• Unrated, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Mystery & Suspense
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    In Theaters:
    Oct 26, 1967 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 5, 2003
  • Warner Home Video


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Wait Until Dark Reviews

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Super Reviewer

September 20, 2013
A group of con artists try to get a doll, laden with drugs, from a blind who unknowingly received it.
A wonderful and tense thriller, Wait Until Dark works on almost every level. Alan Arkin, who made a career out of playing charismatic but curmudgeonly goofs, is bone-chilling as the sadistic Roat, and Audrey Hepburn, classic and demure, is every bit the damsel in distress. The plot unfolds brilliantly, and the con artists' plan is both clever and mysterious. The climatic scene thrills in almost total darkness.
I wish that the film had not shown us what is in the doll until the very end so that we can -- like Susy -- slowly discover the plot.
Overall, this is classic thriller that stands the tests of time.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 9, 2013
Elaborate, dark, intelligent and theatrical, Wait until Dark is definitely of the Hitchcockian school. Writing a story that is set in just one place is a hard thing to achieve, you can tell it is based on a theatre production but you can't help appreciate that it is the writing and the acting that are winning considering the small budget. The Hitchcockian influence is easy to spot but this film certainly has a certain style of its own, a suspense and dark undertone that brought all thrillers of the past into the future. It is one of those thrillers that marked a cornerstone in the genre. You can see why Terrance Young was chosen for the original Bond films, Alan Arkin just missed out on being a good Bond villain I should wonder. A great classic.
Spencer S

Super Reviewer

August 8, 2010
One of the darkest thrillers, and most innovative as well, this film is a classic suspense-thriller, verging into horror, without missing a beat. The aura of this film, or mis-en-scene, is always perfection, whether that be the bleak, underground set, the blank cinematography that captures the allure and horror of darkness, or the performances, all carried by actors who know their craft exceptionally well. The feeling of being trapped, or claustrophobic, permeates this film throughout, making you very uncomfortable and very aware of the stakes of the film. It's strange knowing the evil of the film, and the exposition, which makes the protagonist's plight that much more harrowing. The main heroine in the film is a recently blinded woman named Susie (Hepburn) who is left alone in her basement apartment by her husband to fight off several men who are looking for heroin in her apartment. The setup is so beautiful and horrific, and the way it is all explained in the first twenty minutes is encapsulating, strange since it simply involves several men talking to one another. The plot against Susie is extraordinary and yet so thrilling, because though they don't use blunt force against her, you know they could kill her in the next instant. Particularly scary is the performance from Alan Arkin as Harry Roate, described by many critics as one of the most terrifying and villainous performances onscreen. Arkin gets goofy once in a while, putting on disguises and trying to fool Susie, and that makes it a little cheesy, but otherwise this film feels perfectly thrilling from beginning to end. There's even an electrifying and heart stopping climax that will make any scaredy cat scream for their life. Just such a beautiful and shocking thriller, on so many levels.

Super Reviewer

November 17, 2011
This is a great example of economic filmmaking at some of its best.

Based on a play, this is Terence Young's crackling Hitchcockian thriller about a blind housewife manced by a gang of thugs who want a heroin stuffed doll that they believe she has.

Set primarily in a single location, and cranking the mise-en-scene up to the max, this is some tremendously gripping and entertaining stuff. I absolutely loved the use of sight and sound here, and how they really set up the mood, tone, and atmosphere quite brilliantly. This is one of those films where it could have easily been a no-frills straightforward thriller, but instead went the extra mile and delivered something special.

Young provides some innovative direction, Mancini brigns a really nice score, and all the technical stuff is brilliant, but what helps seal the deal even more are the performances. Hepburn is marvelous as the tormented hosuewife, and playing her attackers are Richard Crenna, Jack Weston, and Alan Arkin, all of whom deliver the goods. Special mention needs to go to Arkin though since he wonderfully pulls off a Peter Sellers here (multiple characters, accents). All the villains are good, but Arkin is definitely the most chilling and evil.

I really loved this movie. It's smart, intense, incredibly well made, and, even when watched during the middle of the day in plenty of light, still proves to be quite tense and spine tingling. Definitely check this one out.

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
Great movie, it's such a unique thriller, and it's got a good cast. I was really amazed with Hepburn's performance in this movie. If you like a good thriller, look no further.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

September 29, 2006
Audrey Hepburn plays a blind version of her usual lovable self as she's getting bamboozled by a bunch of con men in search of a heroin-filled doll. When they realize she's not that helpless and grossly underestimate her, things get ugly. As always, Hepburn is charming but almost has the show stolen from her by Alan Arkin while Richard Crenna and Jack Weston try and keep up. Terence Young's (early Bond director) direction is pretty tight and despite the claustrophobia a movie based on a play imposes, he pulls the whole thing off pretty well. Henry Mancini's score was pretty cool too even if if seemed to be trying a little too hard. I kind of wish I'd seen this sooner but it doesn't quite make my kick in the ass list. Great stuff nonetheless...
Megan S

Super Reviewer

April 4, 2010
I watched this because I had seen the play and I was interested to check out the film version. It was definitely just as awesome as the play was.

Super Reviewer

January 11, 2009
A thriller that's withstood forty-something years remarkably well.

Super Reviewer

May 29, 2008
All things considered, a really well done and engrossing film for it's time.

The plot line is overly complicated for it's own good, but the trick here is NOT to over analyze it. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The cast is solid and everyone does a good (if not a bit hammy at times) job in their roles.

Lot's of fun and creative ideas come into play which have (over the years) been borrowed from in other films.

I really good "old fashioned" thriller.
Nicki M

Super Reviewer

November 19, 2008
I have never quite "gotten" the whole thing with Audrey Hepburn. I have never thought she was all that attractive or especially good as an actress. Here I found her okay, although a bit annoying, but the actual movie is really good. Great suspense thriller which kept me interested all the way through.. Alan Arkin is excellent in it and also the young actress who plays Gloria.

Super Reviewer

August 24, 2009
For a 1960's film it not only works well it is actually still suspenseful.
Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin turn out some wonderful performances, Richard Crenna makes for a likeable bad guy and the plot unfolds at a nice pace. A highly recommended top notch old school thriller.

Super Reviewer

February 12, 2007
This is the screen's most memorable thrillers. Alan Arkin's especially frightened as the psychotic gang's mastermind who alternates between moments of deceptive charm and sudden violence in this attempt to separate Audrey Hepburn from the doll.
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

April 26, 2008
hey! the bad guys take a nod from the coppers and use "good"bad guy, "bad" bad guy to put the squeeze on poor lil blind as a bat (is it politically correct to say that?) audrey, only she got her own ideers! very tense, very nerve-wracking...you've been warned.
Leigh R

Super Reviewer

November 30, 2006
Fantastic film... I love Audrey so much.
Rico Z

Super Reviewer

July 3, 2006
Audrey Hepburn is awesome as the heroine (no pun intended). The mystery and suspense build to a riveting climax that (tame by today's standards) is still filled with extraordinary amounts of drama and tension. I was in this play in high school and have loved the movie ever since.
John B

Super Reviewer

May 23, 2014
This often produced play is taken to the big screen in an excellent way. Audrey Hepburn's vulnerability is used to gripping effect as is Alan Arkin's roughian.
Bradley J.
Bradley J.

Super Reviewer

June 23, 2011
Chilling, and acting from the two leads. You truly feel sad for Audrey, and Arkin is convincingly creepy. The terrifying climax is awesome! Overall Rating:84

Super Reviewer

April 2, 2010
People often remark on how much more terrifying, or better even, old horror films are. Movies that are stated as being the best in horror date back from the twenties and thirties with classics like Nosferatu and King Kong, until around the eighties with movies like The Shining and Poltergeist. One movie that is often overlooked is Wait Until Dark.

Okay, Wait Until Dark may not have any memorable monsters, and it may take ages to get to the scary moments, but that's what makes it scary. The waiting for the story to break.

The movie stars the ever so lovely Audrey Hepburn in what I find to be one of her best roles, if not her best: A blind woman who is only still learning how to live with her handicap as she is going to school for it. The movie also stars Alan Arkin, who proves that whether it is him in the 60's or the new millennium, and whether or not he has hair, he looks the same, but that's beside the point. It also proves that he was just as good an actor back then as he is now. He plays the main antagonist; a criminal on the search for heroin stuffed inside of a doll. It is of obvious importance to him, as he has already killed someone in the process; a conwoman named Lisa.

Suzy (Audrey) is left alone in her house, as this is taken advantage of by three criminals. By pretending to be friends of his husband and cops and other people, the con men get Suzy to believe that Lisa's death was perhaps her husband's doing, which she refuses to believe (although she does get a suspicion that they were having an affair). After questioning why she heard obscure sounds (such as the blinds being opened and closed all the time), she finally realizes that she is being robbed, as she races to find a way to stop it.

Amazing acting, as already mentioned, and a perfect score for the tension, Wait Until Dark is a thriller that is very often overlooked. While the film is very talkative, the final twenty minutes make up for this as it becomes a very intimidating experience. I highly suggest watching this film in the dark to take advantage of its dim lighting and, sometimes, lack of lighting all together. Even if you do not find this film scary or any bit frightening, the whole movie is fantastic and very well thought out, and I wish more horror movies nowadays were like this. In the end, it is most modern horror movies that are blind, not Suzy.

Final Rating: 9.8/10
Keep An Eye Out For: Alan Arkin. He tends to do many sneaky things throughout the film which aren't always noticed until multiple viewings.
William G

Super Reviewer

April 28, 2007
Thriller starts out decent, only grows tauter until terrific climax.
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