Frantic

Frantic

Roman Polanski (1988)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Roman Polanski makes this account of doctor Harrison Ford looking for his missing wife in an antagonistic Paris deeply disturbing. When Ford's wife Betty Buckley - accompanying him to a medical conference - disappears from their hotel suite, reality becomes nightmare and solid citizen Ford disintegrates, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to find her. Emmanuelle Seigner, as a punkish free spirit, is a major flaw, but as a whole the movie - a variation on the Dirk Bogarde 1950 film So Long at the Fair - is a bad dream of surreal, often funny, conviction. It's a Hitchcockian idea, but Polanski embellishes it with his own baleful theme about the uneasy nature of human existence, which is given added tension by Ennio Morricone's dramatic score.

Summary

An American doctor discovers his wife has inexplicably vanished from their Paris hotel. The embassy and the police are unable to help, so he resorts to desperate measures to find her, but as his search leads him to the seedy backstreets and drug dens of the city, he is drawn deep into the French underworld. Roman Polanski's thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley, John Mahoney, Jimmie Ray Weeks and Yorgo Voyagis.

Cast & Crew

Dr Richard Walker Harrison Ford
Michelle Emmanuelle Seigner
Sondra Walker Betty Buckley
Williams John Mahoney
Shaap Jimmie Ray Weeks
Kidnapper Yorgo Voyagis
Peter David Huddleston
Gaillard Gerard Klein
Hotel manager Jacques Ciron
Director Roman Polanski
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: S F Films Dist LtdGuidance: May be edited for violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama