Charade (1963) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –
Alfred Hitchcock directed some of the most memorable pictures ever made. His work ranges from the “Best Picture” winner Rebecca (1940) to the frightening classic Psycho (1960).  However, this film review is for “the greatest Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made”!  That is because Charade (1963) contains the mystery and suspense of a Hitchcock classic even though he personally never made it.  Nevertheless, this film remains a truly remarkable thriller.
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Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant excel in their leading roles. This film contains the right combination of romance, mystery, and thrills to tell a story that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats until the very end.  Part of the success of this film relies in how everything in this film is very subjective.  Such deceit prompts audiences to keep guessing which characters to trust until the finale.  Indeed, this film is much like the term “charade” because of all of the secrets and lies that the characters have to utilize just to survive.
Some people have criticized this film because of the idea that Cary Grant was simply too old to play the male lead.  Nevertheless, Grant still delivers a performance that keeps the hearts of viewers racing until the very end.  Cary Grant’s performance here is very similar to his classic role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959).  Audrey Hepburn would later go on to play a variety of roles, including Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964), and have another suspenseful role in Wait Until Dark (1967).  Part of what makes a film great is its timelessness, and it is clear that this film will stand the test of time even though Hitchcock had no involvement in this picture.

Charade (1963) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Audrey Hepburn changes her hat
Take a Drink: whenever the little boy named Jean-Louis Gaudet behaves obnoxiously
Drink a Shot: during every tense and suspenseful moment, and cheers when the film reaches its thrilling conclusion!

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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