Frantic

Frantic

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Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley

     
 

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A fun Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) thriller starring Harrison Ford, Frantic was clearly one of the first DVDs that Warner Brothers ever put on the market. The film not only has no extras, but it's not even widescreen. The full-screen standard transfer looks like the same one used when creating the VHS, with slightly sharperSee more details below

Overview

A fun Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) thriller starring Harrison Ford, Frantic was clearly one of the first DVDs that Warner Brothers ever put on the market. The film not only has no extras, but it's not even widescreen. The full-screen standard transfer looks like the same one used when creating the VHS, with slightly sharper resolution thanks to the DVD technology. The sound in Dolby Surround isn't digital and is only available in English. There are no theatrical trailers, production notes, bios, or interactive screens. Warner Brothers' interest in releasing this disc must have been purely experimental -- testing out the new DVD format with some of its less popular titles.

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All Movie Guide
A product of his exile years in Paris, Roman Polanski's kidnap thriller rests squarely between the qualitative pillars of his classics (Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown) and the abysmal Pirates. Adopting a slow-hand style reminiscent of Hitchcock, Polanski keeps the action riveting and the suspense tight. Harrison Ford gives a strong performance as the nerve-wracked man at the end of his tether, but apart from a few pernicious Parisians, the supporting cast is missing in action. Polanski's eccentric eye and fastidious attention to detail heighten the surreal nature of what is happening to Ford's character. While the look and feel of the film are unparalleled in '80s suspense cinema, Polanski's wandering and incohesive story line detracts from its caliber. While comparisons to Hitchcock may be a bit far-flung for this film, Polanski's homage to the king of suspense is uncanny. The film's disoriented point of view reflects Polanski's feelings of alienation from America and Hollywood, although being out of touch with Hollywood may have also afforded this film its teetering credibility.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
UPC:
0085391178729
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
11,826

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Dr. Richard Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner Michelle
Betty Buckley Sondra Walker
John Mahoney Williams
Jimmie Ray Weeks Shaap
David Huddleston Peter
Yorgo Voyagis The Kidnaper
Gerard Klein Gaillard
Jacques Ciron Hotel Manager
Dominique Pinon Wino
Thomas M. Pollard Rastafarian
Alexandra Stewart Edie
Fonky French Family Houseboat Band
Robert Ground U.S. Security Officer
Jean-Claude Houbard Dead Driver
David Jalil Bodyguard
Alan Ladd Bellboy
Michael Morris U.S. Embassy Clerk
Djiby Soumare Taxi Driver
Laurent Spielvogel Hall Porter
Dominique Virton Desk Clerk
Stephane D'Audeville Bellboy
Alain Doutey Hall Porter
Roch Leibovici Bellboy
Louise Vincent Tourist
Patrice Melennec Hotel Detective
Ella Jaroszewicz Restroom Attendant
Joelle Lagneau Florist
Jean-Pierre Delage Florist
Marc Dudicourt Cafe Owner
Artus de Penguern Waiter
Richard Dieux Desk Cop
Yves Renier Inspector
Bruce Johnson Marine Guard
Claude Doineau U.S. Embassy Clerk
Andre Quiqui "Blue Parrot" Barman
Boll Boyer Dede Martin
Tina Sportolaro TWA Clerk
Robert Barr Irwin
Patrick Floersheim Man in Leather
Marcel Bluwal Man in Tweed
Isabelle Noah Houseboat Owner
Raouf Ben Amor Dr. Metlaoui

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Screenwriter
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Daniel Breton Stunts
Margot Capelier Casting
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
Natalie Delon Songwriter
William Engvick Songwriter
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Tim Hampton Co-producer
Mick Hucknall Songwriter
Joseph Hull Songwriter
Remy Julienne Stunts
Didier Lavergne Makeup
Ish Ledesma Songwriter
Wendy Leech Stunts
Marcus Miller Songwriter
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Thom Mount Co-producer
Sam O'Steen Editor
John Phillips Songwriter
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Reynolds Songwriter
Jean-Pierre Ruh Sound/Sound Designer
Witold Sobocinski Cinematographer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Dennis Wilkey Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits. [1:46]
2. Know where you are? [2:13]
3. Appointment unkept. [4:12]
4. The wrong suitcase. [4:04]
5. Missing. [4:47]
6. Not in the hotel. [5:04]
7. A witness and a clue. [3:35]
8. Special treatment. [3:20]
9. Questioning the consierge. [2:39]
10. The American embassy. [4:05]
11. The right suitcase. [4:54]
12. The blue parrot. [6:21]
13. A dead man. [4:45]
14. Dede's messages. [3:09]
15. Mystery woman. [3:32]
16. Michelle's apartment. [5:18]
17. The airport. [6:16]
18. No complaint. [6:06]
19. Suitcase search. [1:26]
20. Phoning home. [1:13]
21. Via the rooftop. [3:56]
22. Pair of thugs. [3:19]
23. The phone call. [3:58]
24. Retrieving the goods. [1:03]
25. Garage mayhem. [3:03]
26. Across Paris; spell this. [3:20]
27. Whose gizmo it it? [4:13]
28. A touch of class. [5:17]
29. Lady Liberty's shadow. [3:31]
30. Line of fire. [3:50]
31. "This is what you want?." [1:21]
32. End credits. [3:53]

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