A dedicated British scientist tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife.



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Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman
Oonagh Longman
John Clements ...
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Geoffrey Keen ...
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A British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists, then kills himself. Another scientist decides that they might have brainwashed him by a sensory deprivation technique, but he doesn't know if someone really can be convinced to act against their strongest feelings. So he agrees to be the subject in an experiment in which others will try to make him stop loving his wife. Written by Anonymous

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27 February 1964 (Denmark)  »

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This Dirk Bogarde film was the inspiration for the name of the British band "Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders." See more »


Annabella: And I have every limb and organ that a girl should have, except one. I no longer have a shoulder to weep on. A Polish gentleman wore it away with his tears.
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This story was suggested by experiments on "THE REDUCTION OF SENSATION" recently carried out by certain Universities in the United States. The producers whilst making this acknowledgment wish to state, however the the events & characters portrayed are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


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Scary, scary if this really happened.
6 May 2015 | by (whakamaru) – See all my reviews

The implications are the scary thoughts. In the introduction we learn that the film is based on real events at some US universities. Maybe some real experiments did occur? Just as space exploration was starting, it occurred to some people to ask... what would happen when the person is weightless - they would feel nothing, (on earth we at least feel the ground beneath us, and maybe the air moving) and then... what would happen if there was complete darkness and silence. What would happen to their mind? Only one way to find out, put a volunteer into that situation.

To replicate the weightlessness they use a water tank with the subject in a wet-suit and with breathing gear. They make it silent and dark... and then listen, and wait. What happens next is so scary.

There are added complications when the secret people get involved, a previous volunteer has been given a large sum of money by 'foreign' agents? Why? Maybe the Russians carried out similar experiments, or at least are thinking of it.

Dirk Bogarde is outstanding as Longman, (much much better than in African Queen), and the tragic Mary Ure as Mrs Longman is too. She gets to act the birth of a child and is so convincing. The "baby" she produces is either a real very very young actor (uncredited), or a very good prop, all wrinkles. John Clements is also outstanding at the Major.

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