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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 »
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 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(49 articles)
User Reviews:
If You Had A Choice See more (115 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Ford ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Tina Scala ... Young Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)

David Ely (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Edward Lewis .... producer
John Frankenheimer .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith (music)
 
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: for Miss Jens created by
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)
 
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 by
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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (1966) (cut) | USA:TV-14 | USA:R (1996 re-release) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #21048) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
Initially director John Frankenheimer was reluctant to cast Hudson, whom he felt was a lightweight actor in comparison to Laurence Olivier and Kirk Douglas, other actors he wanted for the lead part. It was only after Hudson's agent convinced him at a party that Hudson could do the role that he went ahead with Hudson. He has later gone on to praise Hudson's work in the film and felt he was impeccably cast.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The number on the note Hamilton is given is 34 Lafayette Street. However, the actual establishment he goes to is marked "125" on the door.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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Soundtrack:
Love Is Just around the CornerSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
If You Had A Choice, 19 June 2007
Author: thinker1691 from USA

During one's life, there comes a time when the wisdom accumulated during the early years does not serve to make a choice any easier in later life. There are not too many films which offer the viewer a choice to finish watching or not. When one is a youngster and watching a monster film, one can always run screaming from the theater if the scenes get frightening. That will be the reaction when you're watching this film. It starts easy enough when a middle-age man, John Randolph (Arthur Hamilton) decides to accept an offer to 'exchange' his given life, and trade it for a more youthful one. The transition is casual enough, but director John Frankenheimer, adroitly uses the Black and White images to lure not only the audience, but the subject into a false sense of security and tranquility. During the fantastic transformation from old John Randolph to youthful, handsome and attractive Antiochus 'Tony' Wilson, (Rock Hudson) he and the audience is gently beaconed and eased into the new, but alien life by a calm and compassionate guide, called the "Old Man. (Will Geer)" It's his job to ally the fears and reassure suspicions that 'everything is going to be alright.' The fact is the film is so tranquil, one hardly suspects the new life, unless the subject and the audience want to go home. John/Tony choose this option. The way back however is impossible, but only the audience is privy to it. The subject is removed from his 'second' life and given a quiet room, to collect his thoughts. It's here, the subject and the audience are once again joined by the Old Man, who will ease us not to the comfort of a New Life, but to make us aware that escape and the exit doors are twenty feet away. It's time to choose again, but you'd better hurry. The end is terrifying in it's finality. *****

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