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The Mind Benders

The Mind Benders

Director: Basil Dearden Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements

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Overview

A scientist's attempts to clear the name of a friend nearly destroy his life in this intelligent science fiction drama. Prof. Sharpley (Harold Goldblatt) is a research scientist from Oxford University working with the British government on experiments in sensory deprivation. One day, Sharpley suddenly and shockingly commits suicide by throwing himself under an oncomming train while holding a briefcase stuffed with cash. While investigating the death, the police present the theory that Sharpley was a double agent, perhaps allied with the Communists, and that the death was the final result of his shame over betraying Great Britain. However, Sharpley's friend and associate Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) strongly disagrees, and he speculates that Sharpley's death had something to do with his research. In hopes of clearing Sharpley's name with police investigator Maj. Hall (John Clements), Longman begins subjecting himself to sessions in a sensory deprivation tank in order to prove that use of the technique can make one unusually suceptable to brainwashing or hypnotic suggestion. Longman emerges from the chamber frightened and disoriented, and in Long's presence one of his associates is able to convince Longman that he no longer cares for his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure). The doctor returns home displaying a callous and distant attitude toward his pregnant wife, and his personality begins to display an increasing number of deeply troubling changes. James Kennaway adapted the screenplay from his own novel.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2019
UPC: 0738329240097
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 73,676

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Dr. Henry Longman
Mary Ure Oonagh Longman
John Clements Maj. Hall
Michael Bryant Dr. Tate
Wendy Craig Annabelle
Edward Fox Stewart
Harold Goldblatt Prof. Sharpey
Geoffrey Keen Calder
Terry Palmer Norman
Norman Bird Aubrey
Roger Delgado Dr. Jean Bonvoulois
Terry Alexander Coach
Timothy Beaton Paul
Christopher Ellis Peer
Edward Palmer Porter
Robin Hawdon Student in Oxford
Philip Ray Father
Pauline Winter Mother
Elizabeth Counsell Girl Student on Station
Anthony Singleton Boy Student on Station

Technical Credits
Basil Dearden Director
Georges Auric Score Composer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Harry Frampton Makeup
John Guthridge Editor
James Kennaway Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Michael Relph Producer