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In 1966 Warner Bros.-Seven Arts purchased the rights to Frederick Knott's play and in 1967 made the famous film adaptation. The script was written by Robert Howard-Carrington and directed by Terence Young. It starred Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Jack Weston.
In an effort to duplicate the suspense on screen, movie theaters dimmed their lights to their legal limits, then turned off one by one until each light on-screen was shattered, resulting in the theater being plunged into complete darkness.
The film ranked tenth on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments for its riveting climax. In 2001 the film was also ranked #55 on AFI's 100 Years 100 Thrills.