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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:

Warte, bis es dunkel ist 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

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

Gloria's hair changes from messy to tidy in between shots as she throws kitchen appliances on the ground. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in T.J. Hooker: Blind Justice (1982) 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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Excellent
29 April 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Excellent,very underrated suspense where Audrey Hepburn shows how much

eclectic she was from psychological dramas (children's hour) to musicals (My fair lady)to thrillers "in camera " like this absorbing exciting "wait until dark" .Directed by Terence YOung (who directed the best James Bond bar one -Goldfinger-),it never gives the feeling of watching a filmed stage production and however it was a play in the first place.Hepburn is wonderful as the courageous blind woman who 's got to fight against killers (and she gets fine support from Richard Crenna and Alan Arkin) in her apartment.Influenced by "rear window" ,it's perhaps not as good as Hitch's classic,but it rises to the occasion.The scene when Hepburn shoots out (and smashes) all the lights is mind-boggling.So is the fridge's terrifying sequence which climaxes the movie.

Every cine buff fond of suspense deserves -and must see- "Wait until dark" Sit down and get some scares...in the dark of course.


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