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Five

Five (1951)

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One of the most pretentious "apocalypse" films ever made, Five is set in a lavish Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house--owned by Arch Oboler, the film's writer/producer/director. The "five" of the title are the only survivors of a nuclear disaster, all of whom have rather illogically converged in this house. William Phipps, the hero, was left untouched by the explosion because he'd been alone in an Empire State Building elevator! He is the first to arrive at the house, and is joined in quick

Feb 24, 2009

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Admirably grave, indelible parable of nuclear unease

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

For all of his budgetary limitations, it's a strikingly atmospheric and handsome film and [Arch] Oboler creates an eerie sense isolation with simple techniques.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Interesting in many ways, like its director (Arch Oboler), Five falls short of really hitting home.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

While survivors with too much time on their hands argue, joke and flirt in the wilderness, enough juice finally kicks in from a found generator for waltzes to start playing on 45s. And not exactly a Hollywood happy ending, but with vintage charm to spare.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Five

Although it's called five, I cannot give it a 5. This apocalypse film is not only depressing, it's boring too. There's no music for the most part, the actors don't know what to do with themselves, nothing really happens, and it doesn't even end. At least it succeeds in depressing the audience.
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