Five Miles to Midnight (French: Le Couteau dans la plaie, literally The Knife in the wound) is a 1962 French-Italian-American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak. It was produced through Filmsonor S.A., Dear Film Produzione and Mercury, and distributed by United Artists.


Five Miles to Midnight

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.


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.


Five Miles to Midnight
  • 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

External links

  • Five Miles to Midnight at the Internet Movie Database
  • Five Miles to Midnight at AllMovie
  • Five Miles to Midnight at the TCM Movie Database
  • Five Miles to Midnight at Rotten Tomatoes

Five Miles to Midnight

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