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Wait Until Dark (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 26 October 1967 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The blinds moving up and down. . .the squeaking shoes. . .and then the knife whistling past her ear. . . See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warte, bis es dunkel ist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,550,741
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During an interview for the DVD of the film, Alan Arkin claimed that he was once attending a viewing of the film when he heard what he called "a scream from like a thousand people, which scared the hell of me." When he asked what it was, the interviewer replied, "it's you!" Also, Arkin mentioned that this went on at screenings of the film for months, and at the climatic moment of the film, everyone went "berserk!" See more »

Goofs

After Sam leaves the apartment and gets splashed by the cab, the camera pans across the street, when the camera pans back to the curb, the large puddle that caused the splash is practically gone. 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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I liked this movie- a lot!
13 March 1999 | by jimbo-38See all my reviews

Recently blinded woman is unwittingly in possession of a doll filled with drugs. A very mean narcotics dealer concocts an elaborate scheme to trick her into handing it over to him. A great psychological thriller with a twist- the audience knows exactly what's happening but gets to watch the heroine try to figure it out. There's almost no explicit violence in this movie, yet there's an underlying current of foreboding and suspense that literally permeates the entire film. You know something very bad is going to happen.Alan Arkin gives the performance of a lifetime as the cool, calm, collected psychopath who truly enjoys hurting people. And Audrey Hepburn is incredibly beautiful. You could pluck her out of this movie, clothes and all, and stick her in the toniest 90's club in New York and she'd still be the height of fashion.

There's a great `shocking' ending that really doesn't make much sense- but it's still a really good sixties movie.


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