The Mind Benders
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U.S. theatrical poster
Directed byBasil Dearden
Written byJames Kennaway
Based onThe Mindbenders
1963 novel
by James Kennaway
Produced byMichael Relph
StarringDirk Bogarde
Mary Ure
John Clements
Michael Bryant
CinematographyDenys N. Coop
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Music byGeorges Auric
Novus (Michael Relph Productions)
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release dates
21 February 1963 (London)
1 May 1963 (United States)
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


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