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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:
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NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
DVD Playhouse--August 2011
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On DVD: "Our Man in Havana," "The Singing Revolution"
 (From IFC. 3 February 2009, 6:55 AM, PST)

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Little seen, little remembered, but still a landmark See more (40 total) »

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
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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" 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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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Little seen, little remembered, but still a landmark, 21 January 2003
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

Post-nuclear-war dramas centering on a small group of survivors now constitute an entire genre in science-fiction films. All of them, in some way or another, can be traced back to this seminal film from 1951 in which five people deal with the possibility they are the only human beings left alive on the planet.

While most of the later movies exploited this possibility for B-movie thrills, "Five" adopts a quiet, contemplative tone which some may find dull but which thoughtful viewers are more likely to find, for want of a better word, haunting. There is something about this movie which gets under the skin and which lurks in the corners of the mind long after it's over.

Especially memorable is the trip to the city made by two of the survivors. The images of skeletons sitting in cars and buses still have an impact with their silent, disturbing, even horrifying beauty.

Some of the musical score now seems obtrusive and the dialog tends, at times, toward the pretentious -- perhaps a lingering effect from Arch Oboler's radio background -- but this low-budget, no-name, black-and-white production remains a landmark film which richly deserves to be rediscovered and honored.

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