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Five (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1951 (USA)
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 X-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! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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$75,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There is no "The End" title card. The following paraphrased Bible verse from Revelation 21 appears onscreen just before the end credits: "And I saw a new heaven / And a new earth... / And there shall be no more death / No more sorrow... No more tears... / Behold! I make all things new!" See more »

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When Michael and Eric are arguing about what to do next after Michael suggests looking for more people and uniting them Eric puts his own name in a statement that was clearly about a feat the Michael had performed. See more »

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[last lines]
Roseanne: I want to help you.
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S10 Reviews: Five (1951)
3 January 2006 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

A friend sported me a copy of 'Five'. Frankly I must admit that I'd never heard of this little gem before. 'Five' tells the tale of five survivors of a nuclear holocaust trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. The film is wonderfully acted and nicely photographed in a way that reminded me of Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead'. Strict minimalism is on display as the actors convey 99% of all story and action told mostly at a cottage. 'Five' is pretty impressive stuff for it's time. The only real downside to the script is the fact that it hasn't aged well from a 'scientific' standpoint. Other than that anyone with a knack for classic SciFi would love to check out this lost gem.

Acting: * * * * (Excellent) Writing / Direction: * * * (Very Good) Technical Design * * * (Very Good) Music: * * * (Very Good) Overall: * * * (Very Good)


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