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Five Minutes to Live (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Music | February 1964 (Austria)
CONTAINS SPOILERS Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Karn

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Cay Forester (screenplay), Palmer Thompson (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Cash ... Johnny Cabot
Donald Woods ... Ken Wilson
Cay Forester ... Nancy Wilson
Pamela Mason ... Ellen Harcourt
Midge Ware ... Doris Johnson
Vic Tayback ... Fred Dorella
Ron Howard ... Bobby Wilson (as Ronnie Howard)
Merle Travis ... Max
Norma Varden ... Priscilla Auerbach
Leslie Kimmell Leslie Kimmell ... Mr. Johnson (as Leslie Kimmel)
Marge Waller Marge Waller ... Secretary
Patricia Lynn Patricia Lynn ... Gert
Frances Flower Frances Flower ... Irma
Hanna Landy ... Carol
Cynthia Flower Cynthia Flower ... Girl Bowling
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Storyline

CONTAINS SPOILERS Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. In his simple plan, he hires a hard-up hood, Johnny Cabot to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage. Cabot will hold her until he gets a call alerting him that Fred has been successful in getting ransom money. Cabot waits, and watches the Wilson house as the husband leaves for the bank and their young son heads off to school. Posing as a door-to-door guitar instructor, he forces his way into the house and takes Nancy Wilson hostage. At the bank, Fred talks his way into Ken Wilson's office, and presents his personal check for $70,000, intending that Wilson will withdraw the funds to cover the check as a ransom for his wife. He has Wilson call home to prove that Nancy is being held by the unstable Cabot, and gives Wilson 5 minutes to make his ... Written by msb/lll

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Introducing JOHNNY CASH,America's top-recording star, as a lusty, romantic, guitar singing powerhouse (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1964 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Door-to-Door Maniac See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Also known as Door To Door Killer. See more »

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Quotes

Johnny Cabot: I like a messy bed.
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Connections

Featured in Yankoheit 27 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Five Minutes To Live
Written by Johnny Cash
Sung by Johnny Cash (uncredited)
Solo Guitar by Merle Travis (as Merl Travis)
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What all can you give with 5 minutes to live?
3 December 2006 | by reverendtomSee all my reviews

This movie is worth seeing for Johnny Cash's performance as a sadistic hit-man, but beyond that its pretty enjoyable. It loses steam a little bit here and there because they attempt to insert some "Leave it To Beaver" style family comedy, but overall its a sharp little suspense film. Cash is really the highlight, and you get the feeling that he really enjoyed and relished his role as the sleazy hit-man Johnny Cabot. The scenes where he runs amock and harasses the housewife are great. Johnny was a real-life badass at this time, and he imbues his character with startling realism. Again, the lame attempts at feel-good family humor seem out of place and take away from the overall nasty feeling of the film, but Johnny's performance and the plot itself make this a film worth seeing!


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