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"5ive Days to Midnight" (2004) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 2004-2004

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5ive Days to Midnight -- Lots for Family Counsellor Jo Lloyd-Lewis to deal with behaviour-wise as Ella’s parents grapple with her hitting and screaming and full-on tantrums, which all began when younger brother Ben was born.
5ive Days to Midnight -- Psychologist Ruth Jillings meets Brody, whose refusal to eat vegetables for his parents Joanne and Rod is very frustrating. He is a full on, busy three year old, who asks ‘why?’ a lot.
5ive Days to Midnight -- Psychologist Ruth Jillings meets Sophie, whose parents Sally and Sam are struggling with Sophie’s whinging to get what she wants and fighting with her big brother. Plus she fusses over what she wears in the morning and is reluctant to eat at the table.
5ive Days to Midnight -- Family Counsellor Jo Lloyd-Lewis looks at starting school: the challenges this brings and the emotions it stirs up not only for our just-turned-five year-olds but for mums and dads as well.
5ive Days to Midnight -- Alex and Madeleine are babies on the move. When a baby starts to crawl life changes for everyone.  We look at older siblings and how to ensure they get on with the new addition to the family, as well as what to do about the eating and sleeping issues.


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Writers (WGA):
Robert Zappia (story) (hour 1) and
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Release Date:
7 June 2004 (USA) See more »
He has five days to solve a murder... his own. See more »
When college professor J.T. Neumeyer discovers a police file that outlines the details of his murder - which is to take place five days in the future - he wastes no time trying to save his own life. Full summary »
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Great concept, interesting performances, but blande as poundcake See more (22 total) »


 (Series Cast) (in credits order)

Timothy Hutton ... J.T. Neumeyer

Randy Quaid ... Irwin Sikorski

Kari Matchett ... Claudia Whitney

Hamish Linklater ... Carl Axelrod

Angus Macfadyen ... Roy Bremmer

Gage Golightly ... Jesse Neumeyer

Nicole de Boer ... Chantal Hume (as Nicole deBoer)
David McIlwraith ... Brad Hume

Giancarlo Esposito ... Tim Sanders
Nick Allen ... Policeman
Christine Anton ... Mrs. Silveira

Daniel Bacon ... Jesse's Teacher
Blake Banbury ... Orderly

Lisa Ann Beley ... Amy
Paul Bittante ... Policeman
Lou Bollo ... Airport Screener
Laurie Brunetti ... Rental Car Manager
Bruce Clark ... Desk Sergeant

Chilton Crane ... Jan Westville
Samantha Crew ... Katherine Neumeyer
Keith Dallas ... Bouncer

L. Harvey Gold ... Jay Simpson

Ashley Hale ... Annabel Westville

Chelah Horsdal ... Stefani the Rental Car Woman
Brock Johnson ... Bartender

Wilson Kwok ... Coughing Man

Ali Liebert ... Student in Hall

Sarah Lind ... Art Major

Gardiner Millar ... Dr. Fontaine
Darren Moore ... Pale Man

Gerald Paetz ... Policeman

John Stewart ... Rental Car Guy

Rob Stewart ... Dr. Dan Westville
Sydney Rae Sullivan ... Topanga Sanders
Warren Takeuchi ... Yoshi
Nathalie Therriault ... Airport Security (as Nathalie Therreault)

Barbara Tyson ... Mandy Murphy

Susie Wickstead ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian McCaig ... Student #1 (2004)

Juno Ruddell ... Toy store clerk
Jason Simpson ... Steel worker

April Telek ... Dottie Sikorski (scenes deleted)

Ian Thompson ... Bus driver
Sandra-Jessica Couturier ... Student (uncredited)

Ildiko Ferenczi ... Dancer #2 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael W. Watkins 
Writing credits
Robert Zappia (story) (hour 1) and
David Aaron Cohen (story) (hour 1) &
Anthony Peckham (story) (hour 1)

David Aaron Cohen (teleplay) (hour 1) &
Anthony Peckham (teleplay) (hour 1) and
Robert Zappia (teleplay) (hour 1)

Robert Zappia (story) (hour 2)

Robert Zappia (teleplay) (hour 2) and
Cindy Myers (teleplay) (hour 2)

Robert Zappia (story) (hour 3) and
David Aaron Cohen (story) (hour 3) &
Anthony Peckham (story) (hour 3)

David Aaron Cohen (teleplay) (hour 3)

Robert Zappia (story) (hour 4) and
David Aaron Cohen (story) (hour 4) &
Anthony Peckham (story) (hour 4)

Cindy Myers (teleplay) (hour 4) and
Anthony Peckham (teleplay) (hour 4)

David Aaron Cohen (story) (hour 5) &
Anthony Peckham (story) (hour 5) and
Robert Zappia (story) (hour 5)

David Aaron Cohen (teleplay) (hour 5)

Produced by
David Aaron Cohen .... executive producer
David Kirschner .... executive producer
Karen Loop .... co-executive producer
Gordon Mark .... producer
Anthony Peckham .... executive producer
Corey Sienega .... executive producer
Robert Zappia .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Tony Brock (2004)
John E. Nordstrom  (as John Nordstrom)
Cinematography by
Joel Ransom 
Film Editing by
David Crabtree 
Brad Durante 
Casting by
Donna Rosenstein 
Production Design by
Douglas Higgins 
Art Direction by
John Marcynuk 
Set Decoration by
Linda Vipond 
Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme 
Makeup Department
Andrea Manchur .... first assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Powell-Folk .... assistant makeup artist (as Jennifer Powell)
Danna Rutherford .... key hair stylist
Andrea Simpson .... assistant hair stylist
Jacky Wilkinson .... key makeup artist (as Jackie Wilkinson)
Production Management
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
S. Lily Hui .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David R. Baron .... third assistant director (as David Baron)
Brian Giddens .... first assistant director
Fiona Winning .... second assistant director
Art Department
Richard Beech .... set dresser
Bill Burd .... property master
Ingrid Burgstaller .... set decoration buyer
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (2004)
Aaron Freschi .... lead set dresser
Peter Grace .... construction coordinator
Ray Lai .... assistant art director
Jaydene Maryk .... art department coordinator
Annastacia McDonald .... set decoration buyer
Laura Morrison .... assistant set decorator
Chris Perrin .... assistant props
Dean Rossmo .... construction buyer
Kelly Santbergen .... set dresser
Richard Sari .... set dresser
Kristin Shanski .... property buyer (as Kristin Beaudin)
Mike Sorochuk .... construction foreman
Ross Wahl .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Duesterdiek .... sound mixer
Rory O'Neill .... boom operator
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Sands .... sound mixer
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham Timmer .... boom operator
Kris Casavant .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Comer .... special effects coordinator
Barry Hebein .... special effects technician
Dan Keeler .... special effects first assistant
James Kozier .... set supervisor
Harry Tomsic .... special effects technician
Attila Vaski .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Geeta Basantani .... digital compositor
Louis Bravo .... visual effects editor
Shauna Bryn .... visual effects producer (as Shauna Bryan)
Louis Cox .... visual effects
Darren Frankel .... VP, post production: Stargate Digital
Tyler Hoolaeff .... pre-visualization
Jared Jones .... digital compositor
Jason Korber .... digital compositor
Simon Lacey .... visual effects supervisor
Frank Lawas .... visual effects I/O supervisor
Sean Mattini .... visual effects editor (as Sean Afshar)
Ryan Mintenko .... digital effects artist
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects producer
Gordon Oscar .... visual effects
Earl Paraszczynec .... 3D lead
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editor
Chad Schott .... digital compositor
Doug Witsken .... digital compositor
Mike Yip .... visual effects
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brendan Taylor .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Guy Bews .... stunt double
Lou Bollo .... stunt coordinator
Gavin Buhr .... stunt double
Duane Dickinson .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts
Dave Hospes .... stunts
Andrea Kinsky .... stunt double
Gerald Paetz .... stunt double
Nick Allen .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Trevor Jones .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Beaton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Cory Budney .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Eagan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Richard Egan)
David Gray .... still photographer
Gary Hornbeck .... rigging gaffer
H. Christopher Hunter .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as Chris Hunter)
Mike Leeming .... video engineer
Ryan McMaster .... camera operator: "b" camera
Saubrie Mohamed .... best boy electric
Andrew Pedley .... digital video assist
Leon Serginson .... leadman grip
Bryce Shaw .... dolly grip: "b" camera
James Smith .... best boy grip
Owen Taylor .... gaffer
Max Torroba .... playback operator
Mark Weinhaupl .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
John Westerlaken .... key grip
Peter Wilke .... Steadicam operator
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "a" camera
Casting Department
Dylann Brander .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Corinne Clark .... casting: Canada
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting
Jennifer Page .... casting: Vancouver
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Gray .... costume supervisor: second unit
Patrick Gray .... set costumer
Lise Hache .... assistant costume designer
Steve Holloway .... set costume supervisor (as Steven Holloway)
Editorial Department
Brad Durante .... additional editor
Michael G. England .... first assistant editor
Siân McArthur .... post-production coordinator
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dominic Griffin .... music supervisor
Moira Marquis .... music editor
Transportation Department
Brad Bowe .... transportation captain
Dave Bowe .... transportation coordinator
Paul Irvine .... driver
M. Walter Moroz .... transportation captain (as Walter Moroz)
Other crew
Michael Bendner .... production assistant
Byron Drinkle .... playback coordinator
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer
Phaedra Eccleston .... first assistant production coordinator
Michael Farias .... production assistant
Rick Heal .... on-set tutor
Kirk Johns .... location manager
Jina Johnson .... trainee assistant location manager
Dean Lange .... accountant
Carol Marks-George .... unit publicist
Douglas W. McHenry .... post-production accountant
Darin Mickelson .... production assistant
Cindy Mjolsness .... assistant: Gordon Mark
Ian Moore .... assistant to executive producer
Andrew Pedley .... video coordinator
Louisa Phung .... production assistant
Ali Pounder .... second assistant production coordinator
Victor Scalise .... title designer
Carol Schafer .... production coordinator
David Tarris .... assistant location manager (as Dave Tarris)
Adam Tayler .... assistant animal trainer
Tiffani Timms .... assistant: Timothy Hutton
Kevin Tomecek .... construction maintenance
Jeff Turko .... security captain
Helga Ungurait .... script supervisor
Gordon Piper .... production assistant (uncredited)

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210 min (5 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The events in the mini-series take place Monday, 7 June 2004 through Friday, 11 June 2004. The show premiered on the SciFi Channel (USA) on Monday, 7 June 2004 and consecutive episodes were shown each night through Friday, 11 June 2004 roughly following a real-time schedule. The fourth episode (with events ending at or slightly past 3.55am according to the script) was actually first shown at 9.00pm on Thursday, 10 June 2004, so the series did get ahead a bit. Additional date-specific product placements (for instance, a poster for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), playing in theaters at the time, as seen on a slow pan at the university outside Neumeyer's office) and current popular culture references (for example, a reference to the popular show, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), airing at the time on network TV) in conversation help reinforce this setup.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In episode 1 towards the end, while T.J. is looking at the bullets you can see the unfired round has a distinct center fired dimple in the shell.See more »
Movie Connections:
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Great concept, interesting performances, but blande as poundcake, 11 June 2004
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Timothy hutton plays physics professor JT Neumeyer who while visiting his wife's grave discovers a thin silver brief case.

He opens it and discovers a group of files showing pictures of his death and newspapers clippings.

First declaring this as a practical joke, the events in the files play out slowly and now convinced that he'll die in five days, tries to find a way to prevent himself from dying and must change his destiny.

The concept is great despite being a bit derivative, and there's plenty of room for tension, suspense, and great bits on philosophy, but the screenwriters miss their chances.

The cast is comprised mostly of second rate actors with the exception of Hutton who tries his best at the lead role but ultimately fails towards the end of the film as he manages to go way over the top with his emotional scenes.

There's also Randy quaid who is quite bland and one-dimensional, and Angus McFayden who is the worst of the characters as the over the top mob boss Roy Bremmer. Watch for his really bad scenes as he attempts to inflict depth into his character but comes off as laughable.

Meanwhile the story has the ability to inject tension and sense of immediacy but all of it is loss in the bogged down story. Rambling and droning at some points it's difficult to understand why this couldn't have been a two hour film instead of a four parter.

There's also plenty of room for philosophy and the concept of destiny and fate towards death, but there's nothing here as the story is mostly comprised of uneventful occurances, slim character development, and so much dialogue.

While the film is engrossing at the beginning, it's ultimately lost halfway through as the plot is segued into the benign plot featuring McFayden which takes away from the actual reason why we're watching.

"Stay tuned for the shocking last minutes to 5 Days to Midnight" the Sci-Fi channel boasts which never usually works on me but I was rather interested to see where this was developing. But, unfortunately it was all just hype. I was expecting that Neumeyer's daughter would accidentally shoot him causing his death, and that we never got to see who sent the briefcase, but it's all pretty much explained in the end and nothing of the sort happens.

I wanted an ironic, witty, and shocking ending beneath the muddled plot and droning dialogue, but alas we're not given anything but an obligatory and rather disappointing happy ending.

Decent performances, a great concept but falls apart halfway through becoming routine and cliche. The writers never give this story and concept a chance to spread its wings and just keep it down to mediocre level.

** out of **** stars.

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