|The Mind Benders|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Written by||James Kennaway|
|Based on||The Mindbenders|
by James Kennaway
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Cinematography||Denys N. Coop|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
|Music by||Georges Auric|
Novus (Michael Relph Productions)
|Distributed by||Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)|
|21 February 1963 (London)|
1 May 1963 (United States)
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. 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.