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The Mind Benders (1963 film)

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The Mind Benders
"The Mind Benders" (1963).jpg
U.S. theatrical poster
Directed byBasil Dearden
Produced byMichael Relph
Written byJames Kennaway
Based onThe Mindbenders
1963 novel
by James Kennaway
StarringDirk Bogarde
Mary Ure
John Clements
Michael Bryant
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyDenys N. Coop
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Novus (Michael Relph Productions)
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
February 1963 (London, UK)
May 1963 (New York, USA)
Running time
109 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Mind Benders is a 1963 British thriller film produced by Michael Relph, directed by Basil Dearden and starring Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant and Wendy Craig.[1] Screenwriter James Kennaway turned his screenplay into his 1963 novel of the same name.

American International Pictures released the film in the US as a double feature with Operation Bikini.


Professor Sharpey (Harold Goldblatt), working in a university research laboratory, is suspected of passing secrets to the Soviet Union, and commits suicide. British intelligence believe that this was due to shame over his betrayal of his country. His former colleague, Doctor Longman (Dirk Bogarde), believes that the sensory deprivation experiments that Sharpey was conducting on himself may have rendered him susceptible to brainwashing. He volunteers to undergo the same tests in order to prove his theory. The British Intelligence officer and a colleague decide to test the theory by trying to brainwash him against his much loved wife.[2]



Critical reception

  • TV Guide called it "a strange movie that leaves a deeper impression than one might expect due to the originality of the plot and the tense direction. It is the direct predecessor of Altered States."[3]
  • Movie Magazine International wrote, "as directed by the great Basil Dearden, it plays in an eerily realistic way and what you see lingers in the mind long afterwards."[4]
  • Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings called it, "a compelling and memorable movie."[5]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The MIND BENDERS (1963)". 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Mind Benders (1963) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Mind Benders Review". Retrieved 12 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Movie Review: The Mind Benders | Movie Magazine International". Retrieved 12 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Fantastic Movie Musings & Ramblings - THE MIND BENDERS (1963)". Retrieved 12 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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