Five Minutes to Live (Door-to-Door Maniac) (1961)

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Released 17-Jun-2005
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In this classic crime noir thriller, country music legend Johnny Cash (in his film debut) stars as Johnny Cabot, a violent, guitar playing ex-con who gets another chance at the big money when a notorious gangster (Fred Dorella) offers to bring him in on a bank heist. While Dorella holds up the bank, Cabot, pretending to be an insurance salesman, kidnaps the wife of the bank’s vice-president, holding her for ransom.

Simmering sexual tension soon develops as a demented Cabot makes advances toward the housewife - in true pulp style, he forces her to dress in a negligee while singing the song "Five Minutes to Live" (written by Cash). Featuring an early performance from eight year-old Ron Howard (director of A Beautiful Mind), and a great turn by Cash as the neurotic, guitar and gun-toting Cabot, this rarely-seen cult pulp thriller can now be seen for the first time in Australia.

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Johnny Cash
Donald Woods
Cay Forrester
Pamela Mason
Vic Tayback
Ron Howard
Merle Travis
Midge Ware
Norma Varden
Leslie Kimmell
Marge Waller
Patricia Lynn
Frances Flower
Directed by
Bill Karn
Gene Kauer
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding
Thriller 1961 74:27 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
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English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio, Theatrical Trailer, Trailer-Johnny Cash-An Anthology, Pickup On South Street, Trailer-Panic In The Streets, Pulp Cinema
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