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Le couteau dans la plaie (1962)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 December 1962 (France)
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
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Barbara Ford (as Yolande Finch)
Tommy Norden ...
Johnny
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Mme. Duval, Concierge
Billy Kearns ...
Capt. Wade
Barbara Nicot ...
Regine
Louis Falavigna ...
Pharmacist
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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 She attempts to get advice from Stewart, but he has been replaced by David Barnes.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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The picture on the bedroom wall in Lisa and Bob's apartment is a print of a painting by Henri Rousseau, called "The Sleeping Gypsy," painted in 1897. It is a fantastical depiction of a lion musing over a sleeping woman on a moonlit night. See more »

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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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Robert Macklin: [talking to a cat] How do you do? Come on in! What's the matter? Not in the mood? Here, kitty, kitty, kitty. Time for a coffee break. Well, what's new in the outside world today? Has the price of catnip gone up again? Hey cat you sure got a pretty coat. Would my wife envy you.
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Registered Letter
Written and Performed by Mikis Theodorakis And His Orchestra
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Not a very good vehicle for anyone
27 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Certainly Anatole Litvak was no slouch as a director, but he missed the mark here in "Five Miles to Midnight," a 1962 film starring Sophia Loren, Tony Perkins and Gig Young.

Lisa Macklin (Sophia Loren) married to an American, believes that her husband (Tony Perkins) has been killed in an airplane crash. Actually, he was a survivor and wants to collect $120,000 in insurance he took out before the flight by pretending to be dead. Of course, his wife has to collect it. The two don't exactly get along, and the only way to be rid of him is for Lisa to collect the money for him. She is falling for a newspaperman (Young), who is suspicious as to what is going on. Her husband promises he will let her go once he has the money.

This is a very unsatisfactory film, in part because of the miscasting of Tony Perkins as Loren's husband. Not only that, but the acting just isn't very good even from pros like Loren, Perkins and Young. Litvak only made two more films after this - it appears he lost his touch after making some marvelous films: This Above All, All This and Heaven Too, Tovarich, City for Conquest. Either that or he had to make too many concessions. At any rate, he didn't pay too much attention to what the actors were doing. The story just meanders along. Not very good.


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