Watching Charade (Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant)

After the delightful Love in the Afternoon, we’re in our Audrey Hepburn mood now.

So we are watching yet another Audrey Hepburn flick.

Today’s pick is the 1963 film Charade. It’s available on Netflix’ Instant Play, which means you don’t have to wait for the DVD to come by mail and can play it instantly on TV through a broadband connection.

Besides Audrey Hepburn, Charade features Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy.

We are not sure which was our last Cary Grant movie. But in the last couple of years, we’ve seen Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief (with the beautiful Grace Kelly) and His Girl Friday (alongside Rosalind Russell). Both were decent movies.

Charade is directed by Stanley Donen based on the screenplay by Peter Stone.

If the folks on Wiki have it right, the 2003 Hindi film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne featuring our two Bollywood bΓƒΒͺtes noires Zayed Khan and Esha Deol. Ugh (sound of screams)!

We’ll update this post after watching Charade.

By the way, the 1-hour 53-minute movie is in color (we watched a few minutes already πŸ˜‰ )

Nice twist at the end of this murder thriller.

No, we ain’t telling you what it is.

Audrey Hepburn plays Regina Lampert, whose husband Charles is murdered at the beginning of the movie.

Not only is Regina now left with few resources, but she also has to contend with three hardcore toughies, who believe she’s privy to the whereabouts of the $250,000 her husband was trying to con them out of. Constantly at her heels for the money, the trio threaten to kill her if they don’t get the money quickly.

As the movie moves along, more men keep getting popped off.

And just who the hell is Regina’s new friend Peter Joshua a.k.a Alexander Dyle a.k.a Adam Canfield really? What is his gameplan really?

Playing the role of a recent widow scared witless and unsure of whom to trust but seemingly sure of her love for her new friend, Audrey Hepburn is an absolute delight to watch, as ever, even as she describes the CIA as the CIO. In one of the nice moments of the movie, she says more seriously than in jest:

Any moment now, we could be assassinated.

Charade is overall a decent movie definitely worth a watch if you can lay your hands on the DVD.

By the way, why was Audrey Hepburn acting with all those old fogies like Humphrey Bogart (Sabrina), Cary Grant (Charade) or Gary Cooper (Love in the Afternoon)? Weren’t there any youngsters around her age then?

3 Responses to "Watching Charade (Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant)"

  1. gnair91   July 20, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    given up on Rajnikanth? Responds:

    Oh, no. It’s still 9:52 PM on Monday here in the U.S.

    By tomorrow, we meant some time on Tuesday U.S. Eastern Time not IST.

    Maybe, we should have clarified that in the Rajnikanth post.

  2. guruprasad.s   July 21, 2009 at 2:52 am

    There are some nice lines in Charade.

    Audrey: You are blocking my view.
    Grant: Which view would you prefer ?
    Audrey: The one that you are blocking. Responds:

    Yes, this one at the beginning was nice.

  3. ratnakar   July 22, 2009 at 6:39 am

    The 2002 flick The Truth About Charlie starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton was a remake of Charade. It was quite a decent movie, Mark Wahlberg did well, and while Thandie Newton is no Audrey Hepburn, she put in a good performance too.

    It was bad enough remaking Charade in Bollywood, but putting Zayed “Khan”t-Act-To-Save-My-Life,and “Eeek”sha Deol, in lead roles was nothing short of Blasphemy. It was a sacrilege. The only other time i experienced such feelings of “sacrilege” was watching, Aftab Shivadasani-Celina Jaitley, do the roles of Sean Penn-Naomi Watts in the horrendous “remake” of 21 Grams called Red. Is there any law by which we can file a defamation suit, against such movie makers, for not only insulting the original movie’s memories, but also the performances of it’s lead actors. Responds:

    We have seen Thandie Newton in a few movies including Crash. She’s alright but just no patch on Audrey Hepburn.

    As for Zayed Khan and Eesha Deol, God was in a foul mood and obviously time-constrained when he made these two bumbling creatures.

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