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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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Even though "The Manchurian Candidate" has it beat for entertainment value, "Seconds" is overall a superior film See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Antiochus Wilson

Salome Jens ... Nora Marcus

John Randolph ... Arthur Hamilton

Will Geer ... Old Man

Jeff Corey ... Mr. Ruby

Richard Anderson ... Dr. Innes

Murray Hamilton ... Charlie

Karl Swenson ... Dr. Morris
Khigh Dhiegh ... Davalo
Frances Reid ... Emily Hamilton

Wesley Addy ... John
John Lawrence ... Texan
Elisabeth Fraser ... Plump Blonde
Dodie Heath ... Sue Bushman (as Dody Heath)
Robert Brubaker ... Mayberry
Dorothy Morris ... Mrs. Filter
Barbara Werle ... Secretary
Frank Campanella ... Man in Station
Edgar Stehli ... Tailor Shop Presser
Aaron Magidow ... Meat Man
De De Young ... Nurse
Françoise Ruggieri ... Girl in Boudoir
Thom Conroy ... Dayroom Attendant
Nedrick Young ... Henry Bushman (as Ned Young)
Kirk Duncan ... Mr. Filter
William Wintersole ... Doctor in Operating Room
Tina Scala ... Young Girl
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)

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 (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)
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 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Originally Kirk Douglas was supposed to play the lead role, but director John Frankenheimer didn't think that Kirk's well-known features could be adequately hidden. The director envisioned Laurence Olivier in the role before finally choosing Rock Hudson.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Cameraman briefly visible during the grape stomping scene.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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Love Is Just around the CornerSee more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Even though "The Manchurian Candidate" has it beat for entertainment value, "Seconds" is overall a superior film, 16 December 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Seconds" is the other masterpiece of Frankenheimer from the 60s, the other being "The Manchurian Candidate". It manages to be even more underrated than that classic. The film was far to grim and depressing to find an audience when released, and its still unjustly ignored. This is a shame, because its one of the most stunningly original and uncompromising films to come out of Hollywood. Even though "The Manchurian Candidate" has it beat for entertainment value, "Seconds" is overall a superior film. The protagonist is fascinating and sympathetic. One of the most impressive aspects is how his personality and emotions manage to remain consistent despite being played by two different actors (John Randolph and Rock Hudson). Hudson is an actor who is considered by some to be simply a matinée idol, but occasionally he managed to turn in a good performance. This is easily his best work.

One of the most effective aspects of the film is that its science fiction that is both intelligent and not implausible. Its a shame that in the post "Star Wars" era, mature science fiction films are a rarity. It also works as a paranoia thriller but without the dark humor and satire of "The Manchurian Candidate". The only real flaw I felt was the hippie orgy scene in the middle. It stops the film dead in its track and I get the feeling its inclusion was simply to make the film more relevant. Its the only dated aspect. Outside of that blunder, this film is a masterpiece. The terrific supporting cast of character actors includes familiar faces such as Khigh Dhiegh ("The Manchurian Candidate"), Wesley Addy ("Kiss Me Deadly"), and Murray Hamilton ("Jaws"). (8/10)

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