Five Finger Exercise

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Five Finger Exercise
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Italian film poster
Directed by Daniel Mann
Produced by Frederick Brisson
Written by Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Peter Shaffer (play)
Starring Rosalind Russell
Jack Hawkins
Richard Beymer
Maximilian Schell
Annette Gorman.
Music by Jerome Moross
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by William A. Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
April 19, 1962 (1962-04-19)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Five Finger Exercise is a 1962 American drama film made by Columbia Pictures, directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Frederick Brisson from a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, based on the play by Peter Shaffer.

The film stars Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Richard Beymer, Maximilian Schell, and Annette Gorman, with an early screen appearance from Lana Wood, the sister of Natalie Wood.

The play premiered at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End in February 1959, and opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway on December 2, 1959, and closed October 1, 1960, after 337 performances. The young Juliet Mills, a teenager at the time, played the role of Pamela Harrington, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.


It follows a few days in the lives of the Harringtons, who are at war. While the husband and wife fight each other, the son and daughter are on the same path. Then, when a music teacher comes in, things begin to change, until other things start to threaten the peace.


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