Wait Until Dark 1967

Wait Until Dark

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Nail-bitingly tense and brilliantly acted, Wait Until Dark is a compact thriller that makes the most of its fiendishly clever premise.

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After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat (Alan Arkin) has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy (Audrey Hepburn), alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs.

Cast & Crew

Audrey Hepburn
Susy Hendrix
Alan Arkin
Roat, Harry Roat Jr, Roat Sr
Robby Benson
Boy Tossing Ball
Frederick Knott
Writer
Robert Howard-Carrington
Writer
Jane Howard-Carrington
Writer
Henry Mancini
Original Music
Charles Lang
Cinematographer
Gene Milford
Film Editor
George Jenkins
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Wait Until Dark

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Wait Until Dark

  • Oct 30, 2017
    This is such a well-made, exquisitely-directed and nail-biting thriller that we easily overlook how contrived the plot may be, while Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin elevate this to a classic and offer us a climax that should be remembered as one of the most terrifying of all times.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2016
    It's hard to say whether Audrey Hepburn truly pulls off being blind in this movie, but this is a strong cast, and seriously creepy story. Alan Arkin is fantastic as the ruthless drug dealer who schemes with a couple of characters played by Richard Crenna and Jack Weston to trick Hepburn into letting them into her home, in search of a doll that was used to smuggle heroin and which ended up in her husband's possession. The film is not 100% convincing and you'll probably find yourself pointing out a few plot holes, but it's convincing enough, and I liked how taut the story-telling was. What could be more eerie than thinking you're alone in your apartment, but have three men with you in the room? We feel for this vulnerable blind woman and pull for her as she begins to figure out what's happening by paying attention to her other senses (and getting some help from a neighbor girl), and there is real tension as she does. You'll have to suspend disbelief a little bit to enjoy it, but it's certainly worth watching.
    Antonius 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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 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, <i>Wait Until Dark</i> 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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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