Seconds (1966)

Fifty-ish Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is approached by a secret company that promises to provide him with a fresh start, complete with a new face (Rock Hudson) and lifestyle. But as he struggles with his own sense of identity, he begins… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 1966
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring dazzling, disorienting cinematography from the great James Wong Howe and a strong lead performance by Rock Hudson, Seconds is a compellingly paranoid take on the legend of Faust.

Variety Staff

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.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

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.

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Chris Barsanti

A bleak and noirish Frankenstein thriller whose DNA is threaded with zeitgeist-heavy satire.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The screenplay ollapses into musty moralizing in the second half, and director John Frankenheimer throws in the towel.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film International

[C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold.

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Fernando F. Croce

The summit of Frankenheimer's Sixties unease

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Little wonder it flopped at the time, only to be cherished by a later generation.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A fun house mirror world that never looks quite right because it never is, and never was.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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).

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
A great atmospheric psychological thriller in the vain of Orson Welles' The Trail. Also features the first use of the Snori-Cam (to the best of my… More
Cindy I
Riveting suspense thriller about a middle-aged man who takes the opportunity to exchange his mediocre humdrum life for something supposedly better. The best… More
Drew Smith
Bold, highly psychological science fiction that might have gone on to enjoy a cult reputation if 2001 hadn't stolen its thunder two years later. Seconds is… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Hallucinatory and craftily directed thriller. Seemingly inspired by Orson Welles' method, and particularly his take on Kafka's The Trial, using the… More
Aj V
This movie's plot reminds me of so many other movies I've seen more recently, I wondered if this was were they got their ideas? I hope not, this… More
jay nixon
pitch black and depressing, well acted but a bleak viewing experience.