Frantic 1988

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An American heart surgeon, with his wife in Paris, is thrown into an adventure when his wife vanishes.As he searches,he teams up with a Parisian woman who may hold the key to the mystery.

Starring:
Harrison Ford,Betty Buckley
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley
Supporting actors John Mahoney, Jimmy Ray Weeks, Yorgo Voyagis, David Huddleston, Emmanuelle Seigner
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
Format: DVD
I've seen several reviews for this film over the years, most feeling Frantic is average and carried by Harrison Ford's usual strong character performance. The film itself is better than simply relying on Ford. The Parisian atmosphere and loneliness of an American struggling against stubborn authorities (not just French) to find his kidnapped wife. His only help is a temptuous French girl involved in illegal trafficing and Ford's character's own battle falling for the girl but facing upto his love for his wife forms a subtle backdrop. I've always liked this film, and it makes for a good evenings viewing which draws you in scene by scene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Noel T Simpson on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This movie came about between the 2nd and 3rd Indy movies and it was a golden period for Harrison Ford's career in terms of diversity. Frantic isn't exactly a great, tense thriller but Polanski's slow burn approach and focus purely on Ford has the effect of immersing you into the film. We get lost in the Parisienne atmosphere along with our leading man and Ennio Morricone's music. Contrary to the kidnapping plot, there's a real sly black humor to the proceedings. Its as if Polanski has gleefully surrounded our star with people intent on provoking him. Watching Ford's mounting frustration with the US Embassy, French police and doors that won't open is a joy. Then Emanuelle Seigner's ditzy smuggler turns up to really wind him up! And John Mahony's brief but inane performance in the cafe towards the end always crack me up. Prior to that scene, Mahony's telephone manner is responsible for one of the greatest Harrison Ford moments ever. It would be wrong of me to tout this as an out and out comedy but there is a subtlety at work. (Watch out for the 2 pigeons shagging on the rooftop.)And as the unlikely two leads grow affectionate towards each other we become fond of them right up to the sombre conclusion. I've always liked films which have a certain wandering quality, not an easy thing to do, and whilst Frantic doesn't succeed as a great thriller it excels as a wonderfully atmospheric movie to get lost in. It's probably my favorite Harrison Ford film and definitely one of my favorite movies of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Smyth on 6 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
On a trip to Pairs for a medical convention, Dr. Richard Walker becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation. Taken at face value, the plot and situation, for an A-List Star, Hollywood movie, are somewhat underwhelmingly utilitarian. Then again, life's sort of like that :-) However, upon reflection, the film's primary objective would appear to be about how Dr. Richard Walker comes to better appreciate what he has in life and in his marriage, via his acquaintance of Michelle who provides an element of temptation and symbolises his kidnapped wife Sondra, from twenty-years earlier, when they romantically honeymooned in Pairs. Thus the ending in which the paths of the two similarly dressed ladies (Michelle and Sondra) in the red dresses, etc., literally overlap, and Michelle is killed, as if putting the ghost of a memory to rest.

To add to the potential for unsettlement/tension, in those who are not paying scrupulous attention, there is a trick variation on this at the beginning of the movie, when the taxi pulls up to the hotel: As a a hint of foreshadowing, a lady pedestrian in a long skirt walks by, and then, because of how the lady taxi driver is dressed, it seems that Sondra gets out of the driver's side door and not the rear passenger door.

To the extent that Frantic has failings, it seems to me that Frantic does not convincingly bridge the expectations of popular American and European expectations. Nevertheless, it is a good movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Hamilton on 20 Oct. 2009
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A convention in Paris, a wife gone missing, an incompetent officialdom, a girl in a tight red dress, Israelis and Arabs competing for a hi-tech trophy... out of this mix Roman Polanski fashions a top-notch suspense-drama. The film's attention to detail and pacing are marks of the very best movie story-telling. Harrison Ford is as good as he gets (which is pretty good) but he is outshone by Emannuelle Seigneur and a fabulous supporting cast. I have seen this a few times now, and it does not fade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD
A Doctor and his wife visit Paris on a business trip. She gets kidnapped. He tries to find her - but he doesn't speak much French.

There! Nice simple synopsis. Of course what happens after that is the important thing - what does happen after that? I must have seen this film 3 or 4 times and each time when the actual `plot' turns up I think `Oh yeah, that's what it's all about!'. You see it doesn't matter - `Frantic' is not a `why' film, it's a `how' film or even a `what' film, as in `What the ---- is going on?' It's not a thriller - it's a comedy. It's Polanski having a laugh at the expense of Yanks abroad and Arabs abroad and basically anyone who's not from Paris trying to get things done in Paris.

Aside maybe from `The Mosquito Coast', it's my favourite Harrison Ford performance. I'm not, I must confess, his biggest fan, but his look of angry bafflement as he receives no help from U.S. Embassy officials or French police is a joy. The scene where he slips and slides around on the sloping roof also shows a real gift for physical comedy. Emmanuelle Seigner is also perfect as the French girl who `helps' him. I think she's Polanski's embodiement of Paris; irritating, pretentious, shallow, but also beautiful, charming and sexy. She's got it all.

There are some terrific scenes; Ford's adventures on the roof as mentioned above, him trying to `buy' drugs in the nightclub, and, best of all, Ford and Seigner `dancing' in the second nightclub towards the end - a wonderfully funny scene.

There's no getting away from it - the ending jars and, to me, stops it from being a `great' film, but it's still hugely enjoyable and never fails to raise a smile.
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