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.


Roman Polanski





Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Richard Walker
Betty Buckley ... Sondra Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Michelle
Djiby Soumare Djiby Soumare ... Taxi Driver
Dominique Virton Dominique Virton ... Desk Clerk
Gérard Klein ... Gaillard
Stéphane D'Audeville Stéphane D'Audeville ... Bellboy
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Hall Porter
Alain Doutey ... Hall Porter
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le Grand Hotel Manager
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Bellboy 2
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Tourist
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Hotel Detective Le Grand Hotel
Ella Jaroszewicz Ella Jaroszewicz ... Restroom Attendant
Joëlle Lagneau Joëlle Lagneau ... Florist


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 <>

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


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Did You Know?


Sondra Walker's passport has her photograph with a huge, ear-to-ear smile. Passports traditionally didn't use photos of people smiling. In 1991 (after this film), the U.S. government allowed people to smile, but they couldn't show their teeth. Maybe Polanski did this as a joke - or to see if anyone would notice it. See more »


When the hotel manager grabs a telephone book to call the concierge at his gym, the phone book clearly has a break in the spine at exactly the page he needs, so that it flops open effortlessly. 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

Opening credits roll up. See more »


Referenced in Vice Academy (1989) See more »


Jah Rastafari
Performed by Culture
Written by Joseph Hill
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Espionage thriller set in Paris with nice performance by Harrison Ford
18 November 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨Frantic" is a vibrant and exciting thriller of Polish director Roman Polanski . The story deals with the assistance to a conference in Paris of doctor "Richard Walken" (Harrison Ford) and his wife (Betty Buckley), and reliving their honeymoon. In the hotel room when Richard goes out the bathroom after a shower , he discovers his spouse has disappeared on the first day of their journey . Now , at an unknown metropolis , without speaking a word of French language and agonizingly alone , "Walken" undertakes the search throughout wet streets and under rainy sky . As the only track he has results to be a number of telephone written on a matchbox, and from there the issue will be complicate , becoming for the American doctor in a nightmare . He's only helped by the US Embassy assistant (John Mahoney) and a strange French young Emmanuelle Seigner (Polanski's wife).

The pace of the film is well made and carefully controlled ; as the plot finds its aim , for that reason is a story that entertains and works . The picture is packed with thrills, intrigue, tension , suspense and blending the Hitchcock style with the Polanski's particular narrative . Harrison Ford gives a magnificent interpretation in this picture , perhaps one of his best acting . Harrison Ford makes one of his best roles and believable in his character as doctor drawn into espionage and who launches to rescue his lovely wife , though never really cuts loose . The film has a large number of memorable scenes that are the Polanski's stamp : as the start of the movie, the thrilling scenes on the roof , and the unforgettable dancing that Ford dances Emmanuelle Seigner , among others . In addition , there appears ample support cast as American as French actors in very secondary intervention as David Huddleston , Alexandra Stewart , Yorgo Voyagis ,Gerard Klein , Dominigue Pinon , among them . It has an acceptable photography by Sobozinsky , though is urgent a remastering. Rare and sad musical score by the maestro Ennio Morricone .

"Frantic" is a moving thriller from the beginning to the final in which Polanski carries out one of the basic guidelines of the genre : as he creates thriller from roles of the daily life and well written by the same Polanski and his usual screenwriter Gerard Brach . Furthermore , Polanski maintains its grip thanks to Harrison Ford 's outstanding and credible acting . Rating : 6, passable and well worth watching .

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Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,424, 28 February 1988

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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