7.8/10
27,040
195 user 73 critic

Wait Until Dark (1967)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 21 December 1967 (Netherlands)
Trailer
2:36 | Trailer
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 (based on the play by), Robert Carrington (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The daughter of an art forger teams up with a burglar to steal one of her father's forgeries and protect his secret.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A rebellious student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of lesbianism.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner
Charade (1963)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan
Sabrina (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
Funny Face (1957)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
Roman Holiday (1953)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier
Bloodline (1979)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

When her father is murdered, a pharmaceutical heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Audrey Hepburn, the role you're going to remember, whenever you're alone. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Audrey Hepburn tried to get this film shot in Europe, but relented when she was told not filming it in the US might have led to the closure of underused studio facilities in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

Susy demonstrates excellent hearing and observation skills: she can tell when people are in her apartment, notices Carlino dusting for prints, people fiddling with the blinds, Roat's squeaky shoes, etc. However, she does not appear to notice the rotary-dial mismatch between the telephone number Mike Tallman says he's calling and the number he actually dials. It's easy to tell what number is being dialed if you listen and count the number of clicks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lisa: Come on Louis, come on!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Version of Nowhere in Sight (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Until Dark
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Sue Raney
See more »

User Reviews

 
Does she have to be the world's champion blind lady?
14 January 2002 | by moonspinner55See 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 thugs--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 great deal 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 or so, you'll find that "Wait Until Dark" 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. The end-credits theme song (by Mancini, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans) seems a throwaway, but is nicely sung by the uncredited Sue Raney. *** from ****


27 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 195 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1967 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wait Until Dark See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed