Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1967. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Robert Carrington, Jane-Howard Carrington, based on the play by Frederick Knott. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Mel Ferrer. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by George Jenkins. Film Editing by Gene Milford. 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.