Charade (1963)

Regina is about to divorce her husband when she finds that he has been murdered after converting every penny they owned to cash, which is also missing. She meets Cary Grant who changes his name every 15 minutes or so and is interested in her husband’s money, which seems to have come from a WWII payroll he stole. His partners in crime are also very interested in where the money is, as he stole it from them as well. Everyone assumes Regina MUST know where the money is. The situation becomes more tense when the searchers begin turning up dead

(Plot summary written by John Vogel)


Runtime original: 01:53:00

Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:26

Director: Stanley Donen

Writer: Peter Stone (screenplay), Peter Stone (story), Marc Behm (story)

Editor: Jim Clark (as James Clark)

90to5 Editor: Joshua Wille

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90to5 Editor Bio:

They call Stanley Donen’s CHARADE (1963) “the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made.” I chose this thriller/romance feature because of its many twists, oddball humor, and interesting public domain history. The film laboratory responsible for the prints of CHARADE neglected to include a “Copyright” or “©” notice in the film itself, which was a requirement for copyright protection in the U.S. prior to 1978. Therefore, the film was released into cinemas and immediately entered the public domain — Whoops.

— Joshua Wille



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12 Responses

  1. I just loved it! It brought the whole movie back in 5 minutes. It will be interesting to see what someone says that has never watched the movie. It was so entertaining and I’ll watch it again and again.

  2. I saw this movie in college and have always been a huge fan of Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and of course Alfred Hitchcock. Loved it as it brought back great memories in only 5 minutes!!

  3. It has been so very many years since seeing this movie, but your edited clip brought back memories of this classic. There will never again be classic actors the likes of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Job well done!

  4. it was wonderful. Brings back memories from the past. Great job

  5. I like it very much mate! Good and effective cuts! Nonetheless, the structure is quite swift for yours truly (a humble newbie one). This movie’s been the first one I’ve watched (yesterday) of all thirty, which I’m going to watch throughout the month. I’d like we all (90to5 editos) to share impressions. Don’t you think so?

    Congratulations and best of luck!

    P.S.: Love your website Joshua! 😉

  6. Just loved this movie! What a sophisticated, elegant pair in a clever and always twisted, fun Hitchcock movie. Your synopsis was right on and I began to conjure up some of the scenes from the movie when I was reading your “5 minutes of Charade”
    Thanks for such a concise, but delicious rememberance of a great movie!

  7. This is one of my favorites. Hepburn, Grant, Hitchcock, and Mancini really knew how to make a classic. You did a great job of a 5 minute edit, Joshua. Congratulations.

  8. Your review is great, Josh, and you did it in such a short but very explanatory fashion!
    I saw “Charade” a number of times, and you truly described it well! My hat is off to

  9. It has been years since I have viewed Charade, and Joshua made it most excitingin his edited version. Mskes me want to see it all over.

    Great – Fantastic job. My newphew is a professional Photographer in Chicago, Il – Robert E.Potter III and I am forward this on to him to view and rate. Thank you so much, Joanne Oliver

  10. Really enjoyed you movie. Very interesting and fun.
    Good luck..

  11. Sun bathers in swimsuits at a mountain winter resort, to being in grave danger by asking for a chicken sandwich, to seeing the same man die twice. Subtle twists and much fun. I never saw the original, but can bet that Hitchcock would not have been as humurous.

  12. Niceley cut, but the fact that it runs almost more like a trailer really gets it to run out of steam by the end. I give you credit for a different approach though and its clear you’re certainly not lacking in talent.

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