Five Finger Exercise

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.

Five Finger Exercise
Italian film poster
Directed byDaniel Mann
Produced byFrederick Brisson
Written byFrances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Peter Shaffer (play)
StarringRosalind Russell
Jack Hawkins
Richard Beymer
Maximilian Schell
Annette Gorman.
Music byJerome Moross
CinematographyHarry Stradling Sr.
Edited byWilliam A. Lyon
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
April 19, 1962 (1962-04-19)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States

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 for the better, until other things start to threaten the peace.


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