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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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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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Indelible Recollection!, 20 October 2007
Author: june-32

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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