Five Finger Exercise (1962)

 |  Drama  |  8 October 1962 (Sweden)
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A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions which arise as the secret emotions of members of the family are shockingly revealed. Written by alfiehitchie

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8 October 1962 (Sweden)  »

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Cinco Amores  »

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Alec Guinness and Trevor Howard variously named for role that went to Jack Hawkins; Laurence Harvey originally announced for Maximilian Schell role. See more »


The hair and clothes of both Walter and Mary are only partially wet when they get back to the house even though they have both been completely immersed in the sea for an extended period. See more »


Version of BBC Play of the Month: Five Finger Exercise (1970) See more »

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Misguided film of a wonderful play.
10 April 2001 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

What a terrible shame that this film of Peter Shaffer's amazing play was turned into an uneventful melodrama. The amazing dynamics of the five character's interaction on-stage, has been reduced in the film to a domestic, "kitchen sink" drama. Perhaps the close of the Second World War was too close at hand for the film maker and the studio to really trust the power of the play and the horrors of the Nazi Germany. The English family is American in the film, which takes most of the punch from the drama, and the erotic undercurrents of the mother /son relationship pitched against the German tutor, Walter have been set aside. With the raw emotional core of the drama removed, what sadly remains is a stereotypical, Hollywood drama with little true emotion and a film that sadly serves the startling brilliance of the play.

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