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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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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda frenética See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,424, 26 February 1988

Gross USA:

$17,637,950
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roman Polanski: the taxi driver who hands over the matches to Dr. Walker. Also, his is the dubbed voice of the man in the tweed jacket who interrogates Michelle in her apartment. See more »

Goofs

In the airport scene with Michelle, Walker is terrified that the drug-sniffing dogs will find dope in their suitcase. Michelle assures Walker that there are no drugs, and the dogs walk by calmly. Walker seems to have forgotten that he's carrying at least a gram of cocaine in his pocket, which the police dogs don't notice either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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The opening and closing credits scroll over the streets of Paris. 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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Roman "Hitchcock" Polanski
13 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"Frantic" is the most Hitchcock-influenced movie of Roman Polanski. The director has touched almost every cinematic genre, although always with a special taste for mysteries and disturbing elements. That's his trademark.

"Frantic" is a more conventional movie in Polanski filmography, but it's very well done and the sensation of something disquieting –typical of his films- is always there. An American doctor (Harrison Ford) goes to Paris for a medical congress with his wife. In their hotel the woman disappears without explanations and Harrison Ford begins a nightmarish research throughout the city…

The film reminds us of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "North by Northwest" (1959) –in that movie a misunderstanding is the motor of the story, here it's something similar but more enigmatic, because we don't know who kidnapped doctor's wife.

This is the first cinematic collaboration between the Polish-French director and his future wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner –she's the girl who helps Harrison Ford in this adventure.

Intriguing and exciting: these are the words for "Frantic". Perhaps it's not considered among Polanski's most important movies, but it still looks fresh and entertaining.


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