The Last Five Minutes

The Last Five Minutes (Italian: Gli ultimi cinque minuti) is a 1955 French-Italian comedy film directed by Giuseppe Amato and starring Linda Darnell, Vittorio De Sica and Peppino De Filippo.[1] It is also known by the alternative title of It Happens in Roma.

The Last Five Minutes
Directed byGiuseppe Amato
Produced byGiuseppe Amato
Written byOreste Biancoli
Aldo De Benedetti
StarringLinda Darnell
Vittorio De Sica
Peppino De Filippo
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Excelsa Film
Omnium International du Film
Distributed by Minerva Film
Release date
25 May 1955
Running time
89 minutes

The film's art direction was by Guido Fiorini.


In the post-World War II Vittorio De Sica as Carlo Reani is looking for a apartment and finds the perfect one, but Linda Darnell as Renata Adorni is being shown the apartment at the same time. They both decide to get it but bump into each other with their realtors and a dispute begans as to who has a right to get the apartment as Renata says it is hers as she has sent in a contract. They send their realtors racing to get it and bring their luggage back first, but they return at the same time. However Carlo proposes marriage to Renata and she accepts and they end up getting it together.



  1. Davis p.145


  • Davis, Ronald L. Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream. University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
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