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      The Mind Benders

      1963 1h 39m Sci-Fi Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 30% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Following the death of a fellow scientist accused of being a communist spy, Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) works to prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. To do so, Longman subjects himself to experiments in a sensory deprivation tank. This starts to take a heavy toll on his mental health; in particular, it alienates him from his wife. Additionally, his scientific credibility suffers and with it the chances for discovering the truth about his colleague. Read More Read Less

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      Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl ...a strange little film that explores what was then a trendy topic (the effects of sensory deprivation on the mind, as presented in a popular novel of the day) in a way that's both disturbing and memorable. Rated: 6/10 Oct 19, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An influential but forgettable and slow-moving sci-fi thriller with an agreeable espionage twist over a controversial secret mind-control experiment. Rated: B Apr 29, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A fine performance by Bogarde in an otherwise mediocre film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member While there are some impressive and emotionally intense scenes near the end, they are only arrived at via a trail of very bad and very improbable choices. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Drawn out film starring Dirk Bogarde as a scientist that is getting tested with the same techniques that caused a friend to commit suicide just recently. The film moves incredibly slow and feels like the end will never happen and once it does you're left asking that's it? Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member weird but interesting Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Following the death of a fellow scientist accused of being a communist spy, Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) works to prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. To do so, Longman subjects himself to experiments in a sensory deprivation tank. This starts to take a heavy toll on his mental health; in particular, it alienates him from his wife. Additionally, his scientific credibility suffers and with it the chances for discovering the truth about his colleague.
      Director
      Basil Dearden
      Producer
      Michael Relph
      Screenwriter
      James Kennaway
      Production Co
      Michael Relph Productions
      Genre
      Sci-Fi, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 39m