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Wait Until Dark is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn). Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy's life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple's New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat (Alan Arkin). The tension builds as Roat, aided by his gang, impersonates police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy's confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. The climax of the film, a violent physical confrontation between Susie and Roat in her dark kitchen, is one of the most memorable and frightening scenes in screen history. All performances are outstanding, particularly those of Audrey Hepburn who plays a vulnerable, but self-reliant woman, and Alan Arkin, in perhaps his best role, as the ruthless, manipulative Roat. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:October 26, 1967


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Audrey Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Audrey Hepburn Best Actress 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1967 Nominee


Audrey Hepburn
as Susy Hendrix
Alan Arkin
as Roat
Richard Crenna
as Mike Talman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
as Sam Hendrix
Jack Weston
as Carlino
Julie Herrod
as Gloria
Gary Morgan
as Boy
Jean del Val
as The Old Man


Terence Young
Mel Ferrer
Robert Carrington
Charles B. Lang
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Livingston
Bobby Darin
Gordon Bau