Charming Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) returns to her home in Paris from a
skiing holiday to find that her world had been turned upside down. To begin
with, her husband Charles is lying dead in the mortuary, murdered in cold blood.
Then, Inspector Edouard Grandpierre (Jaques Marin) of the French Police grills
her about a quarter of a million dollars her husband was supposed to have been
carrying. CIA agent Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) calls her in for questioning,
warning her that the money was stolen by Charles and his friends during World
War II and had to be returned to the United States Treasury. Regina doesnít have
the foggiest idea about the money.
As if this isnít enough, three seedy-looking characters who claim to be
Charlesí friends keep popping up unexpectedly, threatening her with dire
consequences if she does not disclose the whereabouts of the money. Nobody,
except the kindly Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) - a stranger who appears from
nowhere - seems to believe her innocence.
Suspicion and fear reign high as one by one Charlesí one-time partners in
crime are murdered. Peter too keeps her guessing about his identity. Chased,
threatened and frightened to death, Regina is left with no choice but to run,
which she does - but headlong into more trouble and danger. Faced with the
possibility of a cruel death, Regina is left wondering whom she could trust and
whether she would ever find out where Charles had stashed the
Running Time: 118 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR (Questionable for
It takes exceptional skills to produce a murder mystery that has the audience
on the edge for nearly two hours. Those fortunate to view this thrilling
Hollywood mystery will agree that director Stanley Donen was blessed with such
ability. Charades showcases Donen as an exceptional director with an
uncanny ability to bring out the best from his cast.
This is a murder
mystery with a difference. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, the
narrative has your mind on constant overdrive, trying to figure out how the plot
will unfold. More often than not, you are caught on the wrong foot. You start
guessing again - only to be outdone by another clever twist in the narrative.
Donenís job was made easy by the star-studded cast that includes Hollywoodís
best - stunningly beautiful Audrey Hepburn, debonair Cary Grant, rugged James
Coburn, gifted Jacques Marin and the inimitable Walter Matthau, to name a few.
Itís quite interesting to see a young looking James Coburn in a negative
role. Audrey Hepburn is at her scintillating best in this mystery about a young
widow who suddenly finds herself at the center of a life-threatening drama.
Hounded by goons, the police and the CIA, the woman is at a loss to prove that
she knows nothing about a quarter of a million dollars that her late husband had
stolen from the United States Army during World War II. With the threat of death
constantly looming over her, the lady has no choice but to trust an ageing but
dapper stranger who walks into her life from nowhere.
Donít miss this
high voltage drama that has a fair share of well-placed humor and romance thrown
in. Most people are left shaking their heads in amazement at the final twist in
this fast-paced narrative. Check it out. Youíll love it.
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Michelle West (San Antonio, Texas)
CAST & CREW:
James Coburn - Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy - Herman Scobie
Minot - Sylvie Gaudel
Ned Glass - Leopold W. Gideon
Paul Bonifas - Mr.
Felix (stamp dealer)
Gregoire Aslan - Insp. Edouard
Grandpierre (voice) (uncredited)
Stanley Donen - Man in elevator (voice)
Colin Drake - Ambassador Bartholemew (uncredited)
Harari - (uncredited)
Monte Landis - Master of ceremonies at Les Black Sheep
Bernard Musson - (uncredited)
Jacques Preboist -
Peter Stone - Man in elevator/Voice of Marine
Marc Behm - Writing
Charles Lang - Cinematography
James H. Ware - Associate
Jim Clark - Editor
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