered,” “You fell for it like an egg from a tall cheeken!” So many more great lines.

  3. Excellent movie choice!

  4. Meredith says:

    One of my absolute favorites! My mom introduced me to this movie when I was young and I’ve loved it since. I love all of her hats in this film. Especially the leopard one.

  5. Sarah says:

    great pick! I LOVE this movie! So clever

  6. Laura says:

    oh my, i need to watch this again soon! love it! x

  7. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been spying this movie on netflix and will most likely watch it the next time I watch a movie.

  8. mandie says:

    We watched this a few months ago & really enjoyed it. :)

  9. Kellie says:

    LOVE this movie soo much!

  10. Kristian says:

    I always find it so interesting that Grant was so apprehensive about the age gap that they rewrote things to make Hepburn the pre-suer

  11. I adore this movie so much. It is so great. I think I can watch it a couple times a year.