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Frantic (1988)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  26 February 1988 (USA)
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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.


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A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears. His lack of language, and the odd way she disappeared makes it nearly impossible for him to find any official help in his search as he enters the punk/drug culture to find out what has happened to her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action. See more »


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Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda frenética  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$17,637,950 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Roman Polanski returned to the Parisian city thriller milieu with this movie around twelve years after his earlier Paris set thriller film The Tenant (1976). Some of the milieu and settings in the two pictures are similar. See more »


The level of beer in Walkers bottle in the scene in the bar with the drug dealer changes from nearly full to half between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits scroll over the streets of Paris. See more »


References Rio Bravo (1959) See more »


I Love Paris
Written by Cole Porter
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"Frantic" is a vibrant thriller of Polanski.
1 August 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The assistance to a conference in Paris gives you the doctor "Richard Walken" and his wife, relive their honeymoon. In the hotel room when Richard sale bath after a shower, discovers that his wife has disappeared. Now, in a city that unknown, without speaking not a word of French and agonizingly alone, "Walken" undertake the search. As the only track he has a number of phone pointed in a box of matches, and from there the fabric will be complicating becoming for the protagonist in a nightmare.

The pace of the film is very high and the hyphen meets its goal, which is a story that works and entertains. The film is supported by the thriller, mixing the style of Hitckcock with his own Polanski.

Harrison Ford makes an excellent interpretation in this movie, perhaps one of its best interpretations. Harrison Ford makes one of his best characters and credible in his role as doctor who launches to rescue his wife,

The film has a good number of memorable scenes : as the principle of the movie, the scene of the roof, and the unforgettable dance plays Emmanuelle Seigner. It has a beautiful photography; with those wet streets and very focused that are the stamp of Polanski. The music of Morricone is magnificent.

"Frantic" is a vibrant thriller from beginning to end where Polanski meets across one of the basic guidelines of the genre: create thriller from characters of the daily life,

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