Susy (Audrey Hepburn), recently blinded and still adjusting to her new life in the dark, is about to come face to face with evil incarnate: Roat (Alan Arkin), a vicious killer who will do anything to get back a heroin-stuffed teddy bear he thinks Susy has…
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the way audrey carries herself; how she plays the character as intensely aware of her own fragility, her blindness, her body but even when she’s feeling bitter and vulnerable she carries on; she’ll be doubled over in pain, breathing so hard with heart in her lungs...when she smashes the lightbulbs to make the men as blind as she is...ALLEGORY OF MEN BEING MADE TO KNOW THE TERROR AND FEAR OF WOMANHOOD!
It's true all about plot holes (or what Ebert said as "idiot plot") but this film pays you more than enough talking bout the climax, the atmosphere, deep and solid chemistry between the good girl (Suzy) and the criminal (Mike). It's like Scream / scary home invasion stories + Hitchcockian plot.
Magnificently shot (considering its a film adaptation of a play) and well acted, Wait Until Dark is a great and suspenseful watch. Also the end of an era as Audrey Hepburn took a several year hiatus from acting. Well worth the time...
One of the most suspenseful films of my childhood and still is a powerfully intense thriller. It's shocking to see Arkin here as a bad guy, and not just bad; evil. He really nails the part and is a frightening presence in the film. Audrey as always couldn't be more wonderful if she tried.
Doesn't stand the test of time. I found many moments intended to be suspenseful funny, especially the ''big moment'' everyone's talking about. The story has loopholes, and Audrey, although charming, is pretty cartoonish in some scenes.