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Five Minutes to Live (1961)

TV-PG | | Crime, Music, Drama | February 1964 (Austria)
Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank... See full summary »

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Johnny Cabot
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Ken Wilson
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Nancy Wilson
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Ellen Harcourt
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Fred Dorella
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Bobby Wilson (as Ronnie Howard)
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Max
Midge Ware ...
Doris Johnson
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Priscilla Auerbach
Leslie Kimmell ...
Mr. Johnson (as Leslie Kimmel)
Marge Waller ...
Secretary
Patricia Lynn ...
Gert
Frances Flower ...
Irma
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Carol (as Hanna Landy)
Cynthia Flower ...
Girl Bowling
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Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. In his simple plan, he hires a hard-up hood, Johnny Cabot to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage. Cabot will hold her until he gets a call alerting him that Fred has been successful in getting ransom money. Cabot waits, and watches the Wilson house as the husband leaves for the bank and their young son heads off to school. Posing as a door-to-door guitar instructor, he forces his way into the house and takes Nancy Wilson hostage. At the bank, Fred talks his way into Ken Wilson's office, and presents his personal check for $70,000, intending that Wilson will withdraw the funds to cover the check as a ransom for his wife. He has Wilson call home to prove that Nancy is being held by the unstable Cabot, and gives Wilson 5 minutes to make his decision. If Fred ... Written by msb/lll

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A woman's price drops fast as the time limit ticks away! See more »

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Crime | Music | Drama | Thriller

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February 1964 (Austria)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Also known as Door To Door Killer. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Cabot: I like a messy bed.
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Connections

Referenced in When a Stranger Calls (1979) See more »

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Five Minutes To Live
Written by Johnny Cash
Sung by Johnny Cash (uncredited)
Solo Guitar by Merle Travis (as Merl Travis)
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"What all can you get with five minutes to live?"
26 June 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Imagine that! A low budget film that feature Johnny Cash as a killer who serenades his victims! DOOR TO DOOR MANIAC (aka FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE) features then up and coming Johnny Cash as cold blooded killer Johnny Cabot. Johnny is talked into an unusual bank hiest, where Johnny has to hold a bank executive's wife hostage. Complications arise with the executive's mistress, son (Played by Ron "Grinch" Howard) and a couple of bank employees who think they can become heroes! The acting in this film borders community theatre, except for Cash, who is wonderfully cold-blooded as the villian. He has these wild, wild spurts, where he prances around his prey, spouts Tarantino-like tough talk with ease, and gives out with these wonderful eye gestures. Some of the more experienced supporting cast have their moments, such as Vic Tayback, as the accomplice. One of the true joys of my crazy video collection.


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