Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) is a beautiful sociality married to a wealthy man. While in vacation in the Alps, she meets handsome Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), and strikes up a friendship. When she returns to France however, the good times end, and figures her husband is dead. Not just dead: it turns out that her husband was a spy who, during WW2, had robbed a ton of money along with a motley crew of soldiers. Now everyone is after Regina, from the CIA and it’s French representative (played by Walter Matthau) to the soldiers that were a part of her husband’s group of thieves, all looking for a huge amount of money. She puts all her trust in Peter, and who wouldn’t? It’s Cary Grant! But he might not be as trust-worthy as he might seem, since all the soldiers start turning up dead. Could it be Peter hunting for the money, or somebody else? This film was directed by Stanley Donen, one of the best directors of the 50’s and 60’s, who made some great films in many genres, mostly from musicals (Singin’ In The Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Royal Wedding). But here he tries his hands in the thriller genre, but of course, giving it his own twist. It’s got it’s fair share of suspense, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also very colorful, at times very funny, and very romantic as well. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn share incredible chemistry together, every line of theirs being memorable, and every scene being an actor’s delight. Cary Grant was always perfect as the lead, and the way he keeps us guessing whether or not he’s a good or bad guy is simply brilliant. He’s hilarious as well, no wonder so many women fell in love with him.
The rest of the cast is great as well. The three renegade soldiers are played by James Coburn, with his exaggerated Texan accent, Ned Glass who looks like an evil Woody Allen and George Kennedy with his hook hand. George Kennedy is the most hilarious one, with his over-exaggerated angry voice. Walter Matthau is also great, playing his usual geeky self. All in all this is a great film in the Hitchcock vein, but has enough originality to stand on it’s own. A masterpiece.