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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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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Búsqueda frenética  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,637,950 (USA)
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The film has often been likened to the work of British thriller auteur Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

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When Walker is on the roof of the apartment building and the suitcase strap breaks dumping its contents, the Statue of Liberty clearly tumbles over the overhang. In the next shot it is on the overhang on the other side. See more »

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[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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References Rio Bravo (1959) See more »

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Something Tells Me
Performed by Tiger Moon
Written by Ish Ledesma
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./23 West Entertainment
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Amazingly Unfrantic
4 July 2006 | by (Trinidad not Tobago) – See all my reviews

Frantic, a film by Roman Polanski is largely unnoticed. He is credited for pictures such as Chinatown and The Pianist, but certainly his best action-adventure flick is this one.

The film stars Harrison Ford, who plays a idiotic doctor who cannot figure out his way through Paris, where he has lost his wife to a conspiracy. The film is entirely shot in France, and the scenery, use of backgrounds is phenomenal. Polanski has a way with the camera that mimics Hitchcock in some sense, but it is entirely his own style.

The film is wrought with the oddest of humor, almost slapstick at times, but at its core it is a solid action film surrounding a kidnapping, terrorist threats and formulaic Hollywood-esquire twists. It rises above the normal thriller that is plagued with senseless violence, characters we could care less about, and bald-faced innuendo. Frantic is the kind of movie that shouldn't be missed.

An interesting thing about Frantic is that it combines European and American sensibilities and humor all at once – this is certainly not an easy task, but Polanski pulls it off very effectively.

RATING: 9/10

Man on Phone: What number are you calling from? Richard Walker: How should I know? I... I'm in a café, the Paris Midi. Man on Phone: How do you spell that? Richard Walker: How do you... with an "S" for shithead!


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