Frantic

Frantic

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Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley

     
 

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Following the disastrous Pirates (1986), director Roman Polanski got back on creative track with this finely-wrought thriller that, while failing to impress at the box office, was nevertheless his most critically well-received film of the decade. Harrison Ford stars as Richard Walker, an American doctor who has come to Paris, where he's scheduled to deliver aSee more details below

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Following the disastrous Pirates (1986), director Roman Polanski got back on creative track with this finely-wrought thriller that, while failing to impress at the box office, was nevertheless his most critically well-received film of the decade. Harrison Ford stars as Richard Walker, an American doctor who has come to Paris, where he's scheduled to deliver a paper to a medical conference. Richard has brought along his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley), because Paris was the site of their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Sondra picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, which leads to her kidnapping and an ever-more complicated quest that takes Richard into the seedy and dangerous underworld of European drug smuggling and terrorist arms sales. Along the way, he is rebuffed by skeptical officials at the American Embassy and meets Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner), a sexy courier who agrees to help him in exchange for the money she's owed for trafficking in narcotics. Playing cleverly on American fears about Europe's Byzantine politics and "decadent" society, Frantic received, from many observers, perhaps the greatest compliment possible for a thriller, comparison to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

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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:
04/27/1994
UPC:
0085391178736
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

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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