Five Miles to Midnight

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Five Miles to Midnight
Five Miles to Midnight VHS cover.jpg
The VHS cover
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Produced by Anatole Litvak
Louis Wipf
Written by Peter Viertel
Hugh Wheeler
Maurice Druon
Starring Sophia Loren
Anthony Perkins
Music by Mikis Theodorakis
Jacques Loussier
Giuseppe Mengozzi
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Edited by Bert Bates
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 12 December 1962 (1962-12-12) (France)
Running time 110 minutes
Country France/Italy/United States
Language English

Five Miles to Midnight (French: Le Couteau dans la plaie, literally The Knife in the wound) is a 1962 French-Italian-American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak. It was produced through Filmsonor S.A., Dear Film Produzione and Mercury, and distributed by United Artists.

Plot[edit]

Immediately after Lisa (Loren) declares that she is leaving her immature, abusive, but easy-going husband Robert (Perkins), he is reported dead in a plane crash. Secretly still alive, he convinces her to collect his life insurance, although she knows that it's a bad idea. Lisa must contend with the complications of the scheme, which involve an aggressive suitor (Young), Robert's jealousy, and her own guilt.

The film takes place primarily in Paris. Lisa is Italian; Robert is American.

Production[edit]

The film was directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by Litvak and Louis Wipf from a screenplay by Peter Viertel and Hugh Wheeler with dialogue by Maurice Druon, based on an idea by André Versini. The musical score was written by Mikis Theodorakis for the film, which also includes music by Jacques Loussier and Giuseppe Mengozzi. The cinematography was by Henri Alekan.

The film stars Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins, with Gig Young, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Yolande Turner, and Tommy Norden.

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