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  • 15
  • Action, Crime
  • 1988
  • 120 mins

Frantic

Frantic

About

Polanski took time off from his habitual darker themes to come up with this energetic and often light-hearted thriller. Centring on cardiologist Ford, who is stuck in Paris searching for his wife. A bunch of Arab terrorists is taking an interest in her after she has inadvertently picked up the wrong suitcase.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Jimmy Ray Weeks, Emmanuelle Seigner, John Mahoney, Yorgo Voyagis, Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Writer: Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski
  • Producer: Tim HAmpton, Thom Mount
  • Photographer: Witold Sobocinski

In a nutshell

Polanski enjoys piling on the references to his favourite Hitchcock movies, while Ford - in the style of Cary Grant in North by Northwest - brings a good measure of humanity and understated humour to his role as the American fish out of water, having to cope with the French way of doing things.

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