Wait Until Dark (1967)

TERENCE YOUNG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1967.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1967.  Golden Globe Awards 1967.  

Effective thriller stars Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman whose house is invaded by a burglar (Alan Arkin). At first terrified, Hepburn eventually realizes that if she kills all the lights in her apartment she’ll have the upper hand, since she knows her way around the place blind and he doesn’t. It soon becomes apparent that the culprit has more in mind than just taking a few belongings, he actually means to murder her! She has no idea that she is in possession of a doll full of heroin that he wants very badly. This absolutely terrifying film features first-rate direction and a marvelous performance by Hepburn, who is physically convincing in her blindness and emotionally shattering as a woman in peril. Based on the stage play of the same name, the film is kept to a minimalist amount of set pieces that feels appropriately claustrophobic, but never dull or stagy.

One Comment Add yours

  1. vinnieh says:

    Great post, I’ve been meaning to watch this film for ages.

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