CHARADE (1963) C widescreen 113m dir: Stanley Donen

w/Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Dominique Minot, Thomas Chelimsky

Sophisticated story with Hepburn meeting Grant just before she discovers her husband has been murdered. Some ex-cronies of his think he swindled them out of a quarter of a million dollars in gold. Now they think she knows where the loot is stashed. The ensuing game of "charade" is played out with wit and menace against a backdrop of marvelous European settings.

From Variety's review of the film: "Basically a suspenser of a chase film, Charade has several moments of violence but they are leavened with a generous helping of spoofery. Director Stanley Donen plays the taut tale [written by Peter Stone, based the story "The Unsuspecting Wife" by Marc Behm and Stone] against a colorful background of witty dialogue, humorous situations and scenic beauty. ...

"Fast-paced from the pretitle shot of a body tossed from a train to the finale under a theater stage, Charade seldom falters (amazing, considering its almost two-hour running time). Repartee between the two stars is sometimes subtle, sometimes suggestive, sometimes satirical but always witty."

From The Movie Guide: "CHARADE is a finely crafted thriller that has a lot to offer beyond its clever plot. The radiant Hepburn's romance with the suave Grant is delightfully handled; the Oscar-nominated theme song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer is superb; the location photography is exquisite and the rooftop fight scene between Grant and Kennedy is truly harrowing."