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Passionate Determination

I wonder how many people pick up on the fact that this was originally a play. There are some of the usual telltale signs - most of the action takes place in a single location, there's a small number of characters (only 7 are credited), and those characters are drawn sharply, with much of the plot being moved forward by dialog. I happened to hear this fact before watching it in full, following an earlier episode where I tuned in long enough to want to watch the whole thing. I hadn't picked up on its origin then, but it wasn't a proper test. Being "based upon material already published" isn't necessarily a bad thing for a movie, it just means everyone has to try harder to be successful. Much credit here goes to the script, but the cast is what ultimately makes it work.

Audrey Hepburn plays a recently blind woman, beset by thugs pretending to be otherwise, who are in search of a particular item they believe she has. I would love to see a stage production of Wait Until Dark, primarily to have something to contrast with the performance of Audrey Hepburn. Her choices bring the audience close to her emotionally and is the critical piece that makes everything work. The supporting cast also delivers triumphantly, composed of actors who have had substantial careers (Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Jack Weston).

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