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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 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Abre los ojos,thirty years ago. See more (125 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
John Frankenheimer .... 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:
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 (1996 re-release) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #21048) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
Although this film is nowadays viewed as a cult classic, European critics at the Cannes Film Festival were so hostile to the film that director John Frankenheimer refused to leave nearby Monte Carlo, where he was shooting Grand Prix (1966), for the press conference. Rock Hudson was sent instead and was unable to answer the critical questions during the hostile session.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Abre los ojos,thirty years ago., 17 April 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

Some movies which failed when they were released became sleepers ,and in the case of "seconds" quite rightly so.It predates "Abre los ojos" (and thus "Vanilla Sky" so to speak) by 30 years !"Carnival of souls" did the same for "Jacob's ladder" and "the sixth sense".Those two works did more:they invented what we call the "indie cinema" and David Lynch's first -and best- two works owe them a great deal.

By far Rock Hudson's best performance -with the eventual exception of ,in a diametrically opposite style, "all that Heaven allows"-,"seconds" is what we can call a movie ahead of its time.The weakness some users are complaining of -the lack of psychological depth - is intentional;and if some sequences may seem long,this length inspires their vital nightmarish side -the drunken revel ,the bacchanalian dance are so unexpected that they pack a real wallop.The camera uses disturbing angles and Frankenheimer does not need a ton of special effects to exude pure primal fear.

This movie ,"the Mandchurian candidate" and "Birdman of Alcatraz are enough to make Frankenheimer go down in History of seventh art.

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