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on 8 October 2016
I does get a bit.. the tiniest bit cheesy. But as per story telling and direction I think it's a very gripping film.
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on 4 June 2017
Always difficult to write a review for a DVD because it's very subjective. My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed 'Frantic'.
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on 26 March 2017
Very good film never get bored of watching it very good story line.
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on 24 May 2017
Good
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on 24 September 2017
Great film
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on 18 July 2017
A timeless classic.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 20 March 2011
Harrison Ford has made something of a career of playing earnest, middle-aged professionals whose successful lives are turned over. Released five years before The Fugitive [1993], Frantic sees Ford in a similar role: a doctor attending a conference in Paris, whose wife is kidnapped. Ford himself does not come under personal suspicion here, and the action is a little slower, but you can see why the producers of the later film might have looked at this one and said "That's our Richard Kimble!" What it lacks in raw energy it makes up in director Roman Polanski's extremely well-observed footage of Paris, and it plays well on the frustration that Ford's character feels at being unable to speak French.

In a lot of ways, this film feels a lot like Charade [1963], although in this case the 'McGuffin' (to use Hitchcock's term for the object which everyone is chasing after, which is otherwise unimportant to the plot) is a trigger for a nuclear device. Because it has no value for anything but an illegal purpose, Ford is able to hurl it into the Seine at the end, in the face of his enemies, with the words "Is this what you wanted?"

This film feels very French, including Polanski's (right) decision not to subtitle the bits of French dialogue, despite being largely about Americans abroad, right down to the twist ending (which I won't give away), which let me with a suitably Gallic feeling of hopelessness.

If you like Harrison Ford, and if you like an adventure yarn which isn't just one series of chases and explosions, this is a good evening's viewing.
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on 6 September 2012
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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on 20 October 2009
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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on 8 June 2001
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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