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 byAnatole Litvak
Produced byAnatole Litvak
Louis Wipf
Written byPeter Viertel
Hugh Wheeler
Maurice Druon
StarringSophia Loren
Anthony Perkins
Music byMikis Theodorakis
Jacques Loussier
Giuseppe Mengozzi
CinematographyHenri Alekan
Edited byBert Bates
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 12 December 1962 (1962-12-12) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryFrance, 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.

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


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