FIVE MILES TO MIDNIGHT
"I do all the worrying, all the thinking - all you have to do is take the risks"
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Smuggling an American gangster out of Italy is no joy ride for Brett and Danny, despite the assistance of a glamorous girl photographer.
The killing of an Italian underworld boss named Gino Franco detonates a havoc-ahead explosion for Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE) and Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS). The assassin is Frank Rocco (ROBERT HUTTON), a New York gangster who is sitting safely in Rome to avoid a tax evasion charge awaiting him back in the States. Now he is on the run again.
There is one way out for him. He promises U.S. authorities that if they save him and reduce his sentence, he will lift the lid on an East Coast crime syndicate.
The U.S. authorities agree, and Brett and Danny find themselves with another assignment from Judge Fulton (LAURENCE NAISMITH), who wins their reluctant co-operation when he tells them that if they get Rocco back to America, it will be the biggest breakthrough ever made against organised crime.
So Danny sets off with Rocco hidden under a tarpaulin in an old truck owned by Sidonie (JOAN COLLINS), a beautiful girl photographer who smells a great scoop here and insists on accompanying them. Brett follows in his car, creating a dramatic diversion at a police checkpoint, which enables Danny to drive Rocco off in a different direction.
Unnoticed in the melee, a car starts silently after Brett. It carries Torino (ROBERT RIETTY), a big-time Italian mobster, bent on vendetta.
When Brett catches up with Danny and his passengers, they abandon the truck because the police now know the number, and make their way on foot. Reaching an imposing villa, they tell the owner, Sangallo (FERDY MAYNE), that their car has broken down, and he invites them to dinner. They've chosen their host unwisely. He later locks them in, calls Torino, and they find themselves surrounded. Their escape has a melodramatic note, but is successful and they wind up a mountain road with Torino and his henchmen in close pursuit. Ahead - a police block. But they get through, on foot, bicycles and an old farm truck, and have only five miles to go to the border when Sidonie spots the sinister convoy of gangster cars.
Brett sends Sidonie and Rocco into the bushes and drives on as a decoy with Danny. But Torino catches up with them. It's not quite the end of the trail, though. There's a big surprise for Torino and an even bigger surprise for Brett and Danny.
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Director of Photography - TONY SPRATLING
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - PETER PRICE
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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