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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Charade_4638.jpg]]께A 1963 {{Comedy}} {{Thriller}} directed by Stanley Donen, starring Creator/AudreyHepburn and Creator/CaryGrant and featuring Creator/WalterMatthau, Creator/GeorgeKennedy and Creator/JamesCoburn.께Regina "Reggie" Lampert (Hepburn) is getting ready for life as a divorcee when she finds out that her husband is dead. When the police question her she finds that he has multiple passports each with different aliases, and that he was holding on to $250,000 [[note]]which in 2013 money, is roughly $1,850,000[[/note]] which is unaccounted for. During the funeral, three suspicious people she's never seen before come to visit the body. She is then called to the embassy, where she finds out that during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII her husband was part of a group of soldiers chosen to deliver some gold across enemy lines. However, instead of delivering the gold to LaResistance as planned, the soldiers hid it somewhere, with plans to come back after the war and have it for themselves. Her husband, however, got greedy and came back early, taking all the gold for himself. Now the other three soldiers will do anything to get it back.께While this is happening, Reggie also has a chance meeting with a man who calls himself Peter Joshua (Grant), whom she enters into a romance with. However, Peter is not who he appears to be, and their meeting wasn't random at all...께Remade in 2002 by Creator/JonathanDemme (''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'') as ''Film/TheTruthAboutCharlie'', with Creator/MarkWahlberg and Creator/ThandieNewton. No connection to the 1984 animated short ''WesternAnimation/{{Charade}}''.께----!!This film provides examples of:* AfterActionPatchup: Regina treats Peter's back after his fight with Scobie.* AgonizingStomachWound: The associates of [[spoiler:Carson Dyle]] left him to die after he suffered one of these. However, he survives and goes after them.* ArtisticTitle: [[https://youtu.be/e6obTyQcG64 Courtesy of Maurice Binder and Henry Mancini.]] * BalconyEscape: Cary Grant's character follows Scobie out the window and across a few balconies. * BigEater: Reggie orders food and/or is eating food in most of her scenes and is commented on it by others.* BigThinShortTrio: Scobie (big), Tex (thin), and Gideon (short).* ChekhovsGun: The letter from Charles Lampert. When the policeman hands it over to Reggie, he describes it: "one letter, stamped but unsealed, addressed to you." [[spoiler:Much later, we hear that the stamps on it are worth $250,000.]]* ColdOpen: The very first scene of the movie features a man's body (later identified as Reggie's murdered husband) getting thrown off of a train.* ContrivedCoincidence: Just when Cary Grant's character and Tex have understood that [[spoiler:the stamps are worth $250,000 and they have noticed that Reggie removed them from the envelope]], Jean-Louis is exchanging them at the [[spoiler:stamp]] market.* CreatorCameo: The young man in the elevator talking about a poker game is two cameos at once: played by screenwriter Peter Stone with the dubbed voice of Stanley Donen.* DeadpanSnarker: Cary Grant, of course. Endlessly. For example, when Regina points out he's used the "divorce" line about his "Peter Joshua" identity, he quips, "I'm just as difficult to live with."* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Scobie]] and [[spoiler:Tex]].* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Cary Grant's]] character constantly seems to change sides, turning from TheMole to ReverseMole to DoubleAgent and eventually to Double Reverse Quadruple Agent.* DrivingADesk: Scenes of Reggie and Cary Grant's character riding cars and a boat have rear-projection effects. When they ride the boat through tunnels, their dialogue has an echo effect added for realism.* DudeMagnet: Reggie claims to be this when teasing Cary Grant in the "shower" sequence.* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:Scobie, Gideon and Tex]] are killed off one by one. [[spoiler:Scobie is drowned in a bathtub, Gideon has his throat slit in an elevator, and Tex has a plastic bag placed over his head, where he suffocates.]]* DyingClue: [[spoiler: Tex writes "Dyle" on the carpet before he suffocates. Currently, it provides the TropeImage.]]* EiffelTowerEffect: Famous monuments of Paris are showed: Notre-Dame and the Arc de Triomphe.* ElevatorActionSequence: It happens offscreen, but [[spoiler:Dyle takes control of Gideon's elevator, then enters and slashes Gideon's throat]].* EurekaMoment: Tex and then Peter have one upon realizing [[spoiler:the missing money has been converted to the stamps.]]* EvilIsPetty: Scobie, whose impatience to seize the money lead him to get in a fight with Cary Grant's character. [[spoiler:He calls up Regina and blabs about Cary Grant's identity in order to spite him and set him back despite the fact that they technically share goals]].* {{Facepalm}}: When Regina asks if Cary Grant's character is married the second time, and he says yes...she does this, as if knowing darn well the punch line's coming.* {{Fanservice}}: Reggie's intense propositioning of Cary Grant's character. Seriously, how many men ''dream'' of Audrey Hepburn throwing herself at them like that?--which Audrey herself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]:[[note]]Grant himself stipulated that Hepburn be the one chasing him, knowing their age difference would make it creepy the other way around.[[/note]]--> '''Reggie:''' ''(Leaning back against the door)'' This is a ludicrous situation--[[DudeMagnet I can think of a dozen men who are just LONGING to use my shower....]]--> '''Cary Grant:''' So ask one of them.--> '''Reggie:''' ''(Eyes twinkling)'' I ''dare'' you...!* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Played for laughs. Reggie and Peter are going through her late husband's luggage to see if they can find something valuable enough for him to have been murdered for. They find a tin of what appears to be tooth powder, but she suspects might be heroin; at her urging, he does the test... and concludes that either it's peppermint-flavoured heroin or it really is tooth powder.* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: As Reggie and Peter finish sharing their first conversation, Reggie asks, "...wasn't it [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] who said, 'When strangers do meet, they should ere long see one another again'?" Peter replies that he can tell that's not a real Shakespeare quote because, "It's terrible."* FollowThatCar: {{Exploited|Trope}} by Reggie. She is followed by Cary Grant's character. When she gets out of the hotel, she asks a taxi to go anywhere, but she does not get in and she hides in the shadow. When Cary Grant's character arrives, he sees the taxi leaving, so he hails another taxi and asks him to follow that car.* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler: Or is it fourth identity marriage?]]* GottaKillThemAll: Combined with RoaringRampageOfRevenge. [[spoiler: Carson Dyle killing off the members of his squad who'd left him to be captured by Germans after he'd been shot.]]* GracefulLoser: When [[spoiler: the stamp collector realizes that a child has given him the most valuable stamps in the world, he realizes there's been a mistake, sends him off with several sheets of stamps, and holds the real stamps until Reggie arrives, when he graciously explains the mistake and hands them over, happy to have held them for even a short while.]]* HappilyEverAfter: In the end, Brian Cruikshank implicitly proposes to Reggie (he talks about a marriage license). Reggie does not realizes immediately, then goes wild with joy.* HiddenInPlainSight: The $250,000 turned out to be [[spoiler: a set of antique stamps on a letter that had been among Charles Lampert's possessions.]]* HookHand: Scobie, who is not shy about using it to intimidate and attack the heroes. He even has a spare one in his suitcase.* IHaveManyNames: The [[spoiler: government agent]] pursuing the thieves variously gives his name as Peter Joshua, Alexander Dyle, Adam Canfield, and finally Brian Cruikshank.* InsistentTerminology: Played with. Whenever Reggie makes reference to "spies", Bartholomew corrects her with "agents". But at the same time, whenever ''Bartholomew'' says "spies", Reggie corrects ''him'' with "agents". [[spoiler: Bartholomew's inconsistency hints at him not having anything to do with CIA.]]* {{Jerkass}}: Herman Scobie's profession. * LastDisrespects[=/=]LonelyFuneral: Virtually the only people to attend the late Charles Lampert's funeral besides his widow are his three former partners in crime, who are mainly attending to see if he's FakingTheDead[[note]] Gideon tries to startle him with a fake sneezing fit, Tex tries the "breath condensing on a mirror" test, and Scobie jabs him with a pin[[/note]] and are more disgusted than sorry for his death.* MayDecemberRomance: Cary Grant was 59 when he made the film, 25 years older than Audrey Hepburn. He only took the role after the writer gave all the romantically aggressive lines to Hepburn's character, so he wouldn't look like a predator. Frequently lampshaded in the movie.* MoodWhiplash:** After the ColdOpen and the ArtisticTitle, the movie begins with Reggie having lunch at a ski resort, unaware of someone pointing a pistol at her. The wielder shoots at her...with water. An irritated Reggie lifts her head up, and sees a BrattyHalfPint holding a squirt gun.** Every time Reggie gets close to Cary Grant's character or shares a pleasant scene with him, she gets word of his false identity, often accompanied by a low-key ScareChord.* MotiveRant: In the Palais-Royal, after trying in vain to convince Reggie that [[spoiler:Cary Grant's character]] is a con man, [[spoiler:Carson Dyle]] threatens to shoot Reggie down and he tells her who is really is and his motive.* MrExposition: This is the role Bartholomew carries for most of the film, [[spoiler:at least until the reveal shows him to be the BigBad.]]* MultipleIdentityIDs: The police informs Reggie that her late husband had many passports from different countries, which reveals that he was a shady person.* PersonalEffectsReveal: After Charles Lampert's death, the police searches his personal effects and hand them over to Reggie. The multiple passports he had reveals that he was a shady person.* PetTheDog: Tex showing off his GunTwirling skills to entertain Jean-Louis.* PlotDevice: [[spoiler:The stamps.]]* PlotTriggeringDeath: The plot is set in motion by the death of Charles Lampert, Reggie's husband.* PosthumousCharacter: Carson Dyle. [[spoiler:Subverted.]]* PowerTrio: of the villainous variety:** Id: Scobie, the impatient and violent one. ** Ego: Tex, the one who's in-between.** Superego: Gideon, the only one who suggests a dead man be returned to his bed.* ThePowerOfTrust: Averted. Most of the cast is pointedly either of [[IHaveManyNames dubious identity]] or [[NoHonorAmongThieves dubious intent]].* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Subverted when Regina accuses Peter of not needing the reading glasses he puts on. She pulls them from his face and dons them herself then gets a shocked expression and quickly hands them back, saying quietly, "You need them." The degree of correction in those lenses must've been something fierce.* QuickNip: When Bartholomew is introduced, he is rubbing dry-cleaning solution into his tie as he talks to Reggie. When he finishes, he gives the rag a quick sniff, stuffs it in his pocket, and keeps talking as though nothing had happened.* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Mr. Bartholomew turns out to be Carson Dyle, and has been killing off his former comrades one by one. Also, Cary Grant's character turns out to actually work at the American embassy as a member of the Treasury Dept.]]* RunningGag:** Grant's character constantly changing names.** And when he produces a new name, Reggie asks, "Is there a ''Mrs.'' __?" and he replies, "Yes, but we're divorced." By the third time, she's saying it along with him.** Reggie or Bartholomew saying "spies" and the other correcting "agents."** Every suit Cary Grant's character seems to wear gets damaged in some way.* RunningGagStumbles: At the end of the movie, Reggie asks Grant's character again if there's a Mrs. (his latest name), and he says "Yes," but ''leaves out'' the "but we're divorced" part. Turns out there ''is'' a Mrs. [[spoiler: Cruikshank]], but she's [[spoiler: his mother!]]* SecretIdentity: Threefold. Her husband, the real Dyle and Cary Grant's character manage to hide their true identity from Reggie. It's not until the last few minutes that Reggie (and the audience) know every character's true identity.* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Cary Grant's character says he's really a thief named Adam Canfield, he repeatedly asks Reggie if she's willing to take the money instead of returning it to the government, but she refuses to be dishonest. Lucky for her, because [[spoiler:"Canfield" is actually U.S. Treasury agent Brian Cruikshank, and if Reggie ''had'' tried to steal the money he probably would have betrayed her to the authorities]].* ShoutOut: As she talks with Cary Grant's character, Reggie mentions ''Film/AnAmericanInParis'' (she mentions the way Creator/GeneKelly dances by the Seine) and ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (she asks Cary Grant if he would save the woman he loves like the hunchback).* ShowWithinAShow: Reggie and Grant's character watch Guignol puppet show on the Champs-Élysées.* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler: Gideon's fate.]]* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant are gloriously sassy with each other throughout the movie.* SplitScreen: In the last scene, displaying Grant's character's four identities.* TrapDoor: Plays a major role in the climax. [[spoiler:Carson Dyle is stalking the stage of a theater, trying to kill Reggie. Cary Grant's character is hiding under the stage, and when Dyle finally stands in just the right spot, Grant pulls the appropriate lever and Dyle falls to his death.]]* WhamLine:** "Yes, it ''was'' a dumb move, Herman. What is the matter with you?"** "You killed all three of them for nothing." [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as Grant's character didn't kill any of them and Tex just incorrectly assumed he did]].** "Reggie, wait! That man is [[spoiler:Carson Dyle]]!"* WhamShot: ** Throughout the movie, Reggie's been getting help from CIA agent Hamilton Bartholomew from the American embassy. Late in the film, she tries to call him at the embassy only to be told by the operator that Mr. Bartholomew is at a reception. She asks the operator to give him a message at the reception. We then see at the reception the phone getting picked up [[spoiler:by a middle-aged man we've never seen before. And upon hearing Reggie's message, it's clear that this Hamilton Bartholomew has '''no clue''' what's going on. "Well, who does she think I am, the CIA?"]]** At the end, Reggie is told at the embassy that the man to see about the recovery of stolen property is Brian Cruikshank. She goes to his office only to see [[spoiler:Cary Grant's character, whom she's already known by three different aliases, seated at Cruikshank's desk, revealing that this is his real identity.]]* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Carson Dyle was abandoned by his comrades after being horribly wounded, and spent months as a prisoner of war with nothing to help the pain. It's no wonder he's so bitter toward them, and decides to PayEvilUntoEvil by going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. He's almost a SympatheticMurderer, but he crosses the MoralEventHorizon when he states that he's willing to kill the innocent Reggie to get the money.]]----

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