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The Mind Benders (1963)

Dedicated British scientist Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure).

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Basil Dearden

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James Kennaway (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dirk Bogarde ... Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman
Mary Ure ... Oonagh Longman
John Clements John Clements ... Major Hall
Michael Bryant ... Dr. Danny Tate
Wendy Craig ... Annabella
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Professor Sharpey
Geoffrey Keen ... Calder
Terry Palmer Terry Palmer ... Norman
Norman Bird ... Aubrey
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A British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists, then kills himself. Another scientist, Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) decides that they might have brainwashed him by a sensory deprivation technique, but he doesn't know if someone really can be convinced to act against their strongest feelings. So he agrees to be the subject in an experiment in which others will try to make him stop loving his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure).

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A love affair destroyed by an experiment that defies the human mind! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mind Benders See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the U.K. print, top-billed Sir Dirk Bogarde (Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman) does not turn up until eighteen minutes in. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the film a scientist commits suicide by jumping off a moving train. According to the direction of the train, he jumps out on the right hand side. However, when the train is stopped and people disembark and go down the line to check on him, they are getting out of the train on the left hand side. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman: I'm tired. I'm tired of the stupidity that makes a crime out of discovery.
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Crazy Credits

This story was suggested by experiments on "THE REDUCTION OF SENSATION" recently carried out by certain Universities in the United States. The producers whilst making this acknowledgment wish to state, however the the events & characters portrayed are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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A very odd but thought-provoking film
10 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is not among Dirk Bogarde's more famous films. Still, it's very enjoyable and worth a look...and would make a great double-feature with "The Manchurian Candidate".

The film begins with a seemingly loyal British professor killing himself...and he was suspected of being an enemy spy. However, Professor Longman (Bogarde) cannot believe that his dear friend would be a spy and suspects that their sensory deprivation research COULD have warped the poor man's mind. A subsequent experiment proves, the hard way, that this could indeed be the case.

Unless you are watching the pilot episode of the original "Hawaii Five-O", you won't get a better look at sensory deprivation tanks and their ability to warp a person's mind. A fascinating, cerebral sort of film that is well worth seeing and Bogarde, as usual, is excellent!


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