Wait Until Dark (1967)

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A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.



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Susy was recently blinded and recently married. Susy's husband, Sam, is asked to hold a doll for a woman he doesn't know as they get off an airplane. The woman disappears. Later, she's found dead by her former associates, Mike and Carlino, small-time hoods, in Susy's basement apartment. (Both occupants of the apartment are then absent.) The doll woman's newer partner in crime, Harry Rote, who murdered her for self-dealing, presses Mike and Carlino into a scheme to recover the doll, which contains a fortune in smuggled heroin. After disposing of the body, the thugs return while Susy is present to continue their search. They assume Susy's blindness will enable them to search her apartment under her very nose for the doll, which contains a fortune in smuggled heroin. In Sam's absence, Mike pretends to be an old friend of Sam's, while the three together spin for Susy a story of a murder investigation of her husband from which only the finding of the missing doll can save him. Rote is a ... Written by Morganalee

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26 October 1967 (USA)  »

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Espera la oscuridad  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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When Suzy sends Carlino to check the back windows for broken glass he makes a mess with the blinds (parts open, part closed etc.). The camera from the living room immediately shows the blinds smooth again. Move into the bedroom and the blinds are a mess, as he left them. When he comes back out of the bathroom, they speak for a moment. The next shot is from the living room, which shows the blinds miraculously smooth once again. See more »


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Wait Until Dark
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Sue Raney
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"Do I have to be the world's champion blind lady?"
14 January 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In "Wait Until Dark", I really felt sorry for Audrey Hepburn's Susy Hendrix: blind, lied to by a 'nice' guy who is actually in cahoots with a murderer, sassed by the bespectacled neighbor girl, and then--after a hellish night spent being terrorized by crooks--husband Efrem Zimbalist Jr. walks in and doesn't even give her a hand. "I'm over here, Susy", he tells her, mildly condescending. Film is based on Frederick Knott's popular play, and has an elaborate but obtuse set-up involving a missing doll filled with heroin. There's a lot of talk about where it is, who had it last, etc. The filmmakers bide their time before getting to the showdown between Hepburn and Alan Arkin, cool and collected as a self-assured psychopath. If you can make it through the first half-hour, you'll find that "Wait Until Dark" really gets cooking thereafter. There are some terrific jolts, and Hepburn is a great, stubborn fighter. The frosty, subdued color-photography is 'realistic' and very stylish, as is Henry Mancini's spooky music. Nice end-credits theme song too, by Mancini, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (the uncredited vocalist is Sue Raney). *** from ****

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