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  • blanche-26 March 2005
    This was a great script from the prolific Larry Cohen, who wrote episodes for "Columbo," "Arrest and Trial" (a forerunner of "Law and Order") and episodes for Kraft Suspense Theater and "The Defenders." He has also written feature films.

    I'd love to see this film again - I wish it would come out on video. It stars Richard Boone as a newly-blinded actor and Suzanne Pleshette as his teacher. Though the Boone character puts on a big show for Pleshette of refusing to accept his blindness, he coldly and calculatedly trains himself to act as a seeing man so that, in disguise, he can get rid of his wife and her lover.

    It's a suspenseful story, a fascinating character-study and all around great entertainment. For some reason, this kind of TV movie fare has gone out of style and been replaced by women at risk films, rather slow-moving versions of Robin Cook and Mary Higgins Clark novels and the like. But we mystery buffs old enough to remember the '70s remember - with nostalgia - this kind of film.
  • 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
  • I saw this in the 1970's and recently viewed it is still enjoyable. Richard Boone is great as a blind actor who plots revenge on his unfaithful wife played by Stella Stevens. Suzanne Pleshette and John Marley also play key roles. There is lots of suspense and LA scenes.
  • "In Broad Daylight" is an enjoyable made for TV movie, but in order to get the most of it you really need to suspend that nagging voice within you telling you how ludicrous the story really is. This is not a huge problem...but the story is very difficult to believe.

    Tony (Richard Boone) is a famous actor who recently lost his sight. As a result, he's working with a therapist (Susanne Pleshette) to learn to adapt to everyday life. However, during this time Tony learns that his wife is cheating on him and so he concocts a complicated plan. First, he starts pretending to do poorly with his rehab--pretending to get lost and having great difficulties finding his way outside his apartment. In reality, he's VERY adept at such things. Second, he works out an intricate plan to go to his lawyer's apartment and kill his wife since that's her lover. But to do this, he dons makeup and pretends to be a nice Greek man who can see just fine. While it seems to work very well, a cop investigating the case (John Marley) is determined to find out who killed Tony's wife.

    There are 1001 different problems which could have arisen during the complicated drip to and from the lawyer's home. Yet, inexplicably, Tony does a near perfect job...something a blind person MIGHT be able to pull off but unlikely....and even more unlikely since he only recently lost his sight. Additionally, the umbrella angle came off as a bit silly--particularly when Tony goes to retrieve it. Still, despite all this, it's an interesting little made for TV film and never bores.
  • I saw this movie back in the 70's and never forgot it. It was just so good. I only seen it once. I look in tv guide all the time to see if it would come on again or may on TNT or AMC on cable . please find it and show it again
  • Delrvich20 April 2020
    Got a bit tense towards the end. Felt as good as a Columbo episode. Bravo!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    A middle-aged actor of some fame goes blind. By coincidence, he discovers that his beautiful wife is cheating on him with a mutual friend. Determined to kill her, he coolly and patiently plans the perfect crime...

    "In Broad Daylight" is an enjoyable thriller built on a clever, though not entirely plausible plot. It looks and feels very much like one of the more ambitious episodes of "Columbo". It even partakes in one of the main characteristics of the "Columbo" series : it's got an experienced, intelligent police inspector who -bingo ! - immediately hones in on the right man, although there might be five or six equally promising suspects walking around.

    It's a good thriller but it might have been wise to add some additional twist or complication. Or why not give the guide dog something to do ? As it now stands, this faithful canine has little else to do than look nice. (Am I right in supposing that this is a white Canadian sheepdog ? Delightful animals !)

    People with a great fear of heights may want to skip the scene where our blind anti-hero descends the fire escape...
  • Blinded actor in Hollywood overhears his lusty, lying wife cheating on him with his lawyer; he concocts an elaborate plot to do her in. Aaron Spelling-produced TV-movie of infidelity and revenge was written by Larry Cohen, who had previously scripted "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting" in 1969 (another settle-the-score drama). Cohen's idea of a clever twist--utilizing the blind man's former profession to play up the theatricality of his murder plot--allows star Richard Boone a few colorful moments, but otherwise it feels like cheap gimmickry. Technical aspects and photography are about on-par for a low-budget movie of the week, though "guest star" Stella Stevens plays a shrew like nobody's business, and Suzanne Pleshette does well with the thankless role of Boone's therapist.
  • simonhecubus11 August 2020
    Enjoyably Far-Fetched. As someone pointed out, this was written by Larry Cohen, which explains the Columbo-esque feel to the movie. Whereas, Columbo is 25% planning and murder and 75% Columbo harrassment, this one is visa.

    Despite the well-to-do characters and sunny scenery, this film is quite noir, especially the frenetic last 1/3 or so. And the ending is Noir As F___!!

    I really love these old Movies of the Week!!
  • Recently blinded actor Boone (we are never told why he is blinded except that it was a 'accident') finds out that his wife is being unfaithful. Comes up with a elaborate plan to kill her by posing as a 'sighted' man. Not really as imaginative as you'd might expect from a Larry Cohen script. Has what some might consider a 'surprise' ending, but it's really on a very minor level. Stevens (who else?) makes a great sleazy wife.
  • kidboots28 October 2018
    Warning: Spoilers
    Also found this a fabulous movie. I've seen a few of these tele-movies, most seem to have a twist but then twist again!! This has an almost post card colour (were early 1970s movies always as garish as this)?? Richard Boone plays a once great actor who is already blind by the movie's start but that doesn't stop him carefully plotting the murder of his delectable wife (played by the delectable Stella Stevens, who else??). The beginning has almost nail biting suspense as he finds his way to his best friend's flat - only to realise his wife is already there!! The rest of the movie involves his elaborate murder scheme. Unbeknownst to his therapist (lovely Susanne Pleshette in a thankless role), she also becomes involved as he gets her to take him all over the city mainly by public transport and taxi's, ostensibly because he wants to be able to relearn ordinary every day life but in reality he is meticulously plotting to be able to get to his friend's flat unaided. I didn't think he was deliberately posing as a sighted man, it just seemed people (taxi drivers, young lad and doorman) took it for granted.

    Richard Boone (looking very Walter Matthauish) is good as the over the hill actor although it's hard to imagine what bright, vibrant Stella Stevens once saw in him. For once Pleshette has the pedestrian role as the therapist, it would have been nice to see her in a role more worthy of her.