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In Broad Daylight (1971)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 16 October 1971
A blind actor discovers his wife is cheating on him with his best friend, and hatches a plot to murder them both.

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Robert Day

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Boone ... Tony Chappel
Suzanne Pleshette ... Kate Todd
Stella Stevens ... Elizabeth Chappel
John Marley ... Lt. Bergman
Fred Beir ... Alex Crawford
Whit Bissell ... Capt. Moss
Paul Smith ... Charles - The Doorman
Dan Spelling Dan Spelling ... Teenager
Barbara Dodd ... Mother
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Cab Driver #2
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Dr. Grant
Sam Edwards ... Cunningham
Buddy Lewis Buddy Lewis ... Cab Driver #1
Frank Bello ... Sgt. Wilkes
Al Ward Al Ward ... Manager
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A man who recently lost his sight gets out of the hospital and plots to kill his unfaithful wife. He starts by pretending to be despondent over being blind. And he learns how to go around on his own. Eventually he masters it and he sets out to kill his wife and frame her lover. He kills her but leaves behind something that could implicate him. The police investigate but the one investigating doesn't think it was the lover and suspects him and tries to prove it. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A plena luz del día See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Worthy Early 70s Crime Drama
17 September 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Must disagree with the previous reviewer, who apparently only accepts Ingmar Bergman and Fellini as art and can't appreciate a good meat and potatoes thinking man's thriller when he sees it. IN BROAD DAYLIGHT isn't Fellini but it is definitely a suspenseful and rewarding early 70s crime drama featuring a memorable turn by Richard Boone as a blind man who pretends to be sighted in order to kill his philandering wife. Solid cast includes the timeless Stella Stevens, Suzanne Pleshette and Whit Bissell, all of whom turn in good performances. Perhaps there aren't the requisite car chases and gunplay associated with typical 70s crime drama, but this quieter revenge story is still absorbing and compelling from start to finish. More than anything, though, this is a character study of Boone's blind man coping with the realization of his betrayal and coldly calculating how to transform his helplessness and hatred into advantage and revenge. The clever premise is bolstered by real tension throughout and a satisfying Ulmeresque Detour-like ending, despite the previous reviewer's odd dismissal.

This was actually a TV-movie produced by Aaron (LOVE BOAT, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, MELROSE PLACE, etc.) Spelling before he took up the lowest common denominator jiggly soap opera / action adventure mantle which built his 250-room Palace of Versailles in Beverly Hills. Too bad Aaron didn't continue down this darker, less commercial but more intriguing road, which tells the bleak story of a bright man who refuses to live his life in the dark. Spelling might not have built his huge palace making movies like this, but he'd certainly still have wound up with a couple ten bedroom mansions and a beach house, and we'd have a far superior filmography to enjoy. 8.5 /10


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