As much as I hate restating what others have said, I must agree: “Charade is the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.
The cast is extraordinary, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starring. The supporting characters, anchored by Oscar winners George Kennedy, James Coburn, and Walter Matthau, really enhance the action.
And the action is superb. There is $250,000 missing, and five bad guys plus Cary Grant think Audrey Hepburn knows where it is. (Her husband was killed on a train, and he was supposed to have had it).
Audrey Hepburn falls in love with Cary Grant, then mistrusts him, then back in love, then back to not trusting. He goes through five or six different names.
The bad guys, though, start turning up dead. Then everything goes to hell. People you thought were crooks turn out to be legit, and vice versa, and there is so incredibly little I can say about this film without spoilers.
I’ll say this: I have seen a lot of films this year, and I can’t think of many I’ve enjoyed more. If you trust me, get a big bowl of popcorn, a nice big beverage, and enjoy. I had a blast with “Charade.” I hope you will too.
(note: Director Stanley Donen apparently screwed up with the copyright, meaning “Charade” is available free on Hulu, etc.)