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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Campanella ...
Man in Station
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Frances Reid ...
Emily Hamilton
Barbara Werle ...
Secretary
Edgar Stehli ...
Tailor Shop Presser
Aaron Magidow ...
Meat Man
De De Young ...
Nurse
Françoise Ruggieri ...
Girl in Boudoir
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Charlie
Thom Conroy ...
Dayroom Attendant
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Mr. Ruby
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Old Man
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Khigh Dhiegh ...
Davalo
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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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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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14 November 1966 (Brazil)  »

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Der Mann, der zweimal lebte  »

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Trivia

According to John Frankenheimer, it was Hudson's idea to have two different actors play the Arthur Hamilton/Tony Wilson role, instead of having just one actor play both parts with makeup changes like originally envisioned. Hudson felt that he would be unconvincing as Arthur Hamilton and said he would only do the movie in the Tony Wilson role. Frankenheimer agreed and felt the film was much stronger as a result of the change. See more »

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When Tony Wilson first sees his new home, a shadow of the camera/other equipment is visible on the wall as it pans to follow him leaving the studio. See more »

Quotes

[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: Kiss That Girl Goodbye (1969) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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A downer to watch, but upon reflection, very rewarding...
28 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is so chilling & depressing to sit thru, because, from the first frame to the last, it is totally devoid of any life and human spirit. Anderson is, from the beginning, a walking dead man with no values, no real love, no meaning to his life, and he takes that with him into his "rebirth." Only this is no spiritual rebirth. All poor Anderson can do now is party and get drunk in order to escape from this new reality, which is even more soulless than his original one. Character is destiny. That's why the "company" has so many failures. Even the Old Man can't see this. He thinks the failures are due to "mistakes."

It often gets categorized as a thriller, but to me it's a tragedy and a very profound one at that. It's about the tragic results of life lived without meaning, without real values, without love, without spirit.

Like all real tragedy, SECONDS is cathartic. I had to go for a long walk after I saw this one. Its depiction of spiritual emptiness, though depressing to sit through, is ultimately rewarding.


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