Five Miles to Midnight
Five Miles to Midnight (French: Le Couteau dans la plaie, literally The Knife in the wound) is a 1962 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Anatole Litvak. It starred Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins. It was produced through Filmsonor S.A., Dear Film Produzione and Mercury, and distributed by United Artists.
|Five Miles to Midnight|
The VHS cover
|Directed by||Anatole Litvak|
|Produced by||Anatole Litvak|
|Written by||Peter Viertel|
|Music by||Mikis Theodorakis|
|Edited by||Bert Bates|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Country||France, Italy, United States|
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 (Gig Young), Robert's jealousy, and her own guilt.
Eventually the stress of putting up with Robert is too much for Lisa, and she runs over him and disposes of the body and car in a lake. The suitor realizes what she did as she has a mental breakdown and calls the police.
The film takes place primarily in Paris. Lisa is Italian; Robert is American.
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.
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