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Director:
Writers:
Arch Oboler (story)
James Weldon Johnson (dialogue) (poem)
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Release Date:
25 April 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Four men and one woman are the last five people on Earth...This is their story!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
DVD Playhouse--August 2011
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On DVD: "Our Man in Havana," "The Singing Revolution"
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Cast

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William Phipps ... Michael
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Roseanne Rogers (as Susan Douglas)
James Anderson ... Eric
Charles Lampkin ... Charles
Earl Lee ... Mr. Barnstaple

Directed by
Arch Oboler 
 
Writing credits
Arch Oboler (story, screenplay and dialogue)

James Weldon Johnson (dialogue) (poem "Creation")

Produced by
Arch Oboler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Russell 
William Lava (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sid Lubow 
Louis Clyde Stoumen 
 
Film Editing by
John Hoffman 
Ed Spiegel 
Arthur Swerdloff 
 
Art Direction by
Arch Oboler 
 
Sound Department
Gus Bayz .... special sound effects
William Jenkins Locy .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Clyde Stoumen .... cinematographic consultant
 
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator
Henry Russell .... musical director
Betty Steinberg .... music editor
 
Other crew
Frank Lloyd Wright .... cliffhouse designer
Geraldine Klancke .... executive secretary (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"5ive" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #15197)

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Trivia:
The character of Eric, the bigoted quasi-Nazi, was a good warm-up for actor James Anderson, who would take on his most famous movie role, the monstrous Robert E. Lee Ewell, so memorably in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) more than a decade later.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When looking at the soap box powder in the store, the name of the soap is "Atomic Suds" but when the box is tilted by the actor you can clearly see the box top reads "Tide".See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Roseanne Rogers:I want to help you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)See more »

FAQ

What is in the letter left behind for Michael?
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
S10 Reviews: Five (1951), 3 January 2006
Author: suspiria10 from The Void

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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