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Director: Gillian Armstrong     Starring: Billy Crudup Cate Blanchett
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40169386
UPC: 085392247424
UPC 14: 00085392247424
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The story of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.
Once they were housewives, waitresses or factory workers. Now thye're world war II spies for england. Cate blanchett stars as the courageous young woman who embarks upon a dangerous foray behind enemy lines while keeping secret her personal mission to find her lover, an RAF pilot downed over occupied france.

"Cate Blanchett is luminous.  New York Magazine
"A thrilling, deeply romantic story of courage and sacrifice.  Detroit Free Press

Editor's Note
CHARLOTTE GRAY is directed by Gillian Armstrong (MRS. SOFFEL, OSCAR AND LUCINDA) with her signature recipe for success: a love story set in beautiful nature played by an all-star cast. Here, Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) is a Scottish woman in mid-WWII, living with an adventuresome pair of young female roommates. While attending a snooty book publishing party, Charlotte escapes from her girlfriends long enough to meet a British pilot, Peter (Rupert Penry-Jones), with whom she falls in love. After a brief but passionate affair, Peter is sent on a mission to Nazi-occupied France where his plane is shot down and he is reported M.I.A. Torn apart by love, Charlotte enlists herself as an underground operative in the resistance and accepts a mission to rural France. Charlotte, now working under the code name Dominique, parachutes out of an airplane, and captures two young Jewish boys in her net. The man who untagles the bunch, Julien (Billy Crudup), becomes her one trusted contact, and arranges a job for her as governess to the two boys, hiding out in the chateau owned by his curmudgeonly father (Michael Gambon).

Presenting a beautiful love story complicated by WWII tension, Armstrong creates a photographically impeccable film with a strong orchestral score and a capable, utterly attractive cast. CHARLOTTE GRAY is based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks.

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Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22474
Video UPC UPC: 00085392247424
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Abigail Cruttenden
Video Cast Info Billy Crudup
Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info James Fleet
Video Cast Info Michael Gambon
Video Cast Info Rupert Penry-Jones
Video Cast Info Sebastian Faulks - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Gillian Armstrong - Director
Video Cast Info Dion Beebe - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nicholas Beauman - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Bernstein, et al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Warbeck - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Joseph Bennett - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jeremy Brock - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Ms. Blanchett's mercurial face is so fascinating that in the film's many close-ups her features almost seem to melt across the screen....She is a natural chameleon..." 12/28/2001 p.E19

USA Today
"...Beyond the fine acting, CHARLOTTE GRAY has an authority and visceral reality that transports the viewer..." 12/28/2001 p.10D

Box Office
"...In CHARLOTTE GRAY, Armstrong's skills -- a sharp eye, a deft sense of drama and a a canny knack with performers -- are again on display....Blanchett, as always, is a powerfully magnetic presence..." 03/01/2002 p.62

Sight and Sound
"...Individual sequences are impressively handled..." 03/01/2002 p.41

Salon.com 9 of 10
...lush, even juicy entertainment... [The director] revels in the movieness of it all. She wants to sweep us into a drama of wartime romance and intrigue, to delight in old-style movie glamour, and she pulls it off without resorting to gush. I ate it up. - Charles Taylor

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