"Wait Until Dark" has lasted for 23 years as one of the scariest movies ever made. Audrey is fabulous as a blind woman who is harassed by three men trying to find an object in her apartment without her noticing. The cinematography is excellent, especially at the end when the audience is practically struck blind as well. A wonderful choice for viewing on a dark night.
Great thriller, great acting, great music, great directing. (by Semih)
My title sums it all. I was very surprised at how good this film was. I found it very similar to a movie like "Rear Window". One other person's comments was titled "The best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made". It think that is very true. Most of the film is shot within this basement apartment unit. And the thriller is so great because of Hepburn being blind and these three bad guys freely walking into her unit and introducing themselves as her husband's friends, or police, or some neighbour. But they all forget one thing: She uses her ears like no regular <more>
person does, she doesn't need eyes. But that is where the thriller kicks in. Sometimes it is pretty painful for us to watch us who can see because she seems so vulnerable. Wrapping around of all this is Henry Mancini's music. He is using a technique that he also used in the film "Night Visitor" where there is this melody on the keyboard and after everynote there is the detuned note following it. Pretty cool effect. One thing I didn't get though, There is a scene where the room looks pretty dark and Alan Arkin still has his sun glasses on. I loved this film, 10 out of 10.
At first I thought this movie would only be mildly suspenseful, but how wrong I was. This is quite a clever movie. I was really amazed by the thorough attention that is given to even minor details. Everything in this movie just fits together perfectly....the pace, the setting, the overall mood, the way one thing leads to another....everything. The director of this movie did a great job. Of course, what would this movie be without the excellent performances given by its cast. Who would've known that Audrey Hepburn, one of the classiest ladies of the twentieth century, would be so <more>
appropriate for a thriller like this one. She plays a blind woman, and she is so right for this part. Her performance is remarkable....I cannot picture any other actress of the day in that role. Also, Alan Arkin is awesome, playing a psychotic killer. For the most part, this movie contains some shocking moments that will make you jump. Definitely wait until dark to see this movie....turn off all the lights and watch it after midnight if you can, for an even greater suspenseful effect.
Gutsy filmmaking and great performances (by srella)
Everyone's afraid of the things that go bump in the night. For people who are blind, things that go bump in the day can be just as frightening.Terrence Young's "Wait Until Dark," starring Audrey Hepburn, capitalizes on just that fear. A man in an airport is handed a doll by a complete stranger. The doll, unbeknownst to the man, is being used to transport heroin into the country. When some crooks want the doll, they track down the man. Their search leads them to his New York City apartment ... and his wife, who is blind.Audrey Hepburn turns in a wonderful performance as Suzy <more>
Hendrix, a woman who has been coping with blindness for a year. Just starting blind school and learning how to relive her life, Suzy is a functioning -- albeit frightened -- mass of walking vulnerability. Her husband Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. is intent on making her learn how to do things on her own, and she is eager to please him, while at the same time desperate for help. Her stress and fatigue is palpable.When the crooks -- played by Richard Crenna and Jack Weston, and led by a heavily accented Alan Arkin -- begin their elaborate confidence scam against Suzy, she has no way of knowing they are lying. If Crenna says he is an old war friend of Suzy's husband, how does she know he is making it up? If they tell her there is a police car watching her from outside her window, how is she supposed to know the street is empty? If the leader Roat is a different character each time he comes into her apartment, how can she tell? Sadly -- and very suspensefully -- she is unable to tell truth from lies without the help from both her young neighbor Gloria and her own heightened senses. The suspense shifts halfway into the film from us wondering if she will be swayed by the conmen to if she will be able to outsmart them, and, ultimately, if she will be able to outlive them."Wait Until Dark" is an amazingly suspenseful film with wonderful performances by Hepburn, Arkin, and Crenna. It keeps you both on the edge of your seat and at the end of your patience as you wait for Hepburn to realize what we already know. Not only are the men out to get the doll, but they are out to destroy Hepburn's confidence, as well as her life. Hepburn is totally believable as a blind woman, and she certainly did enough background work to earn the commendation -- as well as an Oscar nomination. Studying at a school for the blind before filming began, Hepburn learned how to use a walking stick, how to do her hair and make-up with her eyes closed, and even wore special contact lenses to impair her vision. Watching her, you truly feel her desperation and her vulnerability.Perhaps what makes this feel so good is the boldness of its approach. Just as Hepburn smashes out the light bulbs in her apartment to nullify her enemies' advantage, so too does director Terrence Young put the audience in the same spot as both the victim and the attacker. With moments of pure darkness in the film's final, nail-biting scene, the audience is also rendered blind, forced to rely on their other senses, just as Suzy does. It is gutsy, and it is brilliant. The loss of vision only heightens our tension. It makes us the hunted.Granted, there are some questionable plot points -- such as why Suzy didn't let young Gloria, who she soon found had the doll all along, keep it at her place, and out of the hands of the con artists, as well as the perplexing question of why a blind woman living in New York City very seldomly locks her door. But these are minutia in a sea of wonderful filmmaking, and nothing can take away from the "Wait Until Dark"'s wonderful, gradual climation of suspense. It is subtle, it is perfectly cast, and it is scary as hell.
A lot has happened to Susy Hendrix in the past year - she lost her sight in an auto accident, she got married, and now her husband has unknowingly brought home a doll full of heroin. Three men will do whatever it takes to get the doll. At first they try to trick her. When this doesn't work, they resort to violence.The con the three men attempt to work on Susy is amazing to watch unfold. They come to her one at a time with a story that slowly unfolds. They force Susy to believe that her husband was involved with a murder of a woman and that finding the doll is the only way to save him. The <more>
con reaches a point where Susy would do anything to get rid of the doll. But they push their luck a little too far and Susy starts to suspect that something is wrong. The con men believe they could pull one over on her because she is blind, but that doesn't mean she is stupid. Wait Until Dark may not be a traditional horror movie, but the final fifteen minutes or so with Susy and Roat alone in the darkened apartment are as gut-wrenching as I've ever seen. The horror comes from the situation Susy is faced with, the fact that we already know what Roat is capable of, and Susy's fragility and blindness. Together, these factors make for a very exhilarating ending.The acting in Wait Until Dark is phenomenal. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with Audrey Hepburn playing the blind Susy Hendrix. I bought her "blind act" from the first moment she appeared on screen. I'm not surprised that Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. And Alan Arkin is so deliciously psychotic as Roat. You really get the feeling he is capable of anything. Richard Crenna and Jack Watson are also quite good as the other two con men.
In Montreal, Lisa Samantha Jones brings a hand made doll stuffed with heroine to New York; however, in JFK Airport, she sees a stranger waiting for her and she gives an excuse and asks the photographer passenger Sam Hendrix Efrem Zimbalist Jr. to keep the doll for her and she meets the stranger. A couple of days later, the smalltime crooks Mike Talman Richard Crenna and his partner Sergeant Carlino Jack Weston are invited for a mysterious meeting in the apartment of Susy Hendrix Audrey Hepburn . While in the apartment, they find the body of Lisa hidden in a wardrobe and sooner the <more>
psychopath Roat Alan Arkin arrives and tells that their fingerprints are everywhere in the apartment; therefore they should help him to remove Lisa's body and offers a large amount for them to find the doll. When Susy returns, Mike lures her telling that he is an old friend from the Army of Sam, while Carlino and Roat pushes Susy in a sick game trying to find where the doll might be."Wait Until Dark" is a classic theatrical thriller, supported by a great screenplay and ,agnificent and unforgettable performances, highlighting Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. The story is tense and suspenseful even when watched for the third time, very well constructed and with a good conclusion. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Um Clarão nas Trevas" "A Glimpse in the Dark"
Never in my life have I ever seen 800 people fly off their seas like I did the night I saw WAIT UNTIL DARK at the cinema in 1970. And I was up there with them. Moaning away in shock. Screaming! and I don't scream ............In the run up to the final 20 mins the cinema management slammed the foyer doors, switched off all the aisle lights one by one all around the cinema, and turned up the volume; ripples of creepiness washed over the audience....and then....whammo! The noise from the audience, the screaming and the shifting about in our seats.....I haven't heard shocked noises like <more>
that in a cinema since. Do yourself a BIG favour...........get the DVD and watch this at home, by yourself, in total darkness! You will scream your head off and tell everyone you know what a great thriller this is.
GREAT THRILLER STAGE STUFF BECAUSE OF AUDREY & ALAN! (by shepardjessica-1)
I'j not a big fan of thriller plays and I've acted in this one , but well-made with superb casting - mainly Ms. Hepburn & Mr. Arkin with gliding, smooth support from Mr. Crenna & Mr. Weston; superbly lit with a great set and menacing music, it was Hepburn's last film for nine years and she should have won Best Actress nominated , and I pick Bonnie & Clyde to win ALL the other categories acting-wise , she kicks into gear and then retires..until ROBIN & MARION nine years later.Anyway, most stage-play thrillers don't make it on FILM, but this one is very <more>
claustrophobic and believable because of Hepburn who studies with blind people for a while . Turn the lights off ..like they did in the last 8 minutes in the theatre when it opened in '67!
Menace surrounding Hepburn in the dark (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
To be blind, deprived of the power even to see the danger that threatens you, is a frightening experience... It also, obviously, gave director Terence Young the opportunity to carry out one of the most important rules of suspense: let the audience discover more than the principal character...When we can see imminent danger which the victim, by definition, cannot see, the emotional impact is increased on the viewer... We desire earnestly to cry out in warning, but we cannot... We can only sit helplessly, and wait to see what become apparent... And when the sightless is a young and lovely <more>
woman, there are many twists and turns, disturbing moments, claustrophobic atmosphere, great suspense...Most of the drama is played out in Hepburn's apartment in NewYork, and there is an outstanding development when Susy Hendrix Hepburn , alone with her telephone cord cut and awaiting the return of the gangs, decides to use her disadvantage as a defensive weapon... Her one advantage in being blind was that she required no lightand she methodically destroyed all the light-bulbs...After three brutal murders, only the master-criminal, a merciless villain Alan Arkin is left to confront her He selected the most terrifying way of terrorizing her... Susy lost her sight in a car crash or really the fire from the crash Audrey Hepburn earned her 5th and final Academy Award nomination for her brilliant performance