Such an interesting film, and yet it is seldom mentioned by anybody.
It is forbiddingly dark - and then gets even darker.
Would it be an example of neo-noir?
Anthony Perkins is married to Sophia Loren and comes up with a wild scheme to make a lot of money.
He forces her to take part - but she is so sorry that she married him and cannot stand the man.
He doesn't really care - as long as she's a willing participant.
Crazily, she becomes involved with a friend of a friend, Gig Young.
She's looking for a way out!
Perkins becomes involved with a young boy, Thomas Nordern, who knows that he's alive when he's supposed to be dead.
Perkins is sick, sick, sick - Loren only exists to serve him - and his thoroughly crazy scheme.
Gradually, he pushes her to the breaking point - and she runs him over - not once, but twice!
Then, she throws him into a nearby river.
And then she stops off for a cup of coffee and faints!
In the end, having contact with the boy, Gig Young finally puts all the pieces together.
But it's too late!
Loren has clearly descended into madness.
The film has been put together with a great deal of style and a great sense of momentum by Anatole Litvak.
I do wish that he had made some more films like this one.
But I am grateful for "Five Miles To Midnight".
A YOUNG BOY DISCOVERS A TERRIFYING SECRET -