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



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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.

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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
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.

Jul 29, 2015 | Full Review…

[A] chilling story of mismatched mates.

Jul 29, 2015 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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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.

Jul 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[A] tawdry little melodrama.

Jul 29, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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…

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

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight)

Solid suspenser with a some surprises along the way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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Wonderful cinematography and great acting from the beautiful Sophia. And Anthony Perkins was wonderfully eerie just like in Psycho... but a little toned down. This is a hidden gem! :)

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