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Five (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1951 (USA)
The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

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Complete credited cast:
William Phipps ... Michael
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Roseanne (as Susan Douglas)
James Anderson ... Eric
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Charles
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Mr. Barnstaple
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Five people are miraculously spared when the fall-out from a super-atomic bomb eventually kills all of the rest of humanity on earth. They are Roseanne Rogers, a pregnant woman who was in an X-ray room; Michael, a sensitive young poet and philosopher; Charles, a black man; Mr. Barnstaple, a banker; and Eric, a cosmopolitan Alpinist who was saved from the radio-active dust because he was climbing Mt. Everest at the time of the explosion and fall-out. Eventually, they all wind up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house on a California mountaintop. There is a lot of symbolism, especially with the mountain climber, who represents decadent and alien fascism and the banker who brings greed and arrogance to this new Eden on Earth. Soon, only two are left. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ONE WOMAN... FOUR MEN... and no one else on earth! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5ive See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to TCM's Robert Osborne, this is the first feature film to depict the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. See more »

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Before they enter the Country store Eric is holding the door open for Roseanne but at the next cut Eric walks in first instead. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [as they watch Eric climbing nearby heights] That crazy idiot.
Roseanne: Why does he do it?
Michael: Some people have to climb mountains to justify their existence.
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S10 Reviews: Five (1951)
3 January 2006 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

A friend sported me a copy of 'Five'. Frankly I must admit that I'd never heard of this little gem before. 'Five' tells the tale of five survivors of a nuclear holocaust trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. The film is wonderfully acted and nicely photographed in a way that reminded me of Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead'. Strict minimalism is on display as the actors convey 99% of all story and action told mostly at a cottage. 'Five' is pretty impressive stuff for it's time. The only real downside to the script is the fact that it hasn't aged well from a 'scientific' standpoint. Other than that anyone with a knack for classic SciFi would love to check out this lost gem.

Acting: * * * * (Excellent) Writing / Direction: * * * (Very Good) Technical Design * * * (Very Good) Music: * * * (Very Good) Overall: * * * (Very Good)


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