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The Fifth Floor (1978)

College disco dancer is wrongly committed to an insane asylum.

Director:

Howard Avedis

Writers:

Meyer Dolinsky (screenplay), Howard Avedis (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Hopkins ... Carl
Dianne Hull ... Kelly McIntyre
Patti D'Arbanville ... Cathy
Sharon Farrell ... Melanie
Robert Englund ... Benny
Anthony James ... Derrick
Julie Adams ... Nurse Hannelord
Mel Ferrer ... Dr. Sidney Coleman
John David Carson ... Ronnie Denton
Earl Boen ... Phil
Betty Kean ... Sophy
Alice Nunn ... Emma
Cathey Paine Cathey Paine ... Lois
Udana Power ... Nurse Whelan
Maggie Appel Maggie Appel ... Mental Patient
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A young woman collapses on the disco dance floor of what's revealed to be strychnine poisoning. Assuming that this is an attempt at suicide, her boyfriend and doctor have her committed to the Fifth Floor, an asylum with obviously crazy inmates and a predatory orderly. The problem is, she's still sane! Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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The Nightmare Is Knowing You're Sane. See more »

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Trivia

One of the mental patients is played by Cathey Paine, who played Manson Family killer Leslie Van Houten in Helter Skelter, and she wields a knife in Avalanche, which came out the same year as this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 9 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

Fly Away
Written by Lenny Laks and Matthew Ender (as Matt Ender)
Sung by Pattie Brooks
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"Spread your beautiful wings and fly away!"
14 May 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

The Fifth Floor is a fun little horror/women-behind-bars hybrid with a great cast. The story, about a go-go dancer railroaded into an asylum, is based on a truly horrifying premise: Under certain circumstances, everything you say or do can be interpreted as a sign of madness. This could've been a very dark, lurid nuthouse shocker, but, perhaps in a bid for respectability, the sleaze factor is considerably played down. The result is a lightweight cult creation that, although lacking in ferocity, still comes across thanks to good acting and a real sense of helpless fear in key scenes. Pattie Brooks sings a very catchy number called "Fly Away" in the opening disco scene. Not bad at all.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Hickmar Productions See more »
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