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Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

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Director: Terence Young, Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna

Cast: Terence Young, Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna


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Wait Until Dark is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn). Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an


Wait Until Dark is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn). Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy's life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple's New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat (Alan Arkin). The tension builds as Roat, aided by his gang, impersonates police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy's confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. The climax of the film, a violent physical confrontation between Susie and Roat in her dark kitchen, is one of the most memorable and frightening scenes in screen history. All performances are outstanding, particularly those of Audrey Hepburn who plays a vulnerable, but self-reliant woman, and Alan Arkin, in perhaps his best role, as the ruthless, manipulative Roat.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few films have been imitated more often than this 1967 thriller, a dazzling tour de force for Oscar-nominated Audrey Hepburn and very likely the best film directed by Terence Young outside the James Bond series. Based on a hit Broadway play by Frederick Knott (who also wrote Dial M for Murder), Wait Until Dark stars Hepburn as Suzy Hendrix, a blind woman trapped in her New York apartment by a psychotic criminal (Alan Arkin) and his accomplices (Richard Crenna and Jack Weston). They believe Hepburn is concealing a doll stuffed with high-grade heroin, which they mean to get by any means necessary. A claustrophobic cat-and-mouse game ensues, with the terrorized Hepburn trying to stay one jump ahead of the crooks until her absent husband (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) returns. She is absolutely terrific in this part, exhibiting fear and vulnerability for much of the film but projecting strength and determination when demonstrations of those qualities serve the plot. In her hands the helpless blind woman isn’t simply a stock melodrama type; she’s a fully developed character that engenders audience sympathy from the get-go. Arkin’s role is actually the flashier one, but his performance also is finely tuned for maximum effectiveness. Young’s directing is expert in every way: The pacing is extremely precise, accelerating at exactly the right moments; the lighting and camera placements perfectly establish mood and capture the limited physical action; and his direction of the actors plays to their individual strengths without sacrificing credibility. A succession of knockoffs, each more lackluster than the last, have eroded Wait Until Dark’s novelty value, but the film’s quality and effectiveness is still readily apparent.
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Wait Until Dark is a memorably suspenseful thriller, even more so considering that the film's action rarely leaves its one-apartment setting. Much like the work of Alfred Hitchcock -- most notably 1948's Rope -- Dark is a desolate, brutal film. Best-known for his work on early James Bond films, director Terence Young subtly builds tension until the pulse-racing climax. Much of the menace is courtesy of Alan Arkin's stellar performance. In one of his first screen roles, Arkin is so compellingly amoral that he almost steals the movie from his more illustrious co-star, Audrey Hepburn. Still, the lovely Hepburn holds her own, bringing depth and compassion to the role of the blind woman being terrorized by Arkin's smarmy villain. She was nominated for her fifth Academy Award for her performance as the innocent-yet-determined victim.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Susy Hendrix
Alan Arkin Roat
Richard Crenna Mike Talman
Efrem Zimbalist Sam Hendrix
Jack Weston Carlino
Samantha Jones Lisa
Julie Herrod Gloria
Frank O'Brien Shatner
Gary Morgan Boy
Jean del Val The Old Man

Technical Credits
Terence Young Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Robert Carrington Screenwriter
Jane-Howard Carrington Screenwriter
Bobby Darin Songwriter
Ray Evans Songwriter
Mel Ferrer Producer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
George Jenkins Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer,Songwriter
Gene Milford Editor


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Wait Until Dark 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is of course most wonderful entertaining from the first to the last shot. I think this film has been copied innumerable times by both Hollywood and Indian Films. Even Audrey¿s incredibly delectable slim figure is still vogue in all Fashion Weeks all over the world. She displays the right tone, pitch and each emotion on her face, is crafted with perfection and in tandem with the lightning and in tango with other actors¿ histrionics. Incredibly there is not a single gauche moment and imagine in these days of millions of dollars of special effects where each camera shot spans anything from the earth to the end point of the universe, here is a film which takes place in a small claustrophobic room and still is worth watching and savoured. Indeed this is a classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent suspense drama. It's the sort of well made mystery-horror story that hooks you immediately, places you on a roller-coaster of driving suspense and scares the daylights out of you at the end. Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn), blind from a recent accident, is visited by three men who have contrived to get her husband out of town overnight, leaving her alone in their Greenwich Village apartment. The trio is looking for a doll filled with a fortune in heroin which they believe is hidden, unknown to her, in her apartment. One hardly notices that the action rarely moves from the interior of the house--especially when the lights go out. By a series of plot twists and camera effects, the audience is able to live the experience being menaced by the unknown as if it were as blind as Susy. Consequently, the shock and suspense of the climax hits the audience just as hard as it does her. Audrey is superb as "The World's Champion Blind Lady" (receiving her fifth and final Academy Award nomination). The sweetness in which she plays the poignant role, the quickness in which she changes and the skill in which she manifests terror attract sympathy and anxiety to her and give her genuine solidity in the final scenes. Alan Arkin (in only his second major screen role) is wonderfully devilish in his evilness and charm as one of the three hoods who invade her home and menace her. Another fine score by Henry Mancini (his fourth for a Hepburn film). However, we could have done without the closing title song! [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. It may be an oldie but it is a good classic. it is Suspenseful at times and it is also funny at times. This is a great movie to have for a party. I hope you like the Movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the movie!!Though the play that I saw at Echo PLayers Theatre was much more thrilling. Actually I didn't get to see the whole play, because I played the role of Gloria. In the play, Mike Talman starts it off by entering the home of Susie and Sam Hendrix (while they are out). Then Carlino comes in and they talk about their old friendship with Lisa. Roat soon enters the stage and get's the two ex-convicts to help him in getting a heroin-stuffed doll from Susie when Sam is out. Gloria turns up later being a brat that hates Susie. They soon become friends and Gloria helps Susie during several times in the play. Mike pretends to be an old friend of sam's while Carlino is acting out a police officer. At the end of the play the audience is at the edge of their seats, when Susie and Roat play a deadly game of cat and mouse. Do not miss this thrilling play in Qualicum Beach at The Echo PLayers Village Theatre. It plays from February.12 - March.1!
JohnnyJZ More than 1 year ago
Great acting especially from Alan Arkin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Audrey Hepburn never lets you down. Despite the age of the movie the precept is timeless. Excellent acting all around with good sound plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i bought this movie on a whim pretty much because i love alan arkin and audrey hepburn and movies from this era in general.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alan Arkin as Harry Roat Jr. is terrifying and thrilling. He teases Susie while she cringes from the evidence of his brutality that is strewn across her apartment. His psychotic charm is as seductive as it is unnerving. His performance made this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic. Audrey hepburn yet again shows her talent as a film actress in this film where she plays a woman who is coming to grips with her sudden blindness after an accident. The movie will leave you gasping. It's a wonderful film that is a must see for any Audrey fan and any movie fan in general. Two thumbs up!!