Charlote Gray (2001)

Cate Blanchett as: Charlotte Gray
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Selected Cast: James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Rupert Penry-Jones & Billy Crudup
Written by: Sebastian Faulks & Jeremy Brock
Release Year: 2001
Genre: Drama / Romance / Thriller / War
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Charlotte, a young Scottish woman, who has studied in France, is living in London during World War II. Within weeks she both falls in love with a young pilot and is recruited by the Secret Service to act as a courier for the French Resistance. However her mission behind enemy lines becomes a personal mission to find her lover who has been shot down. Assigned to a Communist Resistance group she encounters acts of betrayal from sometimes unexpected sources, but meets the violence of war and her own disappointment with hope…

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Quotes from Cate Blanchett

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Quotes from Others

Producer Sarah Curtis on wanting to cast Cate
“We were absolutely unanimous that it had to be Cate.”

Billy Crudup
“I actually became extremely self-conscious, because you know how good her work is, and you begin to wonder why yours isn’t as good! But more often than not, I think what you find is that it forces you to elevate your own skills. And that was one of the primary reasons I wanted to be in Charlotte Gray. Because Cate is an actress that I admire a great deal, and I felt like it was an opportunity for me to learn from what she does.”

Rupert Penry Jones, on who else has sex appeal apart from his own girlfriend
“Cate Blanchett. She’s exquisitely beautiful and a lovely lady.”

“She’s superb. I completely fell in love with her. Actors at that level are so perfectly tuned. It’s silk.”

Quotes from her Character

• Charlotte Gray: “There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you.”
Julien Levade: What?”
Charlotte Gray: “My name: Charlotte Gray.”

• Psychiatrist: Of these three, which in your view is the most important: Faith, hope or love?”
Charlotte Gray: “Hope.”

• Charlotte Gray: “Tomorrow, I’m dirty down there. We’ll be together tomorrow when I’m clean, you want me clean right?”
Renech: “If you try to leave.”
Charlotte Gray: “I won’t.”
Renech: “I’m not afraid to kill you.”
Charlotte Gray: “Tomorrow.”
Renech: “You will come, I know many people. You understand? Many people!”
Charlotte Gray: “I understand… I understand.”

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in France, England, UK and Scotland, UK (view all.)

• 4 nominations (view all.)

• The schoolteacher played by Anton Lesser was called “Benech” in the novel, but the small French town in which much of the movie was based had a popular mayor whose name was similar, so officials asked that the name be changed. He’s called “Renech” in the final version.

• In some shots of the departing deportation train, it can clearly be seen that the goods wagons used bear the inscription “UIC St” and a rather long wagon number. Both things belong to the international UIC numbering system, not introduced before 1965.