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The Fifth Floor (1978)

College disco dancer is wrongly committed to an insane asylum.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly McIntyre
Nurse Hannelord
Dr. Sidney Coleman
Ronnie Denton
Betty Kean ...
Cathey Paine ...
Nurse Whelan
Maggie Appel ...
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A young woman collapses on the disco dance floor of what's revealed to be strychnine poisoning. Assuming that this is an attempt at suicide, her boyfriend and doctor have her committed to the Fifth Floor, an asylum with obviously crazy inmates and a predatory orderly. The problem is, she's still sane! Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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15 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Το πέμπτο πάτωμα  »

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"Spread your beautiful wings and fly away!"
14 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Fifth Floor is a fun little horror/women-behind-bars hybrid with a great cast. The story, about a go-go dancer railroaded into an asylum, is based on a truly horrifying premise: Under certain circumstances, everything you say or do can be interpreted as a sign of madness. This could've been a very dark, lurid nuthouse shocker, but, perhaps in a bid for respectability, the sleaze factor is considerably played down. The result is a lightweight cult creation that, although lacking in ferocity, still comes across thanks to good acting and a real sense of helpless fear in key scenes. Pattie Brooks sings a very catchy number called "Fly Away" in the opening disco scene. Not bad at all.

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