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Experiment in Terror (1962)

Glenn Ford , Lee Remick , Blake Edwards  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon
  • Producers: Blake Edwards, Don Peters
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Experiment in Terror" on IMDb

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From acclaimed director Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) comes this shocking tale of suspense. Kelly Sherwood (Academy Award® nominee Lee Remick, 1962, Best Actress, Days of Wine and Roses) works as a bank teller in 1960s San Francisco when she is threatened by a shadowy, asthmatic man (Ross Martin, TV’s “The Wild Wild West”), who demands that she steal $100,000 from her bank. When the man threatens the lives of Kelly and her sister, FBI Agent John Ripley (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma) is put on the case. The investigation sends Ripley on a wild goose chase through the streets of San Francisco, leading to a thrilling climax during a baseball game at Candlestick Park, featuring actual members of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TENSE, EXCITING THRILLER..... July 2, 2003
Take an early, lean Blake Edwards, a tension filled script, a cast of fine actors, great San Francisco location shooting and a suspenseful score by Henry Mancini and you have "Experiment in Terror"---one of the best suspense thrillers ever made. Adapted by the story's authors, it pits innocent bank clerk Lee Remick against asthmatic madman Ross Martin who terrorizes her in an extortion plot to rob her bank. His threats include harming her kid sister Stefanie Powers. When Remick contacts the FBI, agent Glenn Ford and his associates barrel into action. The result is a bizarre cat & mouse game between Remick, Martin and Ford. Martin is slick and murderous. But he manages to finance expensive hip surgery for a 6 yr.old Asian boy whose mother he's seeing. His heavy breathing is some of the most realistic I've ever heard in a film. Edwards directs "Experiment" in a fast paced style that keeps you glued to the screen all the way to the Giants game finale. Again, his on location shooting is superb. He never goes for the cheap shot in this film. Some scenes are just down right creepy. "Experiment in Terror" gets my vote as one of the best DVD finds around and deserves collector's status. It's wonderful b&w photography is preserved in a nice crisp print and the sound is fine. This is a first rate keeper all the way. Enjoy.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Next Time, Kelly, I'll Kill You For Sure!" November 13, 2005
The calendar year of 1962 sure was a fantastic year for movies! Just look at this impressive lineup of cinematic gems released in '62 ---

"Lawrence Of Arabia", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "The Longest Day", "The Music Man", "Mutiny On The Bounty", "The Miracle Worker", "Cape Fear", "Days Of Wine And Roses", "The Manchurian Candidate", "How The West Was Won", "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?", "Advise & Consent", "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Requiem For A Heavyweight", "Lonely Are The Brave", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Knife In The Water", "Dr. No", and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance".

Holy smoke! What a great year for moving pictures it was. (The first five films I listed above were the five nominees for "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards, with "Lawrence", starring Peter O'Toole, taking home first prize.)

And -- in addition to that grand laundry list of goodies above -- there is also the 1962 film contained on this exceptional DVD -- "Experiment In Terror" -- which is one of my top '62 favorites.

"Experiment In Terror" was produced and directed by 39-year-old Blake Edwards, who also directed one of those other memorable '62 flicks on my list above ("Days Of Wine And Roses", which co-starred Jack Lemmon and "Experiment" star Lee Remick). Both Lemmon and Remick were nominated for Oscars for "Wine And Roses". The trophies, however, were won by Gregory Peck and Anne Bancroft.

"Experiment In Terror" is a brilliant and compelling black-and-white thriller. It makes you squirm in your seat from the extraordinarily-eerie beginning right through to its climax, which takes place on the pitcher's mound at San Francisco's "Candlestick Park".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARING July 6, 2003
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this one was very daring for it's time. the opening score is one of the most ominous music compositions i've ever heard. it's simple but terrifying. you know from the beginning that "something" is going to happen and it does. a woman is manipulated and extorted and threatened all in the first 10 minutes, inevitably compelled to involve the FBI. to divulge any more of this ominous little film would be unfair. a thriller in the most definitive form of the word. it boasts two of the best actors ever to grace the silver screen: Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. this was director Blake Edwards sole attempt at a dramatic film. this attempt proved to be sufficient. it's a cinematic masterpiece. watch it with the lights out!!!!
as for the DVD, not much in extras but the transfer and audio are very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All April 20, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
On a basic level "Experiment in Terror" is a police procedural. The hunt for a stalker, blackmailer and murderer. Under Blake Edwards direction it becomes alot more. Filmed in black and white with a fondness for night scenes the film unsettles its audience by allowing them to use their imaginations. No gratuitous violence or blood splattered scenes. In its shadows where the horrors are barely glimpsed the audience has to use their imagination to conjure up their worst nightmares. That is often scarier than a graphic depiction. Ford and Remmick are excellent and Ross Martin turns in a performance that makes him the world champion haevy breather. Martin is noted for lighter roles but is superb here in his sinister turn. Henry Mancini's subtle but unsettling score is icing on the cake. Enjoy with the lights out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Crime Story With Nice Cast April 30, 2006
Although it's two hours long and there is nothing much resembling today's blood and guts-action-a-minute thrillers, this 1960s crime story still entertains, thanks to an interesting cast.

Sure, they could have chopped off 15 minutes of this to make it a bit tighter but watching Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers and Ross Martin isn't all bad, especially Remick, a gorgeous woman with one of the sweetest, softest voices I've ever heard. Powers, 19 when she filmed this, was easy on the eyes, too. Martin is effectively creepy as the asthmatic killer and Ford is good as the no-nonsense FBI man after him. I look at Ford as one of the better and underrated actors of his generation.

The DVD also shows off some nice film noir-type photography to its best. The clothing, cars and hairstyles might be a little out-of-date but the dialog isn't, and it's refreshing to watch a crime film without today's profanity laced through it.

Overall, it''s solid film-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller
While older movies do not have the effects and technology that the new movies have, this one did not need it. Very well done and creepy thriller. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cassi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was as described.
Published 1 month ago by John Sziber
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
On of the great Film Noir movies.
Published 1 month ago by W. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great black and white film. Really enjoyed rewatching it.
Published 3 months ago by Steelerette
5.0 out of 5 stars who all enjoyed it, too
I saw this when it came out at the movie and it scared the wits out of me! Just watching it again gave me that same creepy feeling of thinking about someone knowing about me and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Granny B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love It
Published 3 months ago by C. Storey
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have made sure it played in US DVD players
It's definitely the movie he wanted. Except it can be played on the DVDs in the US! They tried several different player and it wouldn't play.
Published 4 months ago by Randi porcenaluk
1.0 out of 5 stars Experiment in Terror never arrived
In order to open up this review portion I had to click on a star. I can't give this DVD a rating as the seller was kind enough to cancel the order and contact me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Skeeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Not Scared
A tense, taut thriller with an extremely chilling performance by the late, great Ross Martin, al luminous Lee Remick and an effectively earnest , bedraggled Glenn Ford.
Published 4 months ago by Sanford Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre But Believable -
I don't give many Five Star ratings to many things, movies included. This one deserved it. It is suspense at its best. I first saw Experiment in Terror on TV and was stunned. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim in California
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