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An underrated chiller from director Frankenheimer. Hudson gives a first-rate performance as the new identity of a man lured with the offer of a new idenity after his previous one has gotten boring. Howe's Oscar-nominated, disorienting photography is the real star of the film. Frankenheimer creates a wicked and chilling critique of capitalism, emphasis on youth and the contempt of consumer society. A haunting, spellbinding film. I give it a 5/5.
Unlike most Rock Hudson movies
- Ed Borden
It is hard to place this movie into a genre. It really is a gripping psychodrama. I wore out the VHS tape I had of this and the DVD's are very expensive as it is out of production. As the curtain is slowly pulled back more and more rock realizes what is actually going on and the sinister nature of it all is shocking even to todays numbed viewers. A great movie brimming with suspense, sensuality and intrigue. It is even scary at times. Kind of a mix between "a clockwork orange" and "twilight zone" and "coma". Very good.
What an amazing chiller - but with a philosophical undercurrent. The opening montage (shot by famous DP James Wong Howe) is, in itself, worth "the price of admission," and it is so cool to see Rock Hudson'a real acting talent emerge in a dramatic role! Do not miss this one!
An almost forgotten classic
- The Reverend
I saw this movie in the theater in 1966 and it regularly returns to haunt me. I've seen it several times on TV since and it still packs a massive punch. The cinematography alone is worth the price of admission and is as integral to the feel of the picture as any actor. So many familiar faces pop up in this movie. Who can ever see Grandpa Walton in the same light once they get a load of Will Geer's character in this film? So polite and so chilling. That is the secret to this film. You find yourself unnerved initially by the fact the director chose to film in black and white. A bold move in the colorful mid-60's. I don't think the film would have made such an impression if it were in color. Drab, routine, devoid of color, this exemplifies the clients who think they could do better if they had a second chance at life. This film was released on DVD in 2002 for about 10 minutes and now commands a hefty price.
Rock Hudson's acting
Who knew Rock Hudson had all this hidden talent? He gives a remarkable performance and should have been given more opportunity to expand on it. I was blown away by the stretcher scene.
- James Higgins
Unusual and fascinating plot, so imaginative. Rock Hudson's finest performance, the rest of the cast is fine as well. Excellent cinematography, very creative. Good direction. It starts out awesome, but it did drag a bit in the middle. Interesting style to the film.
Rock Hudson cast against type-and it works!
- Darin Tysdal
Rock Hudson was trying to make a career jump from making fluffy comedies like "A Very Special Favor" when he made "Seconds". Unfortunately, his audience didn't want to see him stretch his legs, so this movie flopped. However, througout the years this film gained cult status considering its close relationship to the TV show "The Twilight Zone" since the film is about irony. Like "Ace In The Hole", it seems to grow more revelance as time goes by. Seeing shows like "The Ugly Duckling" on reality TV make this movie seem like a harbinger of "things to come".John Randolph plays Arthur Hamilton, who is just stuck in a dead-end job and a dead-end marriage. But he thinks that he is to blame-his character, his looks, his age, his lifestyle. A former friend hooks up with him promising him something new. He finally ends up in a business that is in the business of making people new, giving them a new life. After some well-crafted blackmail and convincing, he decides have his old self be eradicated and a new self born. Thus he becomes Tony Wilson, a painter and a very handsome man. Unfortunately, he cannot shake off his prior existence, as he begins to reveal his past. We find that he still cannot cope even in his "improved" condition. He meets a free-wheeling spirit (Salome Jens) who ends up taking Tony to a wine making festival where he finally lets go. But he keeps on messing up. So "the company" has to keep on finding new blood. So Tony's life also has to end. From Saul Bass' title sequence to James Wong Howe's mesmerizing cinematography to Rock Hudson's excellent acting to Jerry Goldsmith's evocative score, Seconds is riveting from first to last, a genuine classic among cult film.