|Starring:||Harrison Ford, John Mahoney, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats|
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Oct 1999|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, Italian|
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An American surgeon ...By davehaviland#1 from LONDON , 24 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]An American surgeon and his wife arrive in Paris for a second honeymoon. They catch a cab to the hotel, order some food, and he jumps in the shower. When he gets out, his wife has disappeared. With no clues and speaking no French he now has to find his wife, and find out what on earth is going on.
Thus begins a tense thriller involving kidnapping, drug running and the Paris underworld. The film is extremely atmospheric, vividly capturing the nightmare of being a stranger in a city where you don?t speak the language. Ennio Morricone?s ska-heavy score is central to this, and although it sounds slightly dated now this somehow adds to its charm. Harrison Ford gives a tremendous performance, continuously perplexed at his inability to influence or communicate, and Emmanuelle Seigner (the future Mrs Polanski) makes a dazzling femme fatale.
However the film suffers slightly from having all its best moments early on. In the first half of the film the plot is precise and intricate, with a number of elements satisfyingly set up and paid off. We are as baffled by events as Ford, so we share his panic and frustration, as he desperately tries to get the authorities to take him seriously. But as it becomes clear what?s happening the second half of the film becomes a series of chases, and as a result the film loses some of its momentum. There is also an interminable nightclub scene which becomes quite baffling.
Nonetheless Frantic marks a major return to form for Roman Polanski, who only made one other film during his eighties exile, after major triumphs in the seventies including Rosemary?s Baby and Chinatown. It was also the first film that really allowed Ford to explore a darker character, a role he reprises to some degree in the very underrated What Lies Beneath.
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An American in Paris, gripping thrillerBy Mapreader (11 reviews) , 15 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I'm surprised this hasn't got more stars than it has. Ford struggles not only against ruthless smugglers, in a country where he understands nothing, neither the language nor the culture of the people in the clubs and bars. It wouldn't have been half as good if it had been set in the USA or the UK.
Unbelievable!By David Talbot from Hampton Court, England. , 18 Nov 2011So unbelievable, in fact, that I couldn't believe I watched it all the way through. This has to be the most banal film I've ever seen in over 60 years of movie going. In realitiy, not even worth a single star rating, but I had to give it something to be able to post this warning review.
A typical example of so bad you had to keep watching it!
All concerned should be thoroughly ashamed of inflicting such dross on the world at large.
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Another enjoyable Harrison Ford watch!By Range37 (26 reviews) from Nottingham , 12 Jun 2011Harrison Ford is excellent as the husband who loses his wife in a Paris hotel, believing her to be kidnapped. He portrays a distraught and sometimes comical figure bungling his way round the French capital but not helped by the inhospitabilty of the people he comes in contact. The film's plot builds well but I did feel the conclusion was perhaps a touch of an anti-climax.
It was goodBy MickeyMouse3000 (299 reviews) from Dorset, England , 19 Feb 2011I expected better to be honest, but it was quite exciting with some great acting by Ford as always. I've seen this sort of thing done far better - watch Breakdown, one of the greatest thrillers in my opinion. Or Ransom, that one is a favourite of mine too. I would say this is good for a Saturday night movie, starts out really promising but never excells.
Hid wife crisis!By PJshadow (199 reviews) from Leeds , 11 Sep 2010Really good thriller with Harrison Ford (once again playing a doctor) searching for his kidnapped wife in Paris after a simple case of some mixed up luggage.
Ford is in his standard man against the world mode as the desperate husband in a strange country surrounded by French people speaking in an unfamiliar foreign tongue.
Emmanuelle Seigner arrives half way through the film and successfully manages to steal the show as sexy smuggler Michelle.
Well worth a watch.