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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):
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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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A terrible climax places this miniseries squarely into mediocrity. See more (23 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 45)

Timothy Hutton ... J.T. Neumeyer (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Michael W. Watkins (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Writing credits
David Aaron Cohen (unknown episodes)
Cindy Myers (unknown episodes)
Anthony Peckham (unknown episodes)
Robert Zappia (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David Aaron Cohen .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
David Kirschner .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Karen Loop .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Gordon Mark .... producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Anthony Peckham .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Corey Sienega .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Robert Zappia .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Original Music by
John Nordstrom (5 episodes, 2004)

Tony Brock (unknown episodes, 2004)
Series Cinematography by
Joel Ransom (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Film Editing by
David Crabtree (5 episodes, 2004)

Brad Durante (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Donna Rosenstein (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Production Design by
Douglas Higgins (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Art Direction by
John Marcynuk (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Linda Vipond (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme (5 episodes, 2004)
Series Makeup Department
Andrea Manchur .... first assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Powell-Folk .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Danna Rutherford .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Andrea Simpson .... assistant hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Jacky Wilkinson .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
S. Lily Hui .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David R. Baron .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Brian Giddens .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Fiona Winning .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (unknown episodes, 2004)
Richard Beech .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Bill Burd .... property master (unknown episodes)
Ingrid Burgstaller .... set decoration buyer (unknown episodes)
Aaron Freschi .... lead set dresser (unknown episodes)
Peter Grace .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Ray Lai .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Jaydene Maryk .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Annastacia McDonald .... set decoration buyer (unknown episodes)
Laura Morrison .... assistant set decorator (unknown episodes)
Chris Perrin .... assistant props (unknown episodes)
Dean Rossmo .... construction buyer (unknown episodes)
Kelly Santbergen .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Richard Sari .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Kristin Shanski .... property buyer (unknown episodes)
Mike Sorochuk .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
Ross Wahl .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Kris Casavant .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Chris Duesterdiek .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (unknown episodes)
Rory O'Neill .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Kevin Sands .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Graham Timmer .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bob Comer .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Barry Hebein .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Dan Keeler .... special effects first assistant (unknown episodes)
James Kozier .... set supervisor (unknown episodes)
Harry Tomsic .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Attila Vaski .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Geeta Basantani .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Louis Bravo .... visual effects editor (unknown episodes)
Shauna Bryn .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Louis Cox .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Darren Frankel .... VP, post production: Stargate Digital (unknown episodes)
Tyler Hoolaeff .... pre-visualization (unknown episodes)
Jared Jones .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Jason Korber .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Simon Lacey .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Frank Lawas .... visual effects I/O supervisor (unknown episodes)
Sean Mattini .... visual effects editor (unknown episodes)
Ryan Mintenko .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Gordon Oscar .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Earl Paraszczynec .... 3D lead (unknown episodes)
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editor (unknown episodes)
Chad Schott .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Brendan Taylor .... visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Doug Witsken .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Mike Yip .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Nick Allen .... stunt actor (unknown episodes)
Guy Bews .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Lou Bollo .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gavin Buhr .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Duane Dickinson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jim Dunn .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Corry Glass .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dave Hospes .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Trevor Jones .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Andrea Kinsky .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Gerald Paetz .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Beaton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Cory Budney .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Richard Eagan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
David Gray .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Gary Hornbeck .... rigging gaffer (unknown episodes)
H. Christopher Hunter .... dolly grip: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Mike Leeming .... video engineer (unknown episodes)
Ryan McMaster .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Saubrie Mohamed .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Andrew Pedley .... digital video assist (unknown episodes)
Leon Serginson .... leadman grip (unknown episodes)
Bryce Shaw .... dolly grip: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
James Smith .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
Owen Taylor .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Max Torroba .... playback operator (unknown episodes)
Mark Weinhaupl .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
John Westerlaken .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Peter Wilke .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Corinne Clark .... casting: Canada (5 episodes, 2004)

Dylann Brander .... casting associate: Los Angeles (unknown episodes)
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Page .... casting: Vancouver (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Gray .... costume supervisor: second unit / set costumer (unknown episodes)
Lise Hache .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
Steve Holloway .... set costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Brad Durante .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Michael G. England .... first assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Sian McArthur .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Dominic Griffin .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Moira Marquis .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Brad Bowe .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Dave Bowe .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Paul Irvine .... driver (unknown episodes)
M. Walter Moroz .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Mike Doiron .... production assistant (1 episode, 2004)

Michael Bendner .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Byron Drinkle .... playback coordinator (unknown episodes)
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)
Phaedra Eccleston .... first assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Michael Farias .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Rick Heal .... on-set tutor (unknown episodes)
Kirk Johns .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Jina Johnson .... trainee assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Dean Lange .... accountant (unknown episodes)
Carol Marks-George .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)
Douglas W. McHenry .... post-production accountant (unknown episodes)
Darin Mickelson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Cindy Mjolsness .... assistant: Gordon Mark (unknown episodes)
Ian Moore .... assistant to executive producer (unknown episodes)
Andrew Pedley .... video coordinator (unknown episodes)
Louisa Phung .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Gordon Piper .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Ali Pounder .... second assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Victor Scalise .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Carol Schafer .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
David Tarris .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Adam Tayler .... assistant animal trainer (unknown episodes)
Tiffani Timms .... assistant: Timothy Hutton (unknown episodes)
Kevin Tomecek .... construction maintenance (unknown episodes)
Jeff Turko .... security captain (unknown episodes)
Helga Ungurait .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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210 min (5 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Factual errors: During the first hour, J.T. is shown in a flashback when his wife dies on 7 June 1994. The newscast in the background is reporting O.J. Simpson's family is begging him to turn himself in. The murders did not happen until 12 June 1994.See more »
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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A terrible climax places this miniseries squarely into mediocrity., 9 October 2004
Author: Li-1

Rating: ** out of ****

The two-hour Sci-Fi Channel made-for-TV movies may almost always suck, but you can usually rely on their miniseries for quality acting, writing, and special effects (I loved Taken and Children of Dune, really liked Dune, and there is nothing currently on TV that can compete with the new Battlestar Galactica). Five Days to Midnight breaks the channel's success streak, proving to be easily its worst miniseries to date.

5DTM stars Timothy Hutton as J.T. Neumeyer, a physics professor with a young daughter (I forget the actress's name, but she looks a lot like a young Drew Barrymore) and a life insurance agent named Claudia for a girlfriend (Kari Matchett). While visiting his late wife's grave on a Monday morning, his daughter discovers a briefcase nearby. Upon opening the case, J.T. is a little shocked to discover that the contents are files pertaining to his own murder, which will occur in five days, at 3:55 A.M. on Friday.

He initially laughs it off as a hoax, but when a few of the little "prophecies" come true, he becomes a fast believer and sets out to find out who would murder him and why. He has only a few clues, but there is a list of suspects: Carl Axelrod, an eccentric student of his; Brad, his financially desperate brother-in-law; Roy Bremmer, a man he's never even heard of; and even his own girlfriend Claudia, who is not all that she appears to be. With the clock ticking down and only the help of a homicide investigator (Randy Quaid), J.T.'s obsession with saving his own life may come at the cost of many others.

Undeniably, 5DTM boasts one of the niftier premises in recent memory. Playing like a mix of Minority Report meets 24, the combination of sci-fi and mystery has always appealed to me, so there's no question that a good portion of the miniseries is genuinely engaging and entertaining (mostly in the beginning and middle segments).

A lot of the series is intentionally predictable, and in a fun way, like you just know that gift from his girlfriend will be the same parka he wears in that photo from the briefcase where he's lying dead, or the car his girlfriend rented will be that green Cherokee in that other photo, and so on and so forth. 5DTM also has fun with the implications of possible time travel and the changes one could set forth in the fabric of time. I was also thankful for the fact that a lot of the characters actually caught on to the possibility of time travel quickly and even accepted it without much question.

There are a lot of decent to good performances, especially Timothy Hutton, who capably handles the functions of a likable everyman. The girl who plays his daughter is terrific as well, and Kari Matchett would be a dead-on match for Naomi Watts if she had a smaller nose and slightly larger cheeks. Angus Macfadyen makes for a menacing villain as Bremmer, who's so evil he clearly can't be Neumeyer's killer.

Unfortunately, the miniseries begins to stumble by the second half of 'Day 4,' and is just a complete and utter mess by 'Day 5.' The writers can't seem to be able to keep much consistency in the film's concept of time travel. Without giving much away, when certain changes are made to the timeline in the film's climax, newspaper articles and photos from the future are also altered to fit the new timeline (kind of like in Back to the Future), and the changes occur immediately. However, in 'Day 2,' Neumeyer changes a woman's fate, preventing her from getting killed by a collapsing tree. After this change in time, his daughter then reads all the newspaper articles from the file the next day, which still state that the woman died because of the tree. Wouldn't that portion of the article have been altered?

The climax is just terrible (moderate spoilers in this paragraph), with every major suspect conveniently converging in the same location with murder on their minds. Just as bad, at least three of the potential killers wouldn't have even targeted Neumeyer if not for the intervention of the briefcase itself, and the one suspect that continuously threatens his life also seems most likely to the deed, but a tacked-on, idiotic surprise revelation completely disregards that possibility, placing the blame firmly on one of the characters that wouldn't have killed him if not for the briefcase's intervention. I can't think of any plausible reason this person would have killed Neumeyer prior to the appearance of the briefcase, but a bullet that conveniently fits into a gun is supposed to lead us to believe it was this one character all along.

The identity of the killer is perfectly predictable, since it's always the person we're least likely meant to suspect. Even though I came to the realization very early, I still doubted myself because, as stated earlier, there's just no reason this person would have any true motivation to kill Neumeyer without the briefcase.

It's unfortunate, but with such an awful ending, I just can't go out of my way to recommend 5DTM. It's not the movie's only major flaw, the miniseries is constantly padded to fill its allotted running time, and the director goes insanely overboard on the choppy slow motion, often ruining any developing suspense or momentum. Had the miniseries been about forty-five minutes to an hour shorter, I might have said yes as a video rental, but unless if you've got lots of time to kill, this isn't rewarding enough to spend the time and money.

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