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5ive Days to Midnight 

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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.
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Series cast summary:
Timothy Hutton ...  J.T. Neumeyer 5 episodes, 2004
Randy Quaid ...  Irwin Sikorski 5 episodes, 2004
Kari Matchett ...  Claudia Whitney 5 episodes, 2004
Hamish Linklater ...  Carl Axelrod 5 episodes, 2004
Angus Macfadyen ...  Roy Bremmer 5 episodes, 2004
Gage Golightly ...  Jesse Neumeyer 5 episodes, 2004
Nicole de Boer ...  Chantal Hume 5 episodes, 2004
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ...  Brad Hume 5 episodes, 2004
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Tim Sanders 5 episodes, 2004
Nick Allen Nick Allen ...  Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
Christine Anton Christine Anton ...  Mrs. Silveira 5 episodes, 2004
Daniel Bacon ...  Jesse's Teacher 5 episodes, 2004
Blake Banbury ...  Orderly 5 episodes, 2004
Lisa Ann Beley ...  Amy 5 episodes, 2004
Paul Bittante Paul Bittante ...  Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
Lou Bollo Lou Bollo ...  Airport Screener 5 episodes, 2004
Laurie Brunetti Laurie Brunetti ...  Rental Car Manager 5 episodes, 2004
Bruce Clark Bruce Clark ...  Desk Sergeant 5 episodes, 2004
Chilton Crane ...  Jan Westville 5 episodes, 2004
Samantha Crew Samantha Crew ...  Katherine Neumeyer 5 episodes, 2004
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ...  Bouncer 5 episodes, 2004
L. Harvey Gold ...  Jay Simpson 5 episodes, 2004
Ashley Hale Ashley Hale ...  Annabel Westville 5 episodes, 2004
Chelah Horsdal ...  Stefani the Rental Car Woman 5 episodes, 2004
Brock Johnson Brock Johnson ...  Bartender 5 episodes, 2004
Wilson Kwok ...  Coughing Man 5 episodes, 2004
Ali Liebert ...  Student in Hall 5 episodes, 2004
Sarah Lind ...  Art Major 5 episodes, 2004
Gardiner Millar ...  Dr. Fontaine 5 episodes, 2004
Darren Moore ...  Pale Man 5 episodes, 2004
Gerald Paetz ...  Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
John Stewart ...  Rental Car Guy 5 episodes, 2004
Rob Stewart ...  Dr. Dan Westville 5 episodes, 2004
Sydney Rae Sullivan Sydney Rae Sullivan ...  Topanga Sanders 5 episodes, 2004
Warren Takeuchi ...  Yoshi 5 episodes, 2004
Nathalie Therriault Nathalie Therriault ...  Airport Security 5 episodes, 2004
Barbara Tyson ...  Mandy Murphy 5 episodes, 2004
Susie Wickstead ...  Paramedic 5 episodes, 2004
Brian McCaig ...  Student #1 5 episodes, 2004
Juno Rinaldi ...  Toy store clerk 5 episodes, 2004
Jason Simpson ...  Steel Worker 5 episodes, 2004
Ian Thompson ...  Bus driver 5 episodes, 2004
April Telek ...  Dottie Sikorski 3 episodes, 2004
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While visiting the graveyard of his beloved wife with his daughter Jesse, the physics professor John T. Neumeyer finds a case with a police dossier relating his death in five days. He initially believes it is a sick prank from the brilliant but deranged physics student Carl Axelrod, but when a series of events related in the documents occur, he realizes that the file has been sent from the future. With the support of Detective Irwin Sikorski, whose name is indicated in the file as in charge of the investigation of his death, and suspecting of everybody including his girlfriend Claudia Whitney that has a blurred hidden past, J.T. tries to change the future and his fate. But Carl believes that any modification in the time-line will jeopardize mankind and the future of the planet. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He has five days to solve a murder... his own. See more »


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Official Sites:

SciFi.com | Space [Canada]

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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

7 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Days to Midnight See more »

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(5 parts)

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Everything is happening in June, yet in the beginning of the first day everything looks like it's winter, with no leaves on the trees, the way people are dressed, and so on. The show was filmed during January/February 2004. See more »

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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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10,000 Miles
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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once I figured out what was going on with the discs, I was OK
13 September 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

After a fashion, I really enjoyed this miniseries from 2004, "Five Days to Midnight," starring Timothy Hutton, Randy Quaid, Kari Matchett, Hamish Linklater, Angus Macfayden, and Gage Golightly.

Hutton plays physics professor J.T. Neumeyer who, while visiting his wife's grave on the anniversary of her death, finds a briefcase with his name on it. Inside are news clippings that talk about his death five days from now. At first, he thinks it's a joke but ultimately believes it was sent by his brilliant but eccentric student Carl (Linklater) and perhaps is not a joke. With an 11-year-old daughter to care for, Neumeyer isn't about to go down without a fight.

Complications abound, including a secret his girlfriend (Matchett) has been keeping, and his brother-in-law's financial difficulties. Then there's the implication of actually changing the future - which Carl warns him can't happen.

Quantum physics is extremely interesting to me -- parallel universes and the like, time travel - unfortunately, there was not as much emphasis on this in the plot; instead, the focus seemed to be on making it into a detective story. Less interesting.

My big problem was the way the discs were set up. I watched the first disc, returned it to Netflix, got the second, and immediately realized I hadn't seen one episode. I found out I wasn't the only one this happened to - the discs separate the episodes, one hour each, rather than one episode, two hours.

Timothy Huttton was excellent, and all the acting was good - Hamish Linklater is always wonderful -- and all of the acting is good. Because of Hutton, you really get involved in the story and in this man's plight.

If you watch this, you'll have questions - there is an excellent post on the message board that explains it all.

Can we change the future, and if we do, what are the implications? Are the past, the present, and the future occurring at the same time? If we try to change it, are we doomed to the same fate even if the circumstances change? Movies have been asking these questions for years. "Five Days to Midnight" also deals with the future sending us messages. It's all fascinating -- I just wish there had been more of it.


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