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Five Miles to Midnight (1962)

Le couteau dans la plaie (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 December 1962 (France)
Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »


Anatole Litvak


André Versini (idea), Peter Viertel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Lisa Macklin
Anthony Perkins ... Robert Macklin
Gig Young ... David Barnes
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Alan Stewart
Yolande Turner ... Barbara Ford (as Yolande Finch)
Tommy Norden Tommy Norden ... Johnny
Mathilde Casadesus Mathilde Casadesus ... Mme. Duval, Concierge
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Capt. Wade
Barbara Nicot Barbara Nicot ... Regine
Louis Falavigna Louis Falavigna ... Pharmacist
Elina Labourdette ... Mme. Lafont
Régine ... Mrs. Wade
Pascale Roberts ... Streetwalker
Sophie Réal Sophie Réal ... Housemaid
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Monsieur Babasse


Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him again. She is with newspaperman Alan Stewart that evening when she learns Robert's plane has crashed with no survivors. Waking from sedation after the funeral, Lisa finds Robert in their flat, injured but alive. He was thrown clear of the crash by a lucky twist of fate. He now plans to collect the $120,000 insurance he took out at the airport. Once Lisa collects the money and turns it over to him, she will finally be rid of him. She attempts to get advice from Stewart, but he has been replaced by David Barnes. Lisa's life becomes a tortuous ordeal, at work, at home, faced with a fugitive husband and a growing love for David, who suspects everything. Finally her nightmare concludes when she finally gets the check and meets Robert. As they drive to the Belgian border, he reveals he never intended giving ... Written by alfiehitchie

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The picture on the bedroom wall in Lisa and Bob's apartment is a print of a painting by Henri Rousseau, called "The Sleeping Gypsy," painted in 1897. It is a fantastical depiction of a lion musing over a sleeping woman on a moonlit night. See more »


After Johnny (the little boy) enters Robert Macklin's house through a front window, Macklin asks him where Johnny's dad is. Johnny answers "At the office. He came home early yesterday, but mostly I'm alone." The camera angle changes at "but mostly I'm alone" from front to left side. You can see that Johnny's mouth is not moving when he says "but mostly I'm alone." See more »


David Barnes: It's strange, I hadn't really planned to come to Paris at all. I was ready to dig up a new assignment when I ran into Alan in Geneva. The next thing I knew I was installed in his apartment and you walked in. That's when I got the happy idea that you went with the place. Which was a bad idea, I admit. Then we ran into each other on the street. Fate. Fate.
Lisa Macklin: I know. Bigger than the both of us. But certainly it wasn't fate that made you follow me to the shop.
David Barnes: No, that was just good, healthy curiosity....
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »


Boulevard Blues
Composed by Jacques Loussier
Performed by Mikis Theodorakis And His Orchestra
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1950's Insurance fraud with Sophia Loren as lovely as ever.
22 October 2017 | by vicjenjSee all my reviews

Suspense begins from the beginning with Italian wife Lisa Macklin (Sophia Loren) on the verge of splitting with her American husband Robert Macklin (Anthony Perkins). Prior to boarding a plane Lisa tells Robert she will not be here when he gets back. Before boarding Robert purchases an insurance policy for $120,000. The plane crashes and the papers report that there were no survivors.

The suspense really heats up when after the funeral Robert appears back at their apartment injured but very much alive. He brings Lisa into a scheme to keep his death a secret so that they can collect the money. Lisa is reluctant but Robert promises to allow for their separation and a share of the money if she would assist with the plane. Lisa is very torn and emotional as she labors through the process. The movie keeps you guessing what the outcome will be, and Lisa eventually realizes that she must end her trauma.

Sophia Loren is lovely and her facial expressions expressed her fear and emotional she experiences. Anthony Perkins is exceptional in being the creepy loner type. David Barnes and Tommy Norden provide great supporting roles as well.

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Release Date:

12 December 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La troisième dimension See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Mono (Westrex System)

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1.66 : 1
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