Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Philip Dunne|
|Produced by||Marvin Schwartz|
|Screenplay by||Philip Dunne
W. H. Menger
|Based on||Blindfold (1960)
by Lucille Fletcher
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Ted J. Kent|
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.
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.
- Rock Hudson as Dr. Bartholomew Snow
- Claudia Cardinale as Vicky Vicenti
- Jack Warden as General Pratt
- Guy Stockwell as James Fitzpatrick
- Alejandro Rey as Arthur Vicenti
- Brad Dexter as Detective Harrigan
- Anne Seymour as Smitty
- Hari Rhodes as Captain Davis
- Vito Scotti as Michaelangelo Vincenti
- Angela Clarke as Lavinia Vincenti
- John Megna as Mario Vincenti
- Paul Comi as Barker
- Ned Glass as Lippy
- Frank Campanella as a Police Agent
- Mort Mills
The film earned an estimated $2 million in rentals in North America.
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.
- "Blindfold". American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
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