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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

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Roman Polanski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Richard Walker
Betty Buckley ... Sondra Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Michelle
Djiby Soumare Djiby Soumare ... Taxi Driver
Dominique Virton Dominique Virton ... Desk Clerk
Gérard Klein Gérard Klein ... Gaillard
Stéphane D'Audeville Stéphane D'Audeville ... Bellboy
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Hall Porter
Alain Doutey ... Hall Porter
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le Grand Hotel Manager
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Bellboy 2
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Tourist
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Hotel Detective Le Grand Hotel
Ella Jaroszewicz Ella Jaroszewicz ... Restroom Attendant
Joëlle Lagneau Joëlle Lagneau ... Florist
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Storyline

A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears. His lack of language, and the odd way she disappeared makes it nearly impossible for him to find any official help in his search as he enters the punk/drug culture to find out what has happened to her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda frenética See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,424, 26 February 1988

Gross USA:

$17,637,950
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frantic (1988) is mentioned in Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies's song One Week, "Like Harrison Ford I'm getting frantic...". Incidentally this band were also formed in 1988. See more »

Goofs

When the hotel manager grabs a telephone book to call the concierge at his gym, the phone book clearly has a break in the spine at exactly the page he needs, so that it flops open effortlessly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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Referenced in The Last Family (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Where is your Heart
(Moulin Rouge)
Music by Georges Auric
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by William Engvick
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra
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One of the stars is Paris
22 December 2013 | by imurselSee all my reviews

A great suspense movie of Roman Polanski in a Hitchcockian style. One of the beloved theme of great master is already here: looking for a vanished person. I think Frantic is one of the movies more successful through the films with the plot located in Paris. Polanski tells us the story with great suspense involving the city of Paris like a character of the film. All movie spends on the Parisian places and rooftops. The music of Ennio Morricone also is a great element of the film success that gives us a great mood. The characters as Harrison Ford and Emmanuel Seigne are superb in their roles too. I think a must see movie if you love great oeuvres of Hitchcock and you love Paris.


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