6.4/10
470
14 user 17 critic

The Mind Benders (1963)

Dedicated British scientist Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure).

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writer:

James Kennaway (original screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Hideout (1948)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A husband and wife stop to help two men in a car crash only to find they are criminals on the run.

Director: Fergus McDonell
Stars: Valerie Hobson, James Donald, Howard Keel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Joe Lampton, the protagonist of Man at the Top (1970), learns that an untested drug from the shady pharmaceutical concern he works for made hundreds of African women sterile. When he turns to his superior, he finds that he's in over his head.

Director: Mike Vardy
Stars: Kenneth Haigh, Nanette Newman, Harry Andrews
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Vicky Barton visits Paris with her brother Johnny, only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher
Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

Director: Peter Hammond
Stars: James Mason, Diana Coupland, Hannah Gordon
Mad About Men (1954)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Flirtatious mermaid Miranda (Glynis Johns) swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on vacation. All is well until she falls in love with a human.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden, Anne Crawford
Johnny Colt (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Starblack is a hero who dresses in black and his face is covered by a black scarf and he carries in his shirt a black star, which he always leaves at the scene of his enterprises, as a symbol of justice.

Director: Giovanni Grimaldi
Stars: Robert Woods, Elga Andersen, Franco Lantieri
The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie 1977)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

D'Artagnan and his fellow Musketeers plot to replace the ineffectual Louis XIV of France with his secretly imprisoned twin brother Phillipe, who is the firstborn and rightful King.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan
Pray for the Wildcats (TV Movie 1974)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Griffith plays a captain of industry who hires an ad agency (Shatner and Gortner). The agency tries to sell Griffith on a campaign shot in Baja, California. Griffith won't sign without all ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Andy Griffith, William Shatner, Robert Reed
The Ringer (1952)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A criminal master of disguise nicknamed The Ringer is out for deadly revenge against a treacherous London lawyer who is under police protection.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Herbert Lom, Donald Wolfit, Mai Zetterling
The Way Ahead (1944)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald
Miranda (1948)
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman
Mary Ure ... Oonagh Longman
John Clements John Clements ... Major Hall
Michael Bryant ... Dr. Danny Tate
Wendy Craig ... Annabella
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Professor Sharpey
Geoffrey Keen ... Calder
Terry Palmer Terry Palmer ... Norman
Norman Bird ... Aubrey
Edit

Storyline

A British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists, then kills himself. Another scientist, Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) 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 Oonagh (Mary Ure).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

PERVERTED... SOULESS! The Most Dangerous And Different Motion Picture Ever Brought To The Screen! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mind Benders See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First credited film appearance of Wendy Craig. Her second was The Servant released later in 1963 which also had Dirk Bogarde and James Fox (Edward's brother). See more »

Goofs

Early on in the film a scientist commits suicide by jumping off a moving train. According to the direction of the train, he jumps out on the right hand side. However, when the train is stopped and people disembark and go down the line to check on him, they are getting out of the train on the left hand side. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman: I'm tired. I'm tired of the stupidity that makes a crime out of discovery.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
another strange Bogarde film
27 July 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Dirk Bogarde can be described as a great actor who was never in a classic film. Popular films, like the Doctor series, certainly; good films like The Tale of Two Cities; excellent films like The Servant; fascinating, discussed films like Death in Venice and The Night Porter. But classic films like Casablanca - maybe Darling comes closest, and that's not even his movie.

"The Mind Benders" is another Bogarde film on the bizarre side. When an elderly scientist is suspected of treason, an investigator endeavors to find out whether his experiments in isolation made him do something - betray his government - that he ordinarily wouldn't have done. One of his coworkers (Bogarde) agrees to go into the isolation tank; when he emerges, he is told things about his wife that, if he believes them, will threaten his seemingly happy marriage.

The film holds one's interest; with his science fiction bent, it has the distinctive '60s stamp on it.

Mary Ure plays Bogarde's wife. The acting is good, with the usual fine performance from Bogarde, a man who, once he got away from Rank, was attracted to unusual roles and unusual films. This isn't as wild as it gets for Bogarde. It's not great, but it's not bad either.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed