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Truth About Charlie

The Truth About Charlie

3.2 5
Director: Jonathan Demme,

Cast: Jonathan Demme, Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins


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Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Charade through the influence of the French New Wave in this stylish romantic thriller. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) has been having second thoughts about her marriage to the often enigmatic art dealer Charlie (Stephen Dillane), and decides to take a vacation without him, where


Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Charade through the influence of the French New Wave in this stylish romantic thriller. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) has been having second thoughts about her marriage to the often enigmatic art dealer Charlie (Stephen Dillane), and decides to take a vacation without him, where she meets Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg), a handsome and charming American who seems quite taken with her. When Regina returns home to Paris, she receives the startling news that her husband has been murdered; however, even more disturbing is her discovery that her husband had a secret life which involved several passports under different identities, and a missing six million dollars. Police official Commandant Dominique (Christine Boisson) seems to believe that Regina is somehow involved in the crime, while U.S. embassy representative Mr. Bartholomew (Tim Robbins) breaks the news to Regina that her late husband was actually a secret agent involved in some very shady operations. Three mysterious and dangerous figures who had ties to Charlie -- Emil Zadapec (Ted Levine), Lola Jansco (Lisa Gay Hamilton), and Il-Sang Lee (Joong-Hoon Park) -- also arrive in Paris, convinced that Regina knows where her husband stashed the money and determined to get their hands on it. Meanwhile, as Regina's life becomes increasingly chaotic and dangerous, Joshua arrives in Paris and a romance begins to blossom between them, but while he seems determined to do whatever he can to help her, Regina soon has reason to doubt that Joshua's motives are as pure as they seem. Shot on location in Paris, The Truth About Charlie also features cameo appearances from a number of legendary French actors and filmmakers, including Charles Aznavour, Anna Karina, and Agnès Varda.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme’s remake of the 1963 Stanley Donen film Charade is slightly darker and edgier than the original, but it’s equally fascinating and similarly outfitted with surprising plot twists. After meeting dashing Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg) while on vacation in Martinique, Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) returns to Paris to find both her apartment and her bank account empty, and her husband, Charlie (Stephen Dillane), murdered. A trio of Charlie’s shady associates (Joong-Hoon Park, Ted Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton) begin shadowing her in hopes of recovering some missing cash that the dead man supposedly hoarded. Joshua unexpectedly turns up to lend aid, but disturbing information about him surfaces to undermine Reggie’s trust. Although events unfold in typically picturesque French locations, cinematographer Tak Fujimoto casts much of the proceedings in gray, subliminally emphasizing the story’s ambiguities. Neither white nor black, Charlie plays out in a bleak, shadowy urban landscape where nothing is as it seems. Newton, the former model previously seen in Mission: Impossible II, makes a charming and endearing heroine, and Wahlberg is surprisingly effective as the enigmatic Joshua. Demme’s direction is finely calibrated; it stresses mystery and intrigue but also leavens the story with welcome dollops of wry humor and exotic romance. In a welcome treat, the DVD edition includes the original Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, for comparison purposes.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Jonathan Demme abandons his usual style for this remake of Charade populated with references and tributes to the films of Truffaut, Godard, and the rest of the French New Wave. Those unfamiliar with that movement may have a hard time connecting with the movie, but the strong presence, intelligence, and composure of Thandie Newton makes this film worthwhile for those less familiar with film history. The movie is as much a love letter to her as it is to French film, photographing her beautifully and allowing her to own the screen with her sophisticated beauty. Newton's work is certainly equal to, if not better than, Hepburn's star turn in Charade. Sadly, this is a film about film more than it is about people. Arguably the most humanist director since Jean Renoir, Demme's sympathetic eye for the quirky is of no use in this setting. He is left to do little more than play the cinematic version of "Name That Tune" with the loving allusions to his favorite films, and savor the superb performance from Newton. The work of a great director spinning his wheels, The Truth About Charlie is certainly entertaining for anyone who will appreciate the cameo appearances by Charles Aznavour and Anna Karina.
New York Times
Most of the film's allure comes from the sensual, butter-voiced Thandie Newton; with her, Mr. Demme has found the 21st-century corollary to Audrey Hepburn. Elvis Mitchell
Washington Post
Elegant, dark, alluring, frightening, mesmerizing.
Hollywood Reporter
One of those movies where you have to believe everyone had a ball making the film. Kirk Honeycutt

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Release Date:
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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Joshua Peters
Thandie Newton Regina Lambert
Tim Robbins Mr. Bartholomew
Park Joong-Hoon Il-Sang Lee
Ted Levine Emil Zadapec
Lisa Gay Hamilton Lola Jansco
Christine Boisson Commandant Dominique
Stephen Dillane Charlie
Simon Abkarian Lt. Dessalines
Frederique Meininger Madame du Lac
Charles Aznavour Himself
Anna Karina Herself
Magali Noël Mysterious Woman in Black
Sakina Jaffrey Sylvia
Wilfred Benaiche Toy Store Manager
Olga Sekulic Junior Military Officer
Pierre Carre Bistro Singer
Sotigui Kouyaté Dealer Prophete
Agnès Varda The Widow Hyppolite
Françoise Bertin Woman on Train
Saian Supa Crew Themselves
James Brooks Jordan Castor

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Neda Armian Co-producer
Jessica Bendinger Screenwriter
Aline Bonetto Set Decoration/Design
Mishka Cheyko Asst. Director,Co-producer
Bertrand Clercq-Roques Art Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Peter Joshua Screenwriter
Michel Kharat Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Carol Littleton Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Delphine Mabed Art Director
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Peter Saraf Producer
Edward Saxon Producer
Steve Schmidt Screenwriter
Francoise Combadiere Stern Casting
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Ford Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Main Titles [2:27]
2. Goodbye, Charlie [1:50]
3. Regina's New Friend [3:48]
4. The Window Lambert [16:09]
5. Six Million Dollars [4:17]
6. Very Dangerous People [4:32]
7. Elevator Assault [2:12]
8. Dinner and Aznavour [4:06]
9. Mr. Dyle [3:55]
10. Bartholomew's Story [3:28]
11. Meet Mr. Dyle [4:37]
12. The 11:20 to London [4:02]
13. Charlie's Mother [1:01]
14. Nothing to Hide [2:36]
15. The Devil of Deception [4:08]
16. Stamps [5:20]
17. Run for the Money [4:12]
18. The Real Dyle [6:52]
19. Lewis' Lucky Day [11:28]
20. Quand Tu M'aimes (End Titles) [4:10]
Side #2 -- Bonus Movie: Charade
1. Main Titles [3:10]
2. On the Slopes [4:25]
3. Charles Is Gone [5:55]
4. Nothing Left [5:27]
5. The American Embassy [8:03]
6. Threats [8:33]
7. The Bad Guys [9:22]
8. A History Lesson [3:21]
9. Being Followed [5:22]
10. On the Roof [7:34]
11. Room Search [5:58]
12. Poor Old Herman [7:45]
13. A River Cruise [5:03]
14. Narrowing it Down [9:36]
15. The Stamps [6:21]
16. Mr. Bartholomew [11:31]
17. Under the Stage [2:50]
18. The Treasury Dept. [2:57]


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The Truth About Charlie 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Truth About Charlie is a remake of the Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn movie Charade and while it is an okay movie it is not anywhere near as good as Charade and is kind of boring and pretentious and also kind of disjointed. The acting by Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg and Tim Robbins is very good but it can't make up for a disjointed plot and the trio of villains just can't comapre to the villains in the original who were played by James Coburn, George Kennedy and Ned Glass and in this remake I found the bad guys very annoying especially the hypochondriac guy! I bought the Truth about Charlie DVD that includes as an extra feature an anamorphic widescreen version of the original Charade and is on the B side of the disc and it is in good condition with excellent picture quality and I would watch Charade again but not The Truth About Charlie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great. It was one of the most entertaining movies I have seen i a while. The first five minutes surprised me for a PG-13 film, but the nudity is over quick.
dprefer More than 1 year ago
...were on the dvd I bought. The original was with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Both versions are really good and very much worth the watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most critics thought that this film was just a waste of time, which might be true since it has none of the humanity and hidden messages of survival of something as, say, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, or even Demme's own more famous films: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and PHILADELPHIA. The problem with this movie is that it is a remake from CHARADE, which was an excellant film. Faced with this, it is almost impossible to make a better film that the original, and Jonathan Demme, the director, seems to know this. Instead of having some emotional film has put together this fun and entertaining flick. Regina Lambart's (Thandie Newton) husband has died, and left behind a good sum of money that he was supposed to deliver somewhere or another, but stole. Now his old partners are after him and the money, which is somewhere with Reggie. Mark Whalberg was cast stupidly in this movie, and he brings it down. Luckily, though, most of the flick does not focus on him, but on Reggie, and Newton is by far more amusing to watch. Tak Fujimoto's camera work is a bit bizarre, but it adds to the overall flavor of the movie. Personally, I enjoyed this movie, despite being a remake and featuring Mark Whalberg, who is close in my actor hatred scales to Ben Affleck. Jonathan Demme is a very skilled director, and he pulls this one off in a fun way, which is all that it was meant to be: FUN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago