Charade | 1963

Directed by: Stanley Donen

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Main Plot

"Charade" follows the story of a woman who finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving her late husband's stolen fortune. As she navigates the dangerous world of spies and deception, she meets a charming stranger who offers to help her uncover the truth. Together, they race against time to unravel the web of lies and betrayal surrounding her husband's death and the missing money. With danger lurking at every turn, she must decide who she can trust and who is hiding their true intentions. As the stakes continue to rise, she must rely on her wits and courage to survive and uncover the shocking truth behind the mystery. In the end, she must confront her own past and make a choice that will change her life forever.


  • Peter Joshua, a charming and mysterious man who helps Audrey Hepburn's character navigate a web of deception and danger as they unravel the truth behind her late husband's secrets. Cary Grant
  • Regina Lampert, a woman who becomes entangled in a web of deception and danger after her husband's mysterious death, as she tries to uncover the truth behind his murder. Audrey Hepburn
  • The character Walter Matthau plays in Charade is CIA agent Hamilton Bartholomew. He is investigating the mysterious death of Audrey Hepburn's husband and becomes involved in the plot. Walter Matthau

Ending Explained

In the film "Charade," directed by Stanley Donen, the protagonist, Regina Lampert, played by Audrey Hepburn, discovers that her husband, Charles, has been murdered and involved in a large sum of missing money. Throughout the movie, she becomes entangled with a mysterious man named Peter Joshua, played by Cary Grant, who helps her navigate the dangerous situation of being pursued by the men who killed her husband. In the conclusion of the film, it is revealed that Peter Joshua is not who he claims to be, but rather a CIA agent named Alexander Dyle. Regina realizes that she was being used by Peter/Alexander to retrieve the stolen money hidden by her late husband. After a series of twists and turns, Regina ends up with the money but decides to give it away to charity. The film ends with Regina and Alexander sharing a romantic moment, hinting at a possible future together. Overall, the ending of "Charade" ties up the loose ends of the mystery while also leaving room for romance and new beginnings for the main characters.

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Stanley Donen Comedy Mystery Romance Cary Grant Audrey Hepburn Walter Matthau