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Five Miles to Midnight (1962)
"Le couteau dans la plaie" (original title)

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Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »

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Robert Macklin
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David Barnes
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Alan Stewart
Yolande Turner ...
Barbara Ford (as Yolande Finch)
Tommy Norden ...
Johnny
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Mme. Duval, Concierge
Billy Kearns ...
Capt. Wade
Barbara Nicot ...
Regine
Louis Falavigna ...
Pharmacist
Elina Labourdette ...
Mme. Lafont
Régine ...
Mrs. Wade
Pascale Roberts ...
Streetwalker
Sophie Réal ...
Housemaid
Jean Ozenne ...
Monsieur Babasse
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Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him again. She is with newspaperman Alan Stewart that evening when she learns Robert's plane has crashed with no survivors. Waking from sedation after the funeral, Lisa finds Robert in their flat, injured but alive. He was thrown clear of the crash by a lucky twist of fate. He now plans to collect the $120,000 insurance he took out at the airport. Once Lisa collects the money and turns it over to him, she will finally be rid of him. She attempts to get advice from Stewart, but he has been replaced by David Barnes. Lisa's life becomes a tortuous ordeal, at work, at home, faced with a fugitive husband and a growing love for David, who suspects everything. Finally her nightmare concludes when she finally gets the check and meets Robert. As they drive to the Belgian border, he reveals he never intended giving ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Crime | Drama

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12 December 1962 (France)  »

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Le couteau dans la plaie  »

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(Westrex System)

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1.66 : 1
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After Johnny (the little boy) enters Robert Macklin's house through a front window, Macklin asks him where Johnny's dad is. Johnny answers "At the office. He came home early yesterday, but mostly I'm alone." The camera angle changes at "but mostly I'm alone" from front to left side. You can see that Johnny's mouth is not moving when he says "but mostly I'm alone." See more »

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Barbara Ford: I've given up eating. It's soooo old fashioned.
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Doesn't work as a feature film
23 April 2009 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The first thing that will strike viewers as strange is the title. Is "Five Miles To Midnight" a common expression? If so, I've never heard of it before. Anyway, placed next to the movie, it doesn't make that much sense, even though a character in the movie does say the title out loud at one point. If they had used the Charles Bronson title "10 To Midnight", it would have made a bit more sense.

The second thing that will be strange to viewers is the pairing of Anthony Perkins and Sophia Loren. True, they were paired together as a romantic couple a few years earlier in "Desire Under The Elms", but reportedly that worked as well as it does here. How a beauty in the form of Loren could be attracted to the nervous, boyish Perkins is hard to swallow, to say the least.

But even if the title was fixed AND they got two lead actors with better (and believable) chemistry together, I think the movie still wouldn't have worked. I could see this story being told as a short graphic story in the comic "Tales From The Crypt". I could see this story working as a half-hour episode (with commercials) of a show like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Or even as a full hour. But this telling of the story lasts about 110 minutes. It's VERY slow-moving, full of padding like the stuff with the little nosy boy. Plus, the ending of the movie is very predictable - I guessed what would happen after reading the plot synopsis before actually starting the movie.

Far from the worst movie I've seen, but still not worth seeing. Trust me, you've seen this story before one way or another.


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