Blindfold (film)

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Blindfold
Blindfold (film).jpg
Directed byPhilip Dunne
Produced byMarvin Schwartz
Screenplay byPhilip Dunne
W. H. Menger
Based onBlindfold (1960) 
by Lucille Fletcher
StarringRock Hudson
Claudia Cardinale
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byTed J. Kent
Production
  company
Universal Studios
Release date(s)
  • May 25, 1966 (1966-05-25) (New York)
Running time102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
 
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Blindfold
Blindfold (film).jpg
Directed byPhilip Dunne
Produced byMarvin Schwartz
Screenplay byPhilip Dunne
W. H. Menger
Based onBlindfold (1960) 
by Lucille Fletcher
StarringRock Hudson
Claudia Cardinale
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byTed J. Kent
Production
  company
Universal Studios
Release date(s)
  • May 25, 1966 (1966-05-25) (New York)
Running time102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Blindfold is a 1966 American motion picture by Universal Pictures, starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale that was based on Lucille Fletcher's 1960 novel of the same name. It was the last film directed by Philip Dunne, a successful Hollywood screenwriter of pictures such as How Green Was My Valley and The Robe. Sequences were filmed in Silver Springs, Florida.

Plot[edit]

A patient being psychoanalyzed by Dr. Bartholomew Snow is a government scientist who evidently has had a mental breakdown. General Pratt, a national security chief, hides the patient, Arthur Vicenti, in a remote place known only as "Base X," forcing Dr. Snow to wear a blindfold whenever he is taken there.

Enemy agents want to know what Vicenti knows, so he is in danger. The patient's sister, beautiful Vicky Vicenti, mistakenly believes that Dr. Snow is the one who abducted him. When she has the doctor arrested, Snow tells both the authorities and the press that he and Vicky are actually having a lovers' quarrel and are engaged to be married.

A man named Fitzpatrick turns up and claims to Dr. Snow that it is actually General Pratt himself who is the enemy agent. Unable to find the general, Dr. Snow tries to recreate sounds he heard while blindfolded to trace his way back to Base X.

He does so, only to find that Fitzpatrick has taken both Vicenti and Pratt captive. But soldiers arrive in airboats and place Fitzpatrick under arrest, leaving Vicky to consider whether she would like her make-believe engagement to Dr. Snow to be real.

Cast[edit]

Claudia Cardinale in one of her costumes for the film.

Reception[edit]

The film earned an estimated $2 million in rentals in North America.[2]

Influence[edit]

The scene where Hudson's character Dr Snow finds the secret base using only sounds he heard on the journey was borrowed for an almost identical scene in the 1992 film Sneakers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blindfold". American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8

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