Five Miles to Midnight

Five Miles to Midnight

Infobox Film
name = Five Miles to Midnight

caption = The VHS cover.
director = Anatole Litvak
producer = Anatole Litvak Louis Wipf
writer = Peter Viertel Hugh Wheeler Maurice Druon
narrator =
starring = Sophia Loren Anthony Perkins
music = Mikis Theodorakis Jacques Loussier Giuseppe Mengozzi
cinematography = Henri Alekan
editing = Bert Bates
distributor = United Artists
released = flagicon|France December 12, 1962
runtime = 110 min.
country = France/Italy/US
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0056957

"Five Miles to Midnight" (French: "Le Couteau dans la plaie") is a 1962 French-Italian-American drama film made by Filmsonor S.A., Dear Film Produzione and Mercury and distributed by United Artists. It 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.


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 (Young), Robert's jealousy, and her own guilt.

The film takes place primarily in Paris. Lisa is Italian; Robert is American.


* Sophia Loren as Lisa Macklin
* Anthony Perkins as Robert Macklin
* Gig Young as David Barnes
* Jean-Pierre Aumont as Alan Stewart
* Yolande Turner as Barbara Ford
* Tommy Norden as Johnny

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