Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight) (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight) (1962)

Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight)

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Just a few years after Psycho made him an internationally known actor, Anthony Perkins starred with Sophia Loren in this suspense drama about a mismatched husband and wife, Bob and Lisa. When they first met in Italy, Lisa was an impoverished young woman and Bob was an American GI who looked like he was going somewhere. Now that the couple has settled down in Paris, Lisa has a steady job but Bob cannot seem to last very long in any employment whatsoever. Just as Lisa bids him good-bye at the airport, on his way to yet another job possibility, she lets him know that she is leaving him. Well, the plane crashes and Bob manages to get away intact without anyone knowing it. He shows up back home and convinces Lisa to collect on his life insurance -- and that is when everything starts to go downhill on a bobsled.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Viertel, Hugh Wheeler
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Runtime:
United Artists

Cast

Sophia Loren
as Lisa Macklin
Anthony Perkins
as Robert Macklin
Gig Young
as David Barnes
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Alan Stewart
Yolande Turner
as Barbara Ford
Billy Kearns
as Capt. Wade
Barbara Nicot
as Mrs. Wade
Louis Falavigna
as Pharmacist
Elina Labourdette
as Mme. Lafont
Regine
as Regine
Pascale Roberts
as Streetwalker
Sophie Real
as Housemaid
Jean Ozenne
as Mons. Babasse
Clément Harari
as Mons. Schmidt
Nicolas Vogel
as Eric Ostrum
Giselle Preville
as Mrs. Harrington
Jean Hebey
as Nikandros
Yves Brainville
as Mons. Dompier
Guy Laroche
as Guy Laroche
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Critic Reviews for Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Sophia Loren is given very little opportunity to display her acknowledged talent for acting in Anatol Litvak's new film.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] chilling story of mismatched mates.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
Radio Times

[A] tawdry little melodrama.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
America Magazine

The tawdry atmospheric "insurance fraud film" crashes along with its plane crash vics.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight)

Solid suspenser with a some surprises along the way.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, it stars two of my favourite actors, and the story is really cool. It's dramatic, suspenseful, and exciting, but also funny. I highly recommend it.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Mismatched pair Loren and Perkins are not only mismatched as cast for this film but mismatched in their marriage. Black and white early 60's film. Still, a better movie than anything made after the year 2000.

Sophia Loren in her finest is made to act with limp, unromantic and anti-romantic Anthony Perkins, decidely the most love lost pair on the planet. Perkins is just about as weird and robot like a character it gets.


Set in Paris... A pushy, neurotic American (Anthony Perkins) convinces his terrified wife (Sophia Loren) to do a scam to collect his $120,000 life insurance when it's assumed that he has been killed in a plane crash. But there's a catch, of course...

Cast
Jean-Pierre Aumont
Sophia Loren
Anthony Perkins
Gig Young


Crew
Cinematographer: Henri Alekan
Director: Anatole Litvak
Producer: Anatole Litvak
Composer: Mikis Theodorakis
Screenplay: Peter Viertel
Producer: Louis Wipf
Screenplay: Hugh Wheeler

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