Five

Overview

One of the most pretentious "apocalypse" films ever made, Five is set in a lavish Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house--owned by Arch Oboler, the film's writer/producer/director. The "five" of the title are the only survivors of a nuclear disaster, all of whom have rather illogically converged in this house. William Phipps, the hero, was left untouched by the explosion because he'd been alone in an Empire State Building elevator! He is the first to arrive at the house, and is joined in quick succession by a pregnant...
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Overview

One of the most pretentious "apocalypse" films ever made, Five is set in a lavish Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house--owned by Arch Oboler, the film's writer/producer/director. The "five" of the title are the only survivors of a nuclear disaster, all of whom have rather illogically converged in this house. William Phipps, the hero, was left untouched by the explosion because he'd been alone in an Empire State Building elevator! He is the first to arrive at the house, and is joined in quick succession by a pregnant woman Susan Douglas, a fascistic soldier of fortune James Anderson, an African American doorman Charles Lampkin and a shell-shocked bank clerk Earl Lee. The clerk mercifully dies of radiation early on, leaving the remaining four to converse at great and boring length on all things philosophical. At long, long last, only the hero and the woman are left alive to do the "Adam and Eve" bit. Though Arch Oboler was one of the greatest radio writers of all time, Five proves that he was in over his head as a filmmaker; the dialogue evokes laughter rather than profound thought, and the plotline has logic holes big enough to drive trucks through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 043396285781
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Phipps Michael
Susan Douglas Roseanne
James Anderson Eric
Charles Lampkin Charles
Earl Lee Barnstaple
Louis de Funès
Technical Credits
Arch Oboler Director, Producer, Production Designer, Screenwriter
John Hoffman Editor
Sid Lubow Cinematographer, Editor
Charles Maxwell Score Composer
Henry Russell Score Composer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer, Editor
Arthur Swerdloff Cinematographer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Five
1. Chapter 1 [7:44]
2. Chapter 2 [7:14]
3. Chapter 3 [5:09]
4. Chapter 4 [8:40]
5. Chapter 5 [9:42]
6. Chapter 6 [14:28]
7. Chapter 7 [9:46]
8. Chapter 8 [7:27]
9. Chapter 9 [6:00]
10. Chapter 10 [7:24]
11. Chapter 11 [4:11]
12. Chapter 12 [3:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Five
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Martini Minutes
      How to Become a Villain
      Secrets of Deception
   Original Theatrical Trailer
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