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The Truth About Charlie Details


Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Cary Grant through the influence of the French New Wave in this stylish romantic thriller. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) has been having second thoughts about her marriage to the often enigmatic art dealer Charlie (Stephen Dillane), and decides to take a vacation without him, where she meets Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg), a handsome and charming American who seems quite taken with her. When Regina returns home to Paris, she receives the startling news that her husband has been murdered; however, even more disturbing is her discovery that her husband had a secret life which involved several passports under different identities, and a missing six million dollars. Police official Commandant Dominique (Christine Boisson) seems to believe that Regina is somehow involved in the crime, while U.S. embassy representative Mr. Bartholomew (Tim Robbins) breaks the news to Regina that her late husband was actually a secret agent involved in some very shady operations. Three mysterious and dangerous figures who had ties to Charlie -- Emil Zadapec (Ted Levine), Lola Jansco (Lisa Gay Hamilton), and Il-Sang Lee (Joong-Hoon Park) -- also arrive in Paris, convinced that Regina knows where her husband stashed the money and determined to get their hands on it. Meanwhile, as Regina's life becomes increasingly chaotic and dangerous, Joshua arrives in Paris and a romance begins to blossom between them, but while he seems determined to do whatever he can to help her, Regina soon has reason to doubt that Joshua's motives are as pure as they seem. Shot on location in Paris, The Truth About Charlie also features cameo appearances from a number of legendary French actors and filmmakers, including Charles Aznavour, Anna Karina, and Agnès Varda. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 2002


Mark Wahlberg
as Joshua Peters
Thandie Newton
as Regina Lambert
Tim Robbins
as Mr. Bartholomew
Ted Levine
as Emil Zadapec
Park Joong-Hoon
as Il-Sang Lee
Lisa Gay Hamilton
as Lola Jansco
Christine Boisson
as Commandant Dominique
Stephen Dillane
as Charlie
Simon Abkarian
as Lt. Dessalines
Frederique Meininger
as Madame du Lac
Charles Aznavour
as Himself
Anna Karina
as Herself
Magali Noël
as Mysterious Woman in Black
Sakina Jaffrey
as Sylvia
Olga Sekulic
as Junior Military Officer
Wilfred Benaiche
as Toy Store Manager
Sotigui Kouyaté
as Dealer Prophete
Pierre Carre
as Bistro Singer
Agnès Varda
as The Widow Hyppolite
Françoise Bertin
as Woman on Train


Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
Peter Saraf
Edward Saxon
Peter Joshua
Peter Stone
Jonathan Demme
Jessica Bendinger
Steve Schmidt
Tak Fujimoto
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Deva Anderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Carol Littleton
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Bertrand Clercq-Roques
Art Director
Ford Wheeler
Art Director
Delphine Mabed
Art Director
Mishka Cheyko
Neda Armian
Ilona Herzberg
Executive Producer
Aline Bonetto
Set Designer
Catherine Leterrier
Costume Designer
Michel Kharat
Sound/Sound Designer
Mishka Cheyko
First Assistant Director
Francoise Combadiere Stern
Ron Bochar
Supervising Sound Editor
Peter Kohn
Second Unit Director
Ted Bafaloukos
Second Unit Director