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Wait Until Dark (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 19 January 1968 (Austria)
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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.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Frederick Knott (play), Robert Carrington (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Susy Hendrix
Alan Arkin ... Roat / Roat Jr. / Roat Sr.
Richard Crenna ... Mike Talman
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Sam Hendrix
Jack Weston ... Carlino
Samantha Jones ... Lisa
Julie Herrod Julie Herrod ... Gloria
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Storyline

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. 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 predator, and his stalking of Susy becomes ever... Written by Morganalee

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Now on the screen, all the taut suspense...the true drama of the long-running play. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1968 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Wait Until Dark See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In his non-fiction book Danse Macabre, Stephen King declared this to be the scariest movie of all time and that Alan Arkin's performance "may be the greatest evocation of screen villainy ever." See more »

Goofs

When Susy grabs her knife, she turns around. In the next wide shot, she is facing forward again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lisa: Come on Louis, come on!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show each character with the performer's credit; Alan Arkin is shown three times, including once in each disguise. See more »


Soundtracks

Wait Until Dark
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Sue Raney
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GREAT THRILLER STAGE STUFF BECAUSE OF AUDREY & ALAN!
5 November 2004 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

I'j not a big fan of thriller plays (and I've acted in this one), but well-made with superb casting - mainly Ms. Hepburn & Mr. Arkin with gliding, smooth support from Mr. Crenna & Mr. Weston; superbly lit with a great set and menacing music, it was Hepburn's last film for nine years and she should have won Best Actress (nominated), and I pick Bonnie & Clyde to win ALL the other categories (acting-wise), she kicks into gear and then retires..until ROBIN & MARION nine years later.

Anyway, most stage-play thrillers don't make it on FILM, but this one is very claustrophobic and believable because of Hepburn (who studies with blind people for a while). Turn the lights off ..like they did in the last 8 minutes in the theatre when it opened in '67!


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