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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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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 »

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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

The role that eventually went to Alan Arkin was difficult to cast because the producers couldn't find actors willing to be cast in such a villainous role - not only terrorizing a blind woman, but terrorizing beloved Audrey Hepburn to boot! Alan Arkin later went on to say how easy it was for him to get the role because of the reluctance of other actors to take it. See more »

Goofs

The time in between when Mike leaves and Carlino reappears is too long. Mike and Carlino chat with each other quickly about a strategy, and Carlino leaves. In this time, Susy has already changed, cleaned up, found the doll, and conjured up a plan with Gloria. If Carlino was supposed get there right after his conversation with Mike, Susy wouldn't have had the time to do all these things. Furthermore, it seems that he looks through the window after some time, even though he is supposed to be visiting Susy. 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 The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) 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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Leaping Loungerooms!
22 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Never in my life have I ever seen 800 people fly off their seas like I did the night I saw WAIT UNTIL DARK at the cinema in 1970. And I was up there with them. Moaning away in shock. Screaming! (and I don't scream) ............In the run up to the final 20 mins the cinema management slammed the foyer doors, switched off all the aisle lights one by one all around the cinema, and turned up the volume; ripples of creepiness washed over the audience....and then....whammo! The noise from the audience, the screaming and the shifting about in our seats.....I haven't heard shocked noises like that in a cinema since. Do yourself a BIG favour...........get the DVD and watch this at home, by yourself, in total darkness! You will scream your head off and tell everyone you know what a great thriller this is.


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