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5 Against the House (1955)

5 Against the House (1955)





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In this film noir, five college students laughingly devise a perfect plan for robbing a casino in Reno. At first they do it just to pass the time, but one of them is deeply in debt and successfully cajoles his peers into carrying through with their plans.
Classics , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Guy Madison
as Al Mercer
Brian Keith
as Brick
Kim Novak
as Kay Greylek
William Conrad
as Eric Berg
Jack Diamond
as Francis Spieglebauer
Jean Willes
as Virginia
John Zaremba
as Robert Fenton
George Brand
as Jack Roper
Mark Hanna
as Brad Lacey
Carroll McComas
as Mrs. Valent
Hugh Sanders
as Pat Winters
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Critic Reviews for 5 Against the House

All Critics (2)

Strange caper film with odd touches in character and setting.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015
Classic Film and Television

Under Karlson's sharp direction, it becomes easy to forget that this heist for fun plot-line was a crackpot idea and highly unlikely to happen in real life.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
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Audience Reviews for 5 Against the House

What was enjoyable in this movie was seeing actors that later in life became more famous then this movie would make them. Brian Keith, smoking away as the tough guy who later played Uncle Bill in Family Affair, William Conrad who was later in Cannon and Jake and the Fat Man, and the beautiful Kim Novak, and many more. All combined to make a film about some college students going to Las Vegas to hold up a casino, Brian Keith plays the war veteran from the Korean War who's just not fully recovered from the things he saw and did, So this makes for a bad road ahead. Its Film Noir, and worth 3 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This one's a lean 83 minutes, but even some of that could be trimmed. A caper flick about a group of college guys who hatch a scheme to rob a casino. The main problem is the ridiculous amount of pre-heist buildup. We get way too much of these guys hanging around campus, and Guy Madison pitching woo at Kim Novak. The meat of the movie is in the last half hour or so, but once you get there, it's pretty good meat. It's not really "true" noir, but it's close enough, especially at the climax. A large theme is veterans dealing with postwar psychiatric issues. The earlier parts of the movie has a lot of comic dialogue, most of which is actually quite well-written. However, the biggest wisecracker of the group, Alvy Moore, gets pretty annoying. Director Phil Karlson also shoots the film very well (one of the few noirs in widescreen) with a number of very good shots. You know that iconic shot from The Graduate, with Anne Bancroft's leg looming large in the foreground and Dustin Hoffman tiny in the background? That's in here... 12 years earlier. Practically the same framing, too. A flawed but generally fun picture.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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