Audrey Hepburn was beautiful, delicate, self-sufficient and blind in the film Wait Until Dark. Oh, and she was being terrorized by a group of thugs. Hepburn's character, Susy Hendrix, is married to Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr). After one of his business trips, he unknowingly brings home a doll full of heroin. When Sam leaves on another trip, the thugs close in on Susy. But no amount of talking, threatening and posing as fake cops and other seemingly innocent characters by the thugs can force Susy to give up the doll, which she doesn't know anything about. Finally, the men decide violence is the only way. But they've underestimated Susy, who has a few tricks of her own, including smashing all the lightbulbs in the apartment, plunging her attackers into the dark and leveling the battlefield.
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Hepburn took a bit of a detour with this role; neither the pampered socialite nor the enthusiastic dreamer, she played Susy as a rather plain, ordinary housewife (there wasn't a tiara in sight). The performance earned her both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, while Zimbalist got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bravo ranked the film's climax, with one of the thugs pouring gasoline throughout Susy's apartment and threatening to burn her alive, as tenth on their 100 Scariest Movie Moments. 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
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