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Seconds (1966)



Critic 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.

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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 to have second thoughts.

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Rock Hudson
as Antiochus "Tony" Wilson
Salome Jens
as Norma Marcus
John Randolph
as Arthur Hamilton
Jeff Corey
as Mr. Ruby
Murray Hamilton
as Charlie Evans
Karl Swenson
as Dr. Morris
Francois Ruggieri
as Girl in Boudoir
Frances Reid
as Emily Hamilton
Elisabeth Fraser
as Plump Blonde
Dody Heath
as Sue Bushman
Dorothy Morris
as Mrs. Filter
Barbara Werle
as Secretary
Frank Campanella
as Man in Station
Edgar Stehli
as Tailor Shop Presser
Aaron Magidow
as Meat Man
Francoise Ruggieri
as Girl in Boudoir
Thom Conroy
as Dayroom Attendant
Kirk Duncan
as Mr. Filter
William Wintersole
as Operating Room Doctor
Tina Scala
as Young Girl
Ned Young
as Mr. Filter
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Critic Reviews for Seconds

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

It is a brilliant, fascinating, weird and horrifying piece of work which probably will emerge as one of the best films of the year.

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It suffers from more than a few faults, but anyone who appreciates film entertainment made by a master craftsman will enjoy this harrowing exercise in mounting suspense.

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It's a little difficult to figure Rock Hudson in a chiller but he shows an unexpected professional acting quality in Seconds.

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I think Mr. Frankenheimer was the one with bad dream. While the picture is superbly directed and has reasonably mature dialogue, he has failed to make the idea engrossing or convincing.

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The half-world of twilight horror and stark realism that director John Frankenheimer probed so chillingly in The Manchurian Candidate has come under the Frankenheimer scalpel again in a remarkable motion picture called Seconds.

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It makes a dramatic actor out of the till now fashionably predictable farceur Rock Hudson. He's not great, but he puts together a pretty good fac-simile of a man suffering the tortures of the damned.

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Audience Reviews for Seconds

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 knowledge)

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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 nowhere near the auteurial spectacle that Kubrick's magnum opus is, but its premise gracefully avoids Twilight Zone-style moralization by communicating its sensations through aesthetics, not thematic monologuing. The ending is wordy, but it doesn't say half as much as Rock Hudson's blissful surrender at the wine ceremony, or the disorientation and betrayal he feels at a house party. This approach surely works because of the incredible cinematography, way ahead of its time; it keeps a tight focus around the human aspects of the film, locked behind Hudson's head as he goes through the motions of a painfully dull life or fisheyed on some strange faces looming over him. As a visual representation of a character's inner workings, it's very immediate and unabashedly obvious, but perfectly in sync with the film's own unique claustrophobia. A diamond in the rough, if you can hunt it down.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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 movie was terribly boring and slow. I did not like it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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