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Charlotte Gray [VHS] (2001)

Cate Blanchett , James Fleet , Gillian Armstrong  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall, Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Directors: Gillian Armstrong
  • Writers: Jeremy Brock, Sebastian Faulks
  • Producers: Catherine Kerr, Cathy Lord, Douglas Rae, Elinor Day, Hanno Huth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The love story between the characters of Charlotte Gray & Peter Gregory very believable & terribly romantic, and, as it should, it drives the film to its logical conclusion- a heartbreaking one

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well played and underrated August 20, 2002
By A Customer
This movie seems to get a bad rap for strange reasons. I had no problem whatsoever with the accents, nor did I think Cate Blanchett's wardrobe was overly nice for wartime. (It was the FORTIES, and anyway, she's in muddy clothes for most of the film.) My one and only complaint is that we get a clearer sense of Charlotte as Dominique than of Charlotte as Charlotte. Things seem to progress a little too quickly early in the film, so that we don't know enough about who this girl was before she fell in love and started diving out of planes and blowing up Nazis. (This would help make the ending a tad more powerful.) Other than that--well played by all, very enjoyable, visually stunning, and as for the raging debate on accents, I'd like to say this: as Gillian Armstrong points out in the commentary, it's better to have British people with shallow accents than French people with accents so thick you can't understand them; Cate Blanchett was willing to do two-thirds of the film in French, but Armstrong feared criticism that her French wouldn't be perfect; and, as for those German-speaking Germans, they're foreigners taking over a foreign land. The fact that they're not speaking the language of the audience or the language of the townspeople makes them seem more alien and menacing. Do we desperately need to know exactly what they're saying? No, because you can figure out that they're not saying much beyond, "Get zem into ze truck" or "Stop making out on ze floor, Frenchies!" So sit back and enjoy.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! June 8, 2002
"Charlotte Gray" is a film which has left me stunned, amazed and grateful at the chance for being able to see such brilliance. The movie consists of a simply thrilling storyline, beautiful scenery and wonderous acting on the parts of every character. It is a film for those who are willing to believe anything is possible - that "there must be something to set against all this".
Charlotte Gray is a young Scottish woman who falls in love with a soldier who goes off to WW2. His plane crashes, and so, she becomes a spy to go to Occupied France to rescue him. Upon arriving in the Vichey France; she meets a team of revolutionaries and a new, and tangled storyline emerges from there. Many criticise both book and film for shirking on the WW2 accuracy, but I feel that it *concentrates* on ceratin aspects of the War, instead of skimming over about twenty different circumstances.
Cate Blanchett is unbelievably good as Charlotte - she performs excellently and you can see how her character changes and grows throughout the film. Her stirring speech at the near the end of the movie is simply amazing - she delivers it with feeling and emotion. Billy Crudup took my breath away. He was more than fantastic in his role! He breathed life into the character of Julien, and captured my imagination with his performance. Truly excellent! Notable mentions go to all the other actors, but Billy and Cate stole the show, in my opinion.
If you are looking for a fantstic movie that will take you to another time and place, make you think, and allow you to both remember the pain and tragedy that WW2 brought; and the hope for humanity that was displayed by the brave people who fought for good - Charlotte Gray is the movie for you.
10/10 - Simply Amazing!!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars swoon! July 20, 2002
By kemp
I LOVED this movie. From the second it started, with its gorgeous shots of French lilacs or lavender or whatever beautiful purple flower they are, & its sublime musical score by Stephen Warbeck, I was hooked. Cate Blanchett is always dependably good, but she really shines here. Her role is that rare thing- a woman who is not a doormat, a girlfriend, a hooker, or a nun, and she never gets naked. How refreshing! Plus, it's directed by a woman- too cool! I found the love story between the characters of Charlotte Gray & Peter Gregory very believable & terribly romantic, and, as it should, it drives the film to its logical conclusion- a heartbreaking one. Indeed several scenes in this film made my eyes well up with tears. I also appreciated how Charlotte's experiences with loss weren't just glossed over, as in most movies I've seen where someone loses a loved one and by the next scene they're back to normal. Ms. Blanchett is to be commended for bringing that bit of true humanity to her character. It's just an all around beautifully made film, and I admire everyone involved in the making of it. The director's commentary is also very good and worth listening to, however she gives A LOT away, including parts of the book that weren't included in the film. She does a good job of answering her critics during her commentary, particularly speaking about her reasons for having the characters speak English, which originally struck me as a bit odd, but her reasons are legitimate, and, after all "Chocolat" & "Schindler's List," to name just two, are in English & nobody complained about that. One minor thing that I found annoying, though, was the quality of the disc's supplemental materials- they misspelled...both Cate Blanchett's & novelist Sebastian Faulks' names- shame on them!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her name is Charlotte Gray. December 27, 2002
By A Customer
Magnificent throwback to the great espionage / romance movies of the Second World War. It begins briskly: young Scotswoman Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) is riding in a train headed for London, reading Stendahl in the original French. Suddenly her compartment is invaded by a "civil servant" -- of the type characteristic in the novels of Graham Greene -- whose "cheerio", "Right, then!" manner doesn't obscure his knowing, nosy, calculated-for-effect questioning of the young woman. (He instantly takes note that she's fluent in French.) Miss Grey is not any more fooled than we are. The man leaves her an RSVP card for a "book launch" in London, and Charlotte, DYING for adventure, takes him up on it, suspecting that it's an invitation for something a little more important than bookchat. Of course she's proven right . . . and finds her destiny in one night, meeting a lover (an RAF pilot on leave) while putting her toe in the doorjamb of the Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.). The movie's set-up is superbly free of expository nonsense. She falls in love with her pilot and loses him (he's M.I.A. in Vichy) in the space of five minutes, and before you know it, she's training at the S.O.E. and free-falling via parachute into enemy territory. Ostensibly Charlotte is a courier and intelligence operative whose mission is to assist the local French Resistance, but her personal motivation is to search for her missing fly-boy. Another director might have taken an hour to arrive at this juncture, but Gillian Anderson is not interested in the boring stuff. She's interested in character. She's interested in her heroine's self-discovery, and finds it especially interesting that the heroine achieves self-discovery while pretending to be somebody else. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well done!
Published 4 days ago by Dave Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Was having trouble with sound, but gave it a second chance and am finally able to view this movie with sound. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Betty Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars another great performance from Blanchette
This is a great story, well acted and directed. Kept me on the edge of my seat! Cate Blanchette's acting is enough of a reason to see this picture.
Published 1 month ago by Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARLOTTE GRAY
CHARLOTTE GRAY gives us an intense, action-packed film about a World War 2 heroine who risks her life to fight for her country. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amanda A. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of view of the reality of WW II
Interesting story of a British woman's efforts to aid her country, care for her Jewish relatives still on the continent and her eventually finding out the British Govt. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gpstogo
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
good acting, good story, good cinematography a some little discussed history about how we used the communists and then turned on them after WW2
Published 4 months ago by Leroy S Marion
4.0 out of 5 stars Cate Blanchette at her best
Well scripted story about early World War II in France. During early Nazi occupation, the French rolled over and turned in all the Jewish citizens they could find. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fred G
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie.
Loved it. Great story and well acted. Cate Blanchett is wonderful. Highly recommend watching it. Forget its Rotten Tomatoes rating!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This movie has all of the intrigue and suspense I like. Cate Blanchett is excellent in this movie too. It's a movie worth owning for multiple viewings.
Published 6 months ago by V Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous movie
My daughter suggested I view this movie, because I'm researching the Resistance movement in France during WWII. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. B. E.
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