Charlotte Gray

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40169386
UPC 085392247424
UPC 14 00085392247424
Format DVD
Release Date 5/10/2005
Rating Rating
Paris, France
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
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.
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
Gillian Armstrong
Billy Crudup
Cate Blanchett
Cast & Crew
Abigail Cruttenden - Actor
Billy Crudup - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
James Fleet - Actor
Michael Gambon - Actor
Rupert Penry-Jones - Actor
Sebastian Faulks - Based On Novel By
Gillian Armstrong - Director
Dion Beebe - Director of Photography
Nicholas Beauman - Editor
Robert Bernstein, et al. - Executive Producer
Stephen Warbeck - Musical Score
Joseph Bennett - Production Designer
Jeremy Brock - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 22474
UPC 00085392247424
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Review ...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.
Reviewer Charles Taylor
ReviewRating 9
New York Magazine Cate Blanchett is luminous.
Detroit Free Press A thrilling, deeply romantic story of courage and sacrifice.

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