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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:
Seconds : a realistic tale of suffocating paranoia See more (130 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 | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) (uncut) | UK:X (original rating) (1966) (cut) | USA:TV-14 | USA:R (certificate #34870) (1996 re-release) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #21048) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Self/less (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
That Old Black MagicSee more »

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84 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Seconds : a realistic tale of suffocating paranoia, 11 April 1999
Author: Thomas Rucki (filigrane@hotmail.com) from Paris, France

"Seconds" is a fascinating and engrossing realistic fantasy tale that deals with the question of the identity and above all, the exploration of madness symbolized by the search of material happiness and the search of eternal youth which leads to the most claustrophobic fate. "Please be yourself !" can be the warning of this film. The innovative and the post-expressionist cinematography of James Wong Howe (the use of the 9.7 mm fish-eye lens, extreme chiaroscuro, tilted low angle shots, hand-held camera shots) combined with the stylish graphic work of Saul Bass and a cold, taut and harsh music of Jerry Goldsmith makes it like a Faustian tragedy with a Kafkaesque approach. The whole film is about distortion. The twisted vision of the main character trapped in his own nightmarish world, full of "re-borns" and "employees". But the real nightmare is the dreary routine of his existence. For instance, the scene of the train when Arthur Hamilton is reading his newspaper and feels suddenly sick with his life. We see very short shots of the train window and his sad face. The more oppressive scenes are silent just extreme close-ups of faces. Perhaps, the best film directed by John Frankenheimer and the best paranoiac film ever created. "Classic" is a weak word to define this masterpiece of modern terror. "Seconds" is the last film of the John Frankenheimer's paranoiac trilogy, without forgetting : "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seven days in may".

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