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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 25 October 2002 (USA)
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A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Peter Stone (based on the motion picture "Charade" screenplay by), Jonathan Demme (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olga Sékulic Olga Sékulic ... Junior Military Officer
Stephen Dillane ... Charlie
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... Woman on Train
Thandie Newton ... Regina Lambert
Cassius Kumar Wilkinson Cassius Kumar Wilkinson ... Hercules
Sakina Jaffrey ... Sylvia
Mark Wahlberg ... Lewis Bartholamew
Christine Boisson ... Commandant Dominique
Simon Abkarian ... Lieutenant Dessalines
Christophe Salengro Christophe Salengro ... Morgue Attendant
Philippe Fretun Philippe Fretun ... Evidence Handler
Loeïza Jacq Loeïza Jacq ... Evidence Handler
Joong-Hoon Park ... Il-Sang Lee
LisaGay Hamilton ... Lola Jansco
Ted Levine ... Emil Zadapec
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Storyline

A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his, and he wants it back, seemingly convinced that she's hiding the cash. Meanwhile, more people end up dead... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad sobre Charlie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,290, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:

$5,350,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,093,284
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Joshua Peters was originally intended for Will Smith, but due to the extended production on Ali (2001), he was unable to make the start of filming on Charlie, so Demme had to move forward with Mark Wahlberg instead, losing the Thandie Newton and Will Smith "double-act" he had imagined watching the original movie Charade (1963). See more »

Goofs

Regina and Joshua take a train from Paris' Gare du Nord station, bound for London's Waterloo station. The rail equipment used carries the blue and white TGV livery, the French high-speed line that runs domestically in several directions from Paris. However, only yellow Eurostar trains run from Gare du Nord through the Channel Tunnel to England. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Bartholomew: So, my long lost and non-existent kid brother, a.k.a Mr. Bartholomew.
[pause]
Lewis Bartholomew: Nice to meet you.
Joshua Peters: I've never seen a ghost before. Pleasure's all mine.
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Crazy Credits

Just as the reference for Francois Truffaut's "Tirez sur le Pianiste" is shown, a shot of Truffaut's grave is inserted. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release in includes several deleted scenes totaling to about eleven minutes. Among them are more of the visit with the Commandant, Regina mistaking a flirtatious man for Joshua, the opening of the mysterious package, and a flashback when Il-Sang, Emil, and Lola are in the army and Emil is playing bluegrass on his guitar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Truth About 'The Truth About Charlie' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

La Voix du Vaurien
Written by Jean-Marc Miroglio
Performed by Jean-Marc Miro
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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All over the map -- it doesn't know what it wants to be
6 October 2002 | by jmoney-2See all my reviews

At a recent Q & A session, director Jonathan Demme said he had a difficult time finding the right tone the film. Having seen the picture, I can tell you -- he still hasn't found it.

The movie, a remake of the 1963 Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn classic Charade, may take place mostly in Paris, but it's really all over the map. It doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a romance? Is it a thriller? For a time it tries to be all of the above -- and fails at each one.

Demme, speaking to an audience in Philadelphia following an advance screening, said the movie could have gone in vastly different directions in the editing room. For example, another version could have been much funnier. I don't doubt it. There are some good elements in place.

Mark Wahlberg, stepping into the Cary Grant role, is surprisingly debonair. This role officially puts him light-years away from his early '90s white-rapper persona. Don't get me wrong, he's still no Cary Grant -- but watching him in this film, you can easily see him as an American James Bond.

Following in Audrey Hepburn's heels is the to-die-for Thandie Newton. Combining beauty, sophistication, elegance and vulnerability, Newton more than succeeds in bringing a Hepburn-like quality to her character. She also gets boatloads more screen time than Wahlberg, which isn't a bad thing considering she's the best thing in the movie.

If only the story didn't fall apart in the second act, as all tension and suspense evaporates. Things come back together in the third act, but it's too late.

The movie also exceeds its quota of cliches. For instance, how many times have you seen foreigners in movies begin conversations in another language -- only to switch into perfect English after a couple of sentences? Well, in this movie, get ready to see it again... and again.

Then there's the car accident scene -- we hear squealing brakes and crunching metal off-screen, then Demme actually gives us a shot of a hub cap rolling across the street! The movie gives us no indication these bits are meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

There is one terrific foot chase that Demme admits is inspired by Run Lola Run. The scene has energy, suspense, humor and fun -- all things the rest of the movie tries, but fails to achieve.


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