Wait Until Dark1967
Wait Until Dark (1967)
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Critic Reviews for Wait Until Dark
This 1967 thriller draws its effectiveness less from the intelligence of the direction (by Terence Young) than from the unbridled sadism of the concept.
It has, in the form of Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, two of the very best performances in the genre's history.
This superb drama filled with spell-binding tension has not lost an iota of its considerable impact, even 40 years after it was made. Audrey Hepburn is mesmerising as the blind woman whose quick thinking is more illuminating than the brightest of lights
Audrey Hepburn received her fifth (and last) Oscar nomination for effectively playing a blind woman in this well-executed thriller based on the Broadway smash hit; equally good are the villains, played by the young Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna.
Audience Reviews for Wait Until Dark
If it's tense and nerve-wracking thrills that you're looking for, you'll be hard-pressed to find better than this living room drama about drug dealing murderers trying to get a blind woman (Audrey Hepburn) to hand over their misplaced stash. Alan Arkin shines as a particularly dark presence, but it's Audrey's show all the way.
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.
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.
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