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5 Flights Up (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.


Richard Loncraine


Charlie Peters (screenplay), Jill Ciment (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Ruth Carver
Morgan Freeman ... Alex Carver
Cynthia Nixon ... Lily Portman
Carrie Preston ... Miriam Carswell
Claire van der Boom ... Young Ruth
Korey Jackson ... Young Alex
Michael Cristofer ... Larry
Diane Ciesla ... May
Josh Pais ... Jackson
Maddie Corman ... Friendly Lady
Miriam Shor ... Cool Lady
Gary Wilmes ... Mr. Vincent
Liza J. Bennett ... Mrs. Vincent
Ted Sod ... Mr. Rahim
Sterling Jerins ... Zoë


A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

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The best moves in life are the ones you make together. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for language and some nude images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Based on a novel called "Heroic Measures," it was renamed "Life Itself," then "Ruth and Alex," then "5 Flights Up." See more »


The central characters say (two times) that they are buying an apartment on 1st Avenue and 77th Street and when they enter the apartment (also two times) it's clearly off Amsterdam Avenue on Cathedral Parkway, which is around 110th Street in West Harlem/Morningside Heights - more than 2 miles from where they are supposed to be. These two neighborhoods don't look alike at all. See more »


[first lines]
Alex Carver: [narrating] When Ruth and I first moved to Brooklyn, it was like an outpost. To our friends in Manhattan, we might as well have moved to Nebraska. It was out of fashion, but a good place for a struggling artist like me. And we liked it, which was good, because it was all we could afford.
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Performed by Max Calo
Music and Lyrics by Max Calo
Produced by George Acogny and Max Calo
Published by &copy Aloopho Music (Sessiwede Inc.)
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Charming, and somewhat sweet, but nothing too memorable.
21 July 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'5 FLIGHTS UP': Three Stars (Out of Five)

Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton star in this drama flick, about an elderly couple that finally decide to move; out of the New York apartment they've spent their lives together in. The film was directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Charlie Peters. It was based on the 2009 novel, 'Heroic Measures' (by Jill Ciment), and it costars Cynthia Nixon (of 'SEX AND THE CITY' fame). I found the movie to be charming, and somewhat sweet, but nothing too memorable.

Freeman and Keaton play Alex and Ruth Carver; an older couple that's lived in the same apartment, in New York, all of their time together. They've finally decided to move; largely due to the fact that their apartment is five flights up, and their apartment building has no elevator. Everyone they meet, interested in their home, is rude and annoying. Alex really doesn't want to move; and the couple also has to deal with real-estate issues, and their dog's poor health.

There's not a lot to the film, other than some strong character development; and some even stronger acting. Freeman and Keaton are both fantastic, in the film together, and they have beautiful chemistry. Nixon is a scene-stealer, as well (and I've never seen 'SEX AND THE CITY'). There's never a lot going on, but the film is still always interesting; thanks largely to it's veteran cast.

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Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$238,491, 10 May 2015

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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