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Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband's funeral begin to harass her, Reggie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's going on is sort of confused."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Donen's typically slick comedy thriller, ingeniously scripted by Peter Stone, is a mammoth audience teaser."
‑ , Time Out
"A novel, auteur-driven film populated with reliably charismatic stars; even at the age of 50 it leaves most modern produce in the dust. It was also a hit. Five decades later, why has Hollywood not learnt their lesson?"
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Charming comedy-romance-thriller pairing Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, intelligently scripted by Peter Stone and directed in distinctly Hitchcockian style by Stanley Donen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Smooth Donen thriller showcasing Cary and Audrey."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A terrifically entertaining comedy-thriller."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"I tell you, this light-hearted picture is full of such gruesome violence."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn transcend several genres"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"even though the age difference is kinda weird the romance works"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Stanley Donen's stylishly elegant, largely entertaining romance-thriller teams Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn (then at the height of their careers) for the first and only time."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Firsttime teaming of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a natural, gives the sophisticated romantic caper an international appeal, plus the selling points of adventure, suspense and suberb comedy."
‑ Robert B. Frederick, Variety
"Made when the studio system was on its last legs, Charade still feels fresh, quick-witted, nothing like the artificial, airless Hollywood pictures of its time."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"It's glossy, charming, silly, and far too self-aware to be at all thrilling."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A smart Hitchcockian thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The star power of Cary and Audrey is electrifying in this great comic thriller"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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