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Five Minutes to Live (1961)

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A gang of bank robbers terrorize a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Cabot
Donald Woods ...
Ken Wilson
Cay Forester ...
Nancy Wilson
Pamela Mason ...
Ellen Harcourt
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Fred Dorella
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Bobby Wilson (as Ronnie Howard)
Merle Travis ...
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 Landy ...
Carol
Cynthia Flower ...
Girl Bowling
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Storyline

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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Crime | Music | Drama | Thriller

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

February 1964 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Door-to-Door Maniac  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)
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Quotes

Johnny Cabot: I like a messy bed.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Five Minutes To Live
Written by Johnny Cash
Solo Guitar by Merle Travis (as Merl Travis)
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I really dug this film
11 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this flick before I discovered it at the dollar store. It was only a buck so i had to get it and I can definitely say it was worth the money. I almost feel as if i should go back to the store and insist they let me pay them so more(it was that worth it to me) Johnny Cash's hair is perfect it's almost another character altogether. When he gets mad it gets mad and when he's cool it stays cool. And it stays cool most of the films as Johnny Cash does a good job playing the well dressed bad guy. The guitar playing is really interesting and kind of creepy. Creepy because who wouldn't be a little freaked out by a guy whose been sent to kill you; singing and playing the guitar? I liked the story line, of course it's very dated being as it was a low budget film made in 1961; but it was still enjoyable. I also really liked Vic Tayback's performance. I know he's been in a lot of things but I only really remember him when he was fat and balding Mel Sharples on ALICE. Seeing him in this movie made me want to look for some other stuff he's in. Also, little Ronnie Howard is adorable!


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