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Five Miles to Midnight

1963 1h 50m Drama List
29% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 57% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Lisa Macklin (Sophia Loren) tells her abusive, emotionally immature husband, Robert (Anthony Perkins), that she doesn't want to see him again. He leaves on a business flight bound for Casablanca. That evening, she is shocked to learn that his plane crashed, with all aboard presumed dead. After his funeral, she finds him at home, having survived the crash. He promises to leave her life for good if she helps him commit life insurance fraud, and she agrees, in order to get rid of him for good. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Sophia Loren is given very little opportunity to display her acknowledged talent for acting in Anatol Litvak's new film. Jul 29, 2015 Full Review TIME Magazine [A] chilling story of mismatched mates. Jul 29, 2015 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com A curious early 60s drama manages to feel detached from an exact time and place, while fans of Loren or Perkins should definitely enjoy this film's offbeat demeanor. Rated: 3/5 Sep 30, 2020 Full Review Adrian Turner Radio Times Fans of melodrama will enjoy this juicy item that sometimes seems Hitchcockian in tone but most of the time exists in a world of its own. Rated: 2/5 Jul 29, 2015 Full Review TV Guide [A] tawdry little melodrama. Rated: 1/5 Jul 29, 2015 Full Review Moira Walsh America Magazine The story is not only full of holes; it is also replete with coincidental narrative embellishments stitched on as an afterthought to keep the holes from showing too much. Jul 29, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Daryl S I thought this was a very good movie and recommend it highly! Tony Perkins brings his creepy persona to the movie and does a gives a great performance! Sophia Loren is beautiful and fantastic! A must see thriller! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/02/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful ending to a very PTSD relationship. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Anatole Litvak could not decide if he was directing a Hitchcockian Thriller about a mismatched couple with a bizarre get-rich-quick scheme or if he was directing a serious Drama with Thriller trappings about a mismatched couple and their deteriorating marriage. Lisa (Sophie Loren) married Bob (Anthony Perkins) when she was a young woman in economically-ravaged postwar Italy and he was an American GI who seemed to offer the world to her. Now the couple is in Paris and Lisa holds down a steady job at a high-end Parisian boutique while Bob drifts from job to job, listless and lacking the drive to succeed. Bob's boyish charms and good looks have opened a lot of doors but his immaturity, lack of resolve, and an irrational jealousy about his wife have closed a lot of doors. Lisa tells Bob she wants to leave him. Then he miraculously walks away from a plane crash whilst on route to Casablanca; the authorities think that Bob is among the dead and there is a life insurance policy that the widow can collect on and Bob convinces Lisa to do so, promising to get out of her life with the money. But Bob's anger, jealousy, and bad luck may sink the plan. A young American boy, Johnny (Tommy Nordon) spots Bob hiding in the apartment and an American reporter, David (Gig Young) becomes interested in Lisa and suspicious of her at the same time. Not a bad little film, but it wasn't anything I had not seen before in other Thrillers, I predicted the outcome well before it occurred. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member OK crime drama rather sordid Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid suspenser with a some surprises along the way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member i was kinda disappointed by this since it has the great sophia loren and anthony perkins. it's ok but nothing special Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Lisa Macklin (Sophia Loren) tells her abusive, emotionally immature husband, Robert (Anthony Perkins), that she doesn't want to see him again. He leaves on a business flight bound for Casablanca. That evening, she is shocked to learn that his plane crashed, with all aboard presumed dead. After his funeral, she finds him at home, having survived the crash. He promises to leave her life for good if she helps him commit life insurance fraud, and she agrees, in order to get rid of him for good.
Director
Anatole Litvak
Producer
Anatole Litvak
Production Co
Dear Film Produzione
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 26, 2016
Runtime
1h 50m