24 April 2014

Wait Until Dark (1967)
108 min.
Directed by Terence Young.
With Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jack Weston, Julie Herrod, Frank O'Brien, Samantha Jones.
Based on the stage play of the same name by Frederick Knott, this well done thriller is worth a watch.

Audrey Hepburn is Susy Hendrix, a blind woman who is terrorized by psycho Harry Roat (Arkin) and his accomplices Mike (Crenna) and Carlino (Weston).

Turns out Harry's wife stashed some heroin inside a doll, and gave it to Susy's husband, Sam (Zimbalist). And Harry and his friends want that doll back...at any cost!

But just because she's sightless doesn't mean Susy will be easy prey. In fact, she may even turn the tables on the ruthless thugs.

This kind of demanding role is difficult to play, but Hepburn pulls it off. She's vulnerable throughout, yet tough in the final scenes when she decides to fight back by using her blindness to her advantage.

Directior Young (who did three early James Bond features in the '60s) injects Wait Until Dark with a palpable air of suspense, while Alan Arkin is a revelation, delivering a menacing performance that will make you shudder.

With a memorably spooky theme by the great Henry Mancini.

For a similar flick, also try See No Evil (1971) starring Mia Farrow.

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