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Seconds (1966)

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.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), David Ely (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Man in Station
John Randolph ... Arthur Hamilton
Frances Reid ... Emily Hamilton
Barbara Werle ... Secretary
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Tailor Shop Presser
Aaron Magidow Aaron Magidow ... Meat Man
Dee Dee Young Dee Dee Young ... Nurse (as De De Young)
Françoise Ruggieri Françoise Ruggieri ... Girl in Boudoir
Murray Hamilton ... Charlie
Thom Conroy Thom Conroy ... Dayroom Attendant
Jeff Corey ... Mr. Ruby
Will Geer ... Old Man
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Innes
Rock Hudson ... Antiochus Wilson
Khigh Dhiegh Khigh Dhiegh ... Davalo
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Storyline

Middle-aged banker Arthur Hamilton is given the opportunity to start a completely new life when he receives calls from his old friend Charlie. The only problem is that Charlie is supposed to be dead. Hamilton is eventually introduced to a firm that will fake his death and create an entirely new look and life for him. After undergoing physical reconstruction surgery and months of training and psychotherapy, Hamilton returns to the world in the form of artist Tony Wilson. He has a nice house in Malibu and a manservant, a company employee who is there to assist him with his adjustment. He finds that the life he had hoped for isn't quite what he expected and asks the company to go through the process with surprising results. Written by garykmcd

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Who are SECONDS? The answer is almost too terrifying for words. From the bold, bizarre best-seller. The story of a man who buys for himself a totally new life. A man who lives the age-old dream -- If only I could live my life all over again. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1966 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der zweimal lebte See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release: 1996)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Seconds" has gained a cult status in later years and is frequently revived. According to director John Frankenheimer it's "the only movie, really, that's ever gone from failure to classic without ever having been a success." See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the boom can be seen in the upper right hand corner of the screen just before The Old Man gets up from the couch to move toward John Randolph. 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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Alternate Versions

The re-released version in 1996 (originally debuting on laserdisc) restores various shots of nudity to the "orgy" sequence involving crushing wine grapes. This was how John Frankenheimer originally shot the scene but the MPAA refused to allow the nudity to pass so the theatrical release was re-edited to remove all nude shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is Just around the Corner
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played at the party
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Word Of Mouth Into A New Life
19 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Seconds life's become pretty boring for John Randolph, no interest in the little woman any more, a dead end job, all the money in the world, but no interest in spending it anywhere.

So when he gets a call from an old friend who he's heard has died, the possibilities are intriguing. Start over with a newly reconstructed body and a little more spring in your step so to speak.

As you can gather this is a service that only the people that Robin Leach talks about can afford. It's kind of hush/hush and news of it is passed on by word of mouth. We just don't want any slug out there being able to have something like this. Imagine going in for some heavy duty surgery going in John Randolph and coming out Rock Hudson?

Of course not everyone quite takes to the new life, but The Company that provides this new life and identity has their ways of dealing with unsatisfied customers.

John Randolph/Rock Hudson plays the man seduced by the promise of eternal youth and health and pleasure. It's one of Rock Hudson's most highly rated performances and deservedly so.

Production wise, Seconds does resemble a rather long episode of the Twilight Zone, but that's not a derogatory comment. The Company provides some people to help newbies transition. Two of the best performances are Wesley Addy as a rather creepy factotum assigned to Hudson and Salome Jens as a woman who evinces interest in the new man that is Hudson.

Seconds is not a feel good movie, but it's a great horror story told without any of the usual monsters, blood, and gore associated with the genre. If you see Seconds, it will raise some disturbing questions.


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