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Frantic 1988

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4.3 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 6.9/10

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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Genres Drama
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley
Supporting actors Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare, Dominique Virton, Gérard Klein, Stéphane D'Audeville, Laurent Spielvogel, Alain Doutey, Jacques Ciron, Roch Leibovici, Louise Vincent, Patrice Melennec, Ella Jaroszewicz, Joëlle Lagneau, Jean-Pierre Delage, Marc Dudicourt, Artus de Penguern, Dominique Pinon, Richard Dieux
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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Surely if any film deserves the blu-ray clean up, it's this fantastic, and haunting Polanski film from 1988.
One of Harrison Ford's very best roles, he pitches it perfectly in all his scenes, however Emmanuele Seigner
(Polanski's wife of the time) produces a truly masterful display, and the two sparkle with chemistry on
the screen. It remains one of my favourite ever films
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drama of the highest quality,from start to finish frantic keeps the viewer enthralled,twisting and turning until the tragic ending.ford delights as the frustrated husband searching for his lost wife in a foreign city,finally finding hope in michelle,before being reunited with his spouse.three things make this film,paris,michelle and finally ford frustrated beyond belief at each turn of the way.he as always comes across as mr.dependable but also shows his vunerable side no more so than the scene in the night club.
all i can say is see this film,top class acting,top class drama.
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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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Emmanuelle Seigner (born June 22, 1966) is a César Award nominated French actress and former fashion model, best known as the wife of Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski, and for her roles in La Vie En Rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Frantic.

She married Polanski in 1989 which was one year after Frantic was released
and they have two children and they live in Paris.

Its one of the best Polanski Films and anyone who knows Paris will feel at Home.

Frantic does not really get going until he meets Emmanuelle Seigner and from that moment she steals the whole Film.
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By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2013
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I really don't feel this is Polanski on top of his game. When he is on form he is right up there with the best. Whilst this does open well for the first 45 mins or so I felt it went downhill thereafter, with plot developments that tended to beggar belief. Ford is good (if you like Ford), but I couldn't take to Seignier, which was disapointing as her role is crucial. All in all I enjoyed it more than not, but I was nonetheless disapointed, but that could (and is) me! The print is very good Ratio 1.85.1 (don't know what version one irate viewer was watching, it certainly wasn't this DVD (not BR) from Warner.) Recomended with above personal reservations.
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An enjoyable thriller which again gave Harrison Ford the chance to shine, to throw off the shackles of Indy and Solo. A simple mix-up of suitcases at an airport plunges Dr Walker (Ford) and his wife (Buckley) into a web of intrigue. His wife missing, Walker begins a search for her through the streets of Paris. Evidence points to he being kidnapped - but by whom and why. With the local police and the US embassy offering little immediate help he must find his own way around. Circumstances bring him into contact with a young woman, the owner of the other suitcase.
A good film, not too taxing but highly enjoyable.
The DVD transfer is quite good, with no noticeable artefacting. The picture is grainy most of the time but this is not intrusive. There are no features on this DVD, its only plus being the first widescreen release of the film.
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