Seconds (1966)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  14 November 1966 (Brazil)
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An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Marcus
Old Man
Mr. Ruby
Dr. Morris
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Frances Reid ...
Emily Hamilton
John Lawrence ...
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Plump Blonde
Dodie Heath ...
Sue Bushman (as Dody Heath)
Robert Brubaker ...


Middle-aged banker Arthur Hamilton is given the opportunity to start a completely new life when he receives calls from his old friend Charlie. The only problem is that Charlie is supposed to be dead. Hamilton is eventually introduced to a firm that will fake his death and create an entirely new look and life for him. After undergoing physical reconstruction surgery and months of training and psychotherapy, Hamilton returns to the world in the form of artist Tony Wilson. He has a nice house in Malibu and a manservant, a company employee who is there to assist him with his adjustment. He finds that the life he had hoped for isn't quite what he expected and asks the company to go through the process with surprising results. Written by garykmcd

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Not for weak sisters! May not even be for strong stomachs! See more »

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1966 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der zweimal lebte  »

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Did You Know?


This was John Randolph's first film for fifteen years (since an uncredited one-day bit part in "Fourteen Hours"). He had been blacklisted for his radical sympathies in the early '50s, and his wife Sara Cunningham later said that he had been on the blacklist longer than any other actor. Two other actors in prominent roles, Jeff Corey and Nedrick Young, were also long blacklisted. See more »


In the grape crushing scene, Nora spills wine on the back of Tony's shirt. The next time we see Tony's back, the wine is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Man in Station: Mr. Hamilton?
Arthur Hamilton: Yes?
[Man in train station hands Hamilton a folded sheet of paper and turns to walk away; Hamilton stares after him, then opens the folded paper to find an address, with no explanation]
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Referenced in That Girl: Tenpercent of Nothing Is Nothing (1970) See more »


That Old Black Magic
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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One of the greatest thrillers ever made, and one of the most overlooked American movies of the 1960s.
27 March 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

You could make a strong case for the late John Frankenheimer being the most unappreciated American film director of all time simply by mentioning his two astonishing 1960s movies 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'Seconds'. Frankenheimer made many others movies both good and not so good, but these two are amazing pieces of work and rarely get the praise they deserve. 'Seconds' is one of the greatest thrillers ever made. Intelligent, complex, and extremely depressing. It doesn't talk down to its audience and perhaps this is the reason why it was a box office flop and is still all but ignored today. Rock Hudson isn't an actor with much credibility to most film fans but he is brilliant in this film in easily his most powerful and believable performance ever. The rest of the supporting cast are excellent, especially the underrated character actors John Randolph ('Serpico'), Will Geer (TV's 'The Waltons') and Jeff Corey ('Mickey One'). 'Seconds' is a minor masterpiece. A very disturbing story with an unforgettable climax. Highly recommended!

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