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Five Miles to Midnight(1963)

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  • five miles to midnight

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/5/15

    Silly movie that asks us to believe that a guy can survive a plane crash, where everyone else dies, by being ejected from an emergency exit door (stupidest line in the entire ludicrous screenplay is Tony Perkins musing to wife, Sophia Loren, "Planes do funny things." Yeah, and so do scenarists.) and then walking from Bordeaux to Paris with no ill effects other than some scratches. I guess, if you buy that, then you'll pretty much suspend disbelief and embrace this film whole. I just couldn't. Adding to the general insipidity is an uncharacteristically bad performance from Sophia Loren, who, in 99% of her films, is not a scenery chewer, but, alas, not here. You could blame Ms. Loren, of course, and just chalk it up to an "off day," but since, as I've said, she's rarely been this awful, I'm gonna pin it on director Anatole Litvak. I will say that Tony Perkins is skin crawlingly slimy, though, and when Sophia runs him over like the dog he is (to mix the metaphor) I cheered. But then that dumb ass script (by, among others, the usually decent Peter Viertel, ironically) reasserts itself and Sophia's not even allowed to get away with offing the creep. Give it a C minus. P.S. Kinda interesting that Perkins, who always played maniacs and villains, was apparently a rather decent fellow in real life while Gig Young, who usually played nice guys, (as in this film) was in reality a, you guessed it, complete monster.

  • At War With The Macklins!

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 11/4/15

    An atypical thriller, which concerns the implementation of an insurance fraud that doesn't seem too promising, but which does, in fact, work - but to the detriment of the married couple who are involved. Anthony Perkins was criticized for not being enough of a villain, but he wasn't supposed to be - just wrong-headed and terribly selfish. Sophia Loren can't stand her husband and brings the true tension to the material - will she simply report him to the police? The ending is totally unexpected and horribly violent - Anatole Litvak, the director, was right in not revealing it in publicity releases. Litvak was a very talented, sophisticated and polished director - and he should really be better-known today. (The young actor, Tommy Norden, who played little Johnny, had appeared on Broadway with Perkins in "Greenwillow" and Perkins had recommened Norden to Litvak for his role in the film.)

  • Bring back "Five Miles to Midnight"!

    • kelly
    • 12/28/09

    I saw this movie many years ago when I was really too young for this sort of flick. It keep me at the edge of my seat and my mother ended up watching it with me instead of making me go to bed. I forgot the name, but remember the actors and thanks to TCM with a little reseach I found it. Please bring it back! The story is still relevant in this day and time.

  • A+ Mystery

    • Bonnie
    • 9/8/06

    A very suspenseful drama that I saw in an "art house" movie theater years ago. It was 1963 and Sophia Loren was still so very beautiful...but dark and mysterious,as was Anthony Perkins. I don't remember details, only being "on the edge of my seat", as the Sophia character was in perilous danger...or was she? Has this movie ever been shown on TV? Please try to obtain it or "rights" to show it because, like TWO WOMEN (and PRETTY POISON), it doesn't deserve to remain a marvelous but unseen "sleeper."

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