Charlotte Gray

Synopsis: 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....
Director(s): Gillian Armstrong
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Looking back, it all seems so simple.

We were at war.

The Nazis were the enemy. And because

good must triumph over evil...

... so we would triumph over them.

How could we have known that war

never trades in such certainties?

For where nothing is unthinkable...

... anything can be true.

Even a lie.

- Anyone sitting there?

- No.

For one dreadful moment, I thought

it was going to be standing room only.

It's all airmen and sappers down back.

Nice enough, but...

- Here, have one of mine.

- I'm all right, thanks.

Sorry. Cannerley.

- Richard Cannerley. How do you do?

- Charlotte Gray.

So, going home or coming away?

- I work in London.

- Don't tell me, let me guess.

- You're in the WAAFs?

- I work in a surgery.

Good for you.


- Risking London for the war effort.

- It's our duty.


I'm a civil servant.

We don't come from anywhere.

The Germans are spreading the rumor

we're not born at all.

You speak French?

Oh, yes.

Ever lived there?

- I studied there.

- In Paris?

Best city in the world!

Not that you'd want to live there now.

It's full of Germans.

Can't find anything but sauerkraut.

What the Germans have done

to France is not a joke.


Of course not.

Clear the doors! Each bag

is to be collected by the exit!

- Cheer up. We'll have a hoot.

- You'll have a hoot.

I'll be talking to some duffer

about Tennyson.

- It's just a book launch.

- Books mean booze.

You should be in publishing.

Don't be such a stay-at-home.

You never go out.

I don't care if they're ugly,

as long as they have nice teeth.

The author.

Excuse me.

- Sorry.

- Oh, no.

- It's a bit noisy in there.

- Yes.

- Peter Gregory.

- Charlotte Gray.

Bloody hell!

These literary girls...


Pilot Officer Borowski, Miss Gray.

He's a friend.

Delighted to meet you, Miss Gray.

All clear.


You're from Scotland?

- Whereabouts?

- Saint Andrews.

Near Edinburgh, lovely.

Bit different to this, eh?

- You've never been to a ceilidh.

- I have, actually.

And yes, it was noisy.

They don't serve warm gin either.

I don't know how you drink it.

- At least I don't water plants with it.

- You weren't meant to see that.

Miss Gray! I thought it was you.

Good of you to come.

How do you do?

Let me introduce you to some chums.

We're over in the corner.

Morris, meet Miss Gray!

She reads Stendhal in French.

It's one thing to order dinner

in the lingo. Quite another... pass yourself off as a waiter.

We're always looking for French

speakers. War work of some kind.

- Take me.

- You'd never pass the physical.

They're trained, but the truth is...'re either fluent or you're not.

- I suppose.

It's not easy pretending to be French.

It's not just knowing the words.

One's got to want to do it.

One's got to feel strongly about

what the Nazis have done to France.

Excuse me.

I did give you my number, didn't I?

- Yes.

- Do call, please.

Bottoms up!

To war.

Hello again.


Has that bloody airman

been eating my rations again?

And mine!

Go on.

That's terrible.

You're not even trying.

Punish me.

I submit!

The invasion plans

are in my wooden leg.

You're here.

I think so.

What would you say

if I went to France?

Why? Has someone asked you?

What for?

To be some sort of agent

or courier, I think.

- I'm not sure.

- It's far too dangerous.

- You fly. That's dangerous.

- It's the only thing I'm good at.

Do you mind?

You didn't even say "ouch."

You're brave. Be proud of it.

- I'm just scared of you.

- I want to be brave... you are.

Just be yourself.

If I was myself, I'd never let you go.

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Jeremy Brock

Jeremy Brock MBE (born 1959) is a British writer and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, Charlotte Gray, and The Eagle. Brock has also written two plays for the Hampstead downstairs theatre. more…

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