Warner Bros. / The Mount Company Released 1985




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Roman Polanski

Dr. Richard Walker, a successful surgeon and his beautiful wife Sondra travel to Paris on business. When they arrive at their hotel, Sondra realizes she cannot open her suitcase. Walker tells her she most likely grabbed someone else's suitcase at baggage claim. As Sondra makes arrangements with the airport, Walker jumps into the shower. When he gets out, his wife is missing. He hurries downstairs to ask if anyone has seen her, and strangely, the only person with any insight is a homeless man outside who mentions she was forced into a car with men by her side. In a panic, Walker calls the American embassy and the local police, but neither seems very willing to help. He then decides to search for his wife himself.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Even with its excesses, Frantic is a reminder of how absorbing a good thriller can be.

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Ford`s character is disoriented from the very beginning of the movie, suffering from jet lag, and you can view the movie as one long tourist`s nightmare. Although the suspense neve...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Polanski has always inspired comparisons to Hitchcock, back to Cul-de-Sac and up to Rosemary's Baby and beyond, but this is the first time he has intentionally set out to replicate...

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    • Production budget - $20,000,000
      Domestic gross - $17,637,950 (58th)
      Worldwide gross - N/A

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $40,542,443
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - N/A

    • Filming locations:
      Lady Liberty Statue, Allée des Cygnes, Paris 16, Paris, France
      Le Grand Hotel Inter Continental, Paris 9, Paris, France
      Paris, France
      Passage Brady, Paris 10, Paris, France
      Pont de Grenelle, Paris, France
      Studios de Boulogne-Billancourt/SFP, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France

    • Taglines:
      1. Danger. Desire. Desperation.
      2. They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action.

    • Music:
      I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
      Performed by Grace Jones
      Composed by Astor Piazzolla
      Written by Barry Reynolds, Dennis Wilkey, Nathalie Delon
      I'm Gonna' Lose You
      Performed by Simply Red
      Written by Mick Hucknall
      The More I See You
      Performed by Chris Montez
      Written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
      Jah Rastafari
      Performed by Culture
      Written by Joseph Hill
      I Love Paris
      Written by Cole Porter
      San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
      Written by John Phillips
      Chicago Song
      Performed by David Sanborn
      Written by Marcus Miller
      The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)
      Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra
      Conducted by Wilhelm Stephan
      Written by William Engvick and Georges Auric
      Something Tells Me
      Performed by Tiger Moon
      Written by Ish Ledesma


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