You could make a strong case for the late John Frankenheimer being the most unappreciated American film director of all time simply by mentioning his two astonishing 1960s movies ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ and ‘Seconds’. Frankenheimer made many others movies both good and not so good, but these two are amazing pieces of work and rarely get the praise they deserve. ‘Seconds’ is one of the greatest thrillers ever made. Intelligent, complex, and extremely depressing. It doesn’t talk down to its audience and perhaps this is the reason why it was a box office flop and is still all but ignored today. Rock Hudson isn’t an actor with much credibility to most film fans but he is brilliant in this film in easily his most powerful and believable performance ever. The rest of the supporting cast are excellent, especially the underrated character actors John Randolph (‘Serpico’), Will Geer (TV’s ‘The Waltons’) and Jeff Corey (‘Mickey One’). ‘Seconds’ is a minor masterpiece. A very disturbing story with an unforgettable climax. Highly recommended!
Seconds (1966) Movie Data
Seconds (1966) is Sci-Fi Thriller Genres film which released in 1966. Seconds (1966) supported by Frank Campanella, John Randolph, and Rock Hudson. This movie has 1h 46min duration and rating around 7.7 star from 12,008 movie experts. Not bad.
Seconds (1966) Short Storyline
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.
Actor Actress behind Seconds (1966) Movie
Rock Hudson,Frank Campanella,John Randolph
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Lewis John Carlino
Seconds (1966) PLOT STORY
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.
What if someone offered you the chance to begin again, with a new life that was organized to be exactly what you wanted it to be? That’s what the organization offers some wealthy people. They find a life that is what their clients would have wanted, artist, writer, politician, kill the person who is to be replaced and surgically alter their clients to take their places. We follow a new client from first contact, through his staged death, to surgery, recovery and replacement. Of course thats when things become complicated.
Arthur Hamilton is a middle aged New York banker living in Scarsdale. He’s married with a grown daughter he rarely sees anymore. He is generally disengaged from everything in his life. Based on a series of telephone calls he receives from his supposedly deceased friend Charlie Evans, Arthur is drawn into a company that provides him with a second chance in life. Initially resisting this opportunity, ‘they’ convince him that he has little to live for in his current life, which includes a past indiscretion, albeit one unintentional on his part. His ‘rebirth’ will include a cadaver to replace his current body after his death, enough money for his current family to live comfortably after his departure, enough money for his new start in life, a surgical make-over of his current self, and a new identity based on his subconscious desires. This new identity is as a Malibu based painter christened Antiochus ‘Tony’ Wilson. To assist him in this transition to Tony Wilson, the company provides him with a counselor of sorts, acting as a live-in housekeeper named John, who attends to whatever Tony requires emotionally to make the transition successfully. Even with John’s help, Tony is finding it difficult to make the transition, despite or perhaps in spite of meeting a woman named Nora Marcus, with whom he falls in love. He has to discover where he went wrong in his life as Arthur Hamilton and where he went wrong in his transition to Tony Wilson before he can find out where he wants to go and how to achieve getting there. But will the company help him achieve what he wants?
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