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Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a listless Manhattan businessman who lives with his wife in the New York suburbs. One day, he runs into an old friend (Murray Hamilton) whom he thought had died. The friend leads him to The Company, a secretive operation run by The Old Man (Will Geer). The Company is a high-tech service which, for a price, provides older men with plastic surgery, a beefed-up body, and a fresh start in life. To cover the "disappearance," a middle-aged male cadaver is "killed" in a hotel fire. Hamilton submits to the operation that will turn him into a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"US suburbia boredom is treated in an original manner in this cross between a sci-fi opus, a thriller, a suspense pic and a parable on certain aspects of American middle-class life."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's greatest strength is its dynamic black and white cinematography courtesy of James Wong Howe, who instills the film with an intense, paranoid feel."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"A bleak and noirish Frankenstein thriller whose DNA is threaded with zeitgeist-heavy satire."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"From the opening-credits sequence, Seconds mangles and distends the windows of perception until viewers get immersed in [Arthur's] sweat-soaked nightmare."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The film features a surprisingly good performance by Rock Hudson, an impeccable supporting cast and stunning cinematography by screen veteran James Wong Howe."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The screenplay ollapses into musty moralizing in the second half, and director John Frankenheimer throws in the towel."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"The summit of Frankenheimer's Sixties unease"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"No other film I've seen quite captures the feeling of being trapped like Seconds does. Frankenheimer puts it all together with splintered editing that is as bold as it is disorienting."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Frankenheimer directed, but cinematographer James Wong Howe set the tone and provided whatever's memorable. Which isn't much."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Little wonder it flopped at the time, only to be cherished by a later generation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A fun house mirror world that never looks quite right because it never is, and never was."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Frankenheimer fashioned a trippy motion picture that was clearly ahead of its time, even if just by a few years (the 1970s would be crammed with post-Watergate paranoia pictures such as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor)."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Creepy, Twilight Zone-type tale starring Rock Hudson, directed by John Frankenheimer."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Never has Oscar Wilde's caveat about being careful what you wish for been so chillingly portrayed."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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