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Five (1951)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  25 April 1951 (USA)
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The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

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Five people are miraculously spared when the fall-out from a super-atomic bomb eventually kills all of the rest of humanity on earth. They are Roseanne Rogers, a pregnant woman who was in an ex-ray room; Michael, a sensitive young poet and philosopher; Charles, a black man; Mr. Barnstaple, a banker; and Eric, a cosmopolitan Alpinist who was saved from the radio-active dust because he was climbing Mt. Everest at the time of the explosion and fall-out. Eventually, they all wind up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house on a California mountaintop. There is a lot of symbolism, especially with the mountain climber, who represents decadent and alien fascism and the banker who brings greed and arrogance to this new Eden on Earth. Soon, only two are left. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Four men and one woman are the last five people on Earth...This is their story!

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Filmed in a house designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, owned by the film's director, Arch Oboler. See more »

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Indelible Recollection!
20 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw the film "Five" in 1951 when I was 10 . Being born in London during WW2, sirens and doodlebugs were everyday routine . Although only a baby then ,the sounds of the sirens have never left my memory. After the war ended my father returned from the Royal Navy and my mother wanted to get out of bomb- ridden London . We moved to a remote peaceful Thames Estuary location which was very rural with unmade roads and still with gas lighting. There was sea, fields, bungalows a few schools, shops and one cinema which changed programme once a week and was always a treat. This film had a traumatic effect on my ten years of age. Maybe because of the still close aftermath of memories of war. I cried and sobbed uncontrollably with such desperation that my mother had to take me out before it ended. It has stuck in my mind ever since, even though 56 years have passed. My impression is still very vivid of the loneliness and isolation of the five survivors and I identified myself as being part of the frightening predicament. I remember the scene of the greed of one character grabbing priceless jewels, but which had no longer any value and at only 10 years old I thought how worthless was he, as a human being. I have never see the movie since.

I wonder if Arch Oboler ever suspected that "Five" would make such an imprinting on so many people like us who have written about it after half a century. I wish I could find a DVD region 2 of it for curiosity, to see if I would relive the vision in the same way again. It was interesting to read the comments on this. Thanks. J.


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