Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

DVD - 2003
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A photographer unknowingly brings home a drug-filled doll. His blind wife is terrorized by two murderous men in search of it.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2003
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780790779379
0790779374
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mnunez2012
Dec 21, 2016

This remains one of my favorite movies. Audrey Hepburn acts well in this movie and the screenplay and writing is superb. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good suspenseful thriller. The soundtrack by Mancini is great too.

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DollyWannaCracker
Oct 03, 2015

Audrey Hepburn was INCREDIBLE! I can only imagine how hard it would be to play a blind person with your eyes open, but she did it flawlessly.

A brutally tense movie, my lip had gnaw marks at the end. Very much out of her normal genre, Hepburn looked like she was born for this part. I am sooooo impressed.

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slarsen
May 09, 2015

I really liked this movie. Good action and just tense enough to keep watching. Get your snacks before you sit down.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

An antique doll stuffed with a small fortune in heroin falls into the unwitting hands of a blind Manhattan housewife who has no clue as to its true value. Desperate to get it back, a pair of low-level crooks and their psychotically evil boss stage an elaborate ruse involving fake IDs and role-playing in order to trick her into surrendering the toy. But she proves to be smarter than they think and a relatively tame deception quickly escalates into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Set almost entirely within the confines of a small New York apartment, director Terence Young manages to wring a surprising amount of dramatic tension out of his limited space especially during the final crucial moments which he wisely filmed in near total darkness. And in the lead role a luminous Audrey Hepburn is given free reign to showcase her enormous star power, deservedly garnering an Oscar nomination in the process. But the concocted plot is so blatantly outlandish that I found its clever little twists more amusing than suspenseful while Alan Arkin’s hissing malevolent gangster (complete with affected New York twang) seemed straight out of an underground comic book. Finally, a highly improbable (though intricately staged) climactic showdown gave the envelope that final push. A fine piece of entertainment nonetheless, as long as you don’t overanalyze it.

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trotter73
Nov 27, 2014

it was entertaining.
I could barely recognize Alan Arkin, almost 50 years ago.

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garycornell
Nov 10, 2014

I love you Audrey Hepburn.
You are so good in "Wait Until Dark"! The innocence you show portraying a blind lady is so convincing. "Wait Until Dark" is directed by Terence Young, who keeps the suspense going from the open to the close of the movie. For my money, there are few suspense/mystery movies the equal "Wait Until Dark". Do me a favor, don't watch it alone. As I said, it does get tense!

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Ralphiesp
Jan 03, 2014

great! audrey and alan are awesome together in this movie!

Missumuch Oct 12, 2013

As usual, Ms Audrey is brilliant. Its challenging to play a convincing blind person, and to play one who is tricked, left on her own with nothing but her wits, and having to fight someone in the dark when your sight constantly leaves you in the dark is AMAZING. I have this as a VHS and cringe that this movie will get damaged as I cant find it as a dvd. Im her fan and have been since the age of ten when I first saw "The Childrens Hour" ( a redone of "These Three") so for me she can do no wrong. BRAVO.
(Yes she was nominated for an Oscar that year but she lost to Mia Farrow for "ROSEMARYS BABY")

MuddPuppy Jun 26, 2012

blind woman terrorized by a criminal (Alan Arkin) who's after a stash of heroin that was planted in her apartment inside a doll without her knowledge. When the stalker isolates Hendrix in her apartment, she must find a way to defeat him in a thrilling, chilling battle of wits, relying on all of her senses -- save her sight -- to stay alive.

Cast:Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin

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bookchick
Jun 01, 2011

incredible movie
i loved it

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BeardedMovieGuy
Jan 13, 2015

Many horror movies play on our fears of what goes bump in the night, or what is hiding in a dark basement. Wait Until Dark takes those fears to a new level, when it takes the premise of a main character being newly blind and being stalked by a thug in her own apartment. Audrey Hepburn does a fantastic job as a blind woman who is being pushed around, conned, and forced into letting a man into her apartment while her husband is away, all because her husband brought her a doll, which unknown to both of them had drugs inside. Alan Arkin is terrific as a bad man who will stop at nothing to get his drugs, even stooping so low as to trick a blind woman. The fear and terror that sits at the heart of Wait Until Dark is simple, if you can’t see, you can never be certain your truly alone, and that is a fear that most people can easily understand. For the most part the acting in Wait Until Dark is very good, with Hepburn standing out as usual, but Arkin was very good as a bad guy, which I never would have thought possible as he is always seen as a kinder gentler character for most of his films. It does drag a little in the middle, and the kid gives a regularly bad kid performance, but on the whole Wait Until Dark is a well put together thriller that hits the right notes for most of it running time.

3.5 Beards Out Of 5

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