The Truth About Charlie

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Overview

Fans of the 1963 thriller Charade will delight in Universal's star-studded remake The Truth About Charlie. This disc, while lacking in many groundbreaking extras, does contain one shining feature: the full-length version of Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this original film looks beautiful. The mono soundtrack is paltry compared to the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound found on the modern-day remake, but it still sounds adequate. On the main feature, "The ...
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Overview

Fans of the 1963 thriller Charade will delight in Universal's star-studded remake The Truth About Charlie. This disc, while lacking in many groundbreaking extras, does contain one shining feature: the full-length version of Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this original film looks beautiful. The mono soundtrack is paltry compared to the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound found on the modern-day remake, but it still sounds adequate. On the main feature, "The Making of 'The Truth About Charlie,'" is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes featurette with all the major players taking part. Thandie Newton talks about what fun it was to film this movie in Paris, while director/writer/producer Jonathan Demme explains why he wanted Newton in the title role. The featurette contains interviews, off-camera shenanigans, and scene shots from around Paris. Viewers even get to see off-camera fans drooling over Mark Wahlberg. In other features, there's a tiny collection of marginally enjoyable deleted scenes. Then there's a featured audio commentary with Demme, production notes, biographies, and the theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary with director Jonathan Demme; Thrilling deleted scenes; The making of The Truth About Charlie; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast & filmmaker biographies; Bonus movie: Charade (1963)
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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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • UPC: 025192282126
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,840

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
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
   Play
   Bonus Materials
      Bonus Movie!: The Original Hit Thriller Charade
      Feature Commentary With Director Jonathan Demme
      The Making of The Truth About Charlie
      Deleted Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Mark Wahlberg as Joshua Peters
         Thandie Newton as Regina Lambert
         Tim Robbins as Mr. Bartholomew
         Director Jonathan Demme
         Screenwriter Steve Schmidt
         Screenwriter Peter Joshua
         Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger
   Languages
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English 5.1 DTS
      Spanish/Español Dolby Surround
      French/Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Feature Commentary With Director Jonathan Demme
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      No Captions
   Scenes
Side #2 -- Bonus Movie: Charade
   Play
   Scenes
   Languages
      English Language
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      No Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Both new version and original version..."

    ...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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay But Not Great! Charade is Better!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Highly Entertaining, Fun Flick

    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.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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