Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin
Criterion Collection widescreen; new anamorphic transfer with restored image and sound; French, English subtitles; audio commentary "A conversation with Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone"; "The Films of Stanley Donen" selected filmography, with an introduction by Donen biographer Stephen M. Silverman; Peter Stone's career highlights; cast/crew biographies; original theatrical trailer.
|Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, suave and sophisticated, comprise the most glamorous couple in film history. Together, they turned the 1963 spy thriller and romance "Charade" into one of the most pleasurable experiences to be had in a movie theater. With typical attention to quality, the cineastes of the Criterion Collection assembled this new DVD of "Charade," the first to offer the feature in the widescreen anamorphic format. But that don't mean a thing if the film don't zing. It does. Riding the crest of a Cold War-era spy craze stoked by the popularity of the James Bond novels and movies, "Charade" director Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone wrapped a love story in an espionage caper. Chic Parisian resident Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) is on the verge of divorcing her husband Charlie when she learns he's been murdered. Making matters worse, everything that the couple owned has disappeared from their apartment, and their bank account is empty. Into Reggie's life comes dapper, enigmatic Peter Joshua (Grant), quick of quip and fast to action. He's just in time, because nasty men are now pursuing Reggie in the belief that she knows where Charlie's fortune is hidden. It's frenzy and frolic with a seductive score by Henry Mancini, and a super cast including Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy.|