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Seconds -- Desperate to escape his dreary, dead-end life, aging banker Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) succumbs to a mysterious organization's offer of a new identity and a fresh start. Surgically transformed into the handsome, young Tony Wilson (Hudson), he begins a jet-set existence among a shadowy community of similar "Reborns." But Tony's heady exhilaration spirals into heart-stopping terror as he discovers that his newly purchased life carries a terrifying price.

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Director:
Writers:
Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)
David Ely (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
14 November 1966 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Not for weak sisters! May not even be for strong stomachs! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Depressing as they get See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Frank Campanella ... Man in Station

John Randolph ... Arthur Hamilton
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

Murray Hamilton ... Charlie
Thom Conroy ... Dayroom Attendant

Jeff Corey ... Mr. Ruby

Will Geer ... Old Man

Richard Anderson ... Dr. Innes

Rock Hudson ... Antiochus Wilson
Khigh Dhiegh ... Davalo
John Lawrence ... Texan

Wesley Addy ... John

Salome Jens ... Nora Marcus
Nedrick Young ... Henry Bushman (as Ned Young)
Dodie Heath ... Sue Bushman (as Dody Heath)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Plump Blonde
Robert Brubaker ... Mayberry
Dorothy Morris ... Mrs. Filter
Kirk Duncan ... Mr. Filter

Karl Swenson ... Dr. Morris
William Wintersole ... Dr. in Operating Room (as William Richard Wintersole)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Allen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Carla Balenda ... Operating Room Nurse (uncredited)
Diane Bond ... Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Burt Brandon ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Maid (uncredited)
Irving Burns ... Man (uncredited)
Robert Cleaves ... Technician (uncredited)
Connie Ducharme ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ronald Dunas ... Real Estate Man (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Don Francis ... Therapist (uncredited)
John Francis ... Man in Day Room (uncredited)
David Garfield ... Commuter (uncredited)
Don Gazzaniga ... Man in Day Room (uncredited)
Ronald Green ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Marge Hesse ... Nurse (uncredited)
Paul Kent ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Don Lloyd ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Doctor (uncredited)
Otto Malde ... Man (uncredited)

Michael Masters ... Orderly (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
LeRoi Operti ... Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Judy Rockley ... Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Ida Romero ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Russell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jackie Russell ... Mother (uncredited)
Tina Scala ... Young Girl Dancing in the Wine Vat (uncredited)

Peg Shirley ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bill Smillie ... Commuter (uncredited)
Clay Tanner ... Father (uncredited)
Jane Wald ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)

David Ely (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Edward Lewis .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
John Frankenheimer .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Rock Hudson .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Newhouse (film editor)
Ferris Webster (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin (set decorations) (as John Austin)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairstyles creator: Miss Jens
Jack Petty .... makeup artist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lloyd Anderson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
Michael S. Glick .... assistant director (as Michael Glick)
 
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... property master
John Hunter .... paintings (on loan fron the Ryder Gallery)
 
Sound Department
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor
Joe Edmondson .... sound recordist
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist (as John H. Wilkinson)
 
Stunts
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Saxe .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip
Roy Clark .... camera operator
John M. Stephens .... camera operator (as John Stephens)
John A. Alonzo .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Martell .... costumer (as Jack Martel)
Peter V. Saldutti .... costumer (as Pete Saldutti)
 
Editorial Department
Stu Linder .... assistant film editor (as Stewart Linder)
 
Music Department
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach
John Franco .... script supervisor
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for some nudity (1996 re-release)
Runtime:
106 min | USA:107 min (re-release: 1996) | Australia:103 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (Blu-ray rating) (2015) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) (uncut) | UK:X (1966) (cut) | USA:TV-14 | USA:R (certificate #34870) (1996 re-release) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #21048) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Seconds" has gained a cult status in later years and is frequently revived. According to director John Frankenheimer it's "the only movie, really, that's ever gone from failure to classic without ever having been a success."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Early in the film, when the man with the note follows Arthur through the railway station, the shadow of the following camera can be seen clearly on the man's back.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Love Is Just around the CornerSee more »

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65 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Depressing as they get, 18 September 2002
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a middle-aged man. He has a nothing job and feels he has no purpose or direction in life. He can't even make love to his wife anymore. He is offered a new life by the Company--a secret organization. They will "kill" off Arthur and give him a new face, a new body and a new identity. He comes back as Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson). However, can he be happy in his new life?

Exceptional black and white cinematography by James Wong Howe; great direction by John Frankenheimer (all the extreme closeups and off kilter camera angles keep you uneasy); a perfect score by Jerry Goldsmith (the organ fits perfectly)...but this is almost unwatchable.

It's VERY depressing, very downbeat and (at times) way too slow (the beginning). It's easy to see why this was a box office bomb--it's way too depressing for the average viewer. The things I mentioned above help make the film bearable as does the acting.

Randolph is superb as Hamilton--you feel his pain and misery. Hudson, surprisingly, is pretty good. Sometimes he's not that good but there are certain sequences when he's exceptional--particularly at a wine party, a cocktail party (where he actually got drunk to play it realistically) and he explodes during the harrowing ending. The ending is one of the most horrific sequences I've ever seen. I felt like bolting from the theatre.

A one-of-kind horror thriller. I can't say I enjoyed this, but I'll never forget it. It has a big deserved cult following.

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