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Subject: Dianne Hull, Meyer Dolinsky, Patti D'Arbanville, Alan Silvestri, Mel Ferrer
Collection: 1978 Films, American Films, English-Language Films, Films Set in Psychiatric Hospitals
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The Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor
Directed by Howard Avedis
Produced by Howard Avedis
Written by Meyer Dolinsky
Starring Bo Hopkins
Dianne Hull
Patti D'Arbanville
Sharon Farrell
Robert Englund
Anthony James
Julie Adams
Mel Ferrer
John David Carson
Earl Boen
Betty Kean
Alice Nunn
Cathey Paine
Udana Power
Maggie Appel
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Daniel Pearl
Edited by Stanford C. Allen
Distributed by Film Ventures International
Release dates
  • November 15, 1978 (1978-11-15)
Running time
90 mins
Country United States
Language English

The Fifth Floor is a film about a woman while sane gets sent to an asylum. It starred Dianne Hull, Bo Hopkins and Mel Ferrer.[1][2]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Links 3
  • References 4


The film focuses on Kelly McIntyre, a disco dancer played by Dianne Hull[3][4] who through no fault of her own, accidentally overdoses on drugs and collapses at a disco.[5][6] She is misdiagnosed as suicidal and sent to a psychiatric ward[7] which is on the fifth floor of Cedar Springs Hospital.[8] There she finds herself alone with no help, not even from her boyfriend who refuses to get her out of there.[9] She becomes the subject of interest by an unbalanced orderly played by Bo Hopkins.[10]

Cathey Paine, who played the part of Leslie Van Houten in Helter Skelter, Robert Englund and Michael Berryman who are familiar to horror fans also play parts in the film.[11] Singer Pattie Brooks also makes an appearance in the film as a disco singer.[12][13]



  • The Fifth Floor at Cult Film Freaks
  • The Fifth Floor at Imdb


  1. ^ The Spokesman Review May 30, 1980 Page 13, Films, The Fifth Floor
  2. ^ Lawrence Journal World March 7, 1980 Page 10. Films, Lawrence
  3. ^ Aveleyman The Fifth Floor
  4. ^ Health Professionals on Screen By Ann Catherine Paietta, Jean L. Kauppila Page 114 540. The Fifth Floor
  5. ^ Rotten Tomatoes The Fifth Floor, Movie Info
  6. ^ Schmoovies Dianne Hull Movies
  7. ^ New York Magazine 2 Jun 1980 Movies Page 68
  8. ^ Evening Independent May 27, 1980 The Fifth Floor: Pure Exploitation by Jim Moorhead Enterrainment Writer
  9. ^ Tina Aumont's Eyes October 06, 2014 Girl Interrupted – Rediscovering ‘The Fifth Floor’
  10. ^ Blockbuster Video guide to movies and videos, 1996 Page 350
  11. ^ New York Times The Fifth Floor (1980) Review Summary
  12. ^ Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco By Alan Jones, Jussi Kantonen Pattie Brooks
  13. ^ French Film Site The Fifth Floor (1978)
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