Seconds

Rock Hudson is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over in America, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer James Wong Howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking Hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary director’s achievements.

Film Info

  • John Frankenheimer
  • United States
  • 1966
  • 107 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
  • Spine #667

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director John Frankenheimer
  • New interview with actor Alec Baldwin
  • Excerpts from Hollywood on the Hudson, a 1965 television program featuring on-set footage and an interview with actor Rock Hudson
  • New program on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Evans Frankenheimer, the director’s widow, and actor Salome Jens
  • Interview with Frankenheimer from 1971
  • New visual essay by film scholars R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director John Frankenheimer
  • New interview with actor Alec Baldwin
  • Excerpts from Hollywood on the Hudson, a 1965 television program featuring on-set footage and an interview with actor Rock Hudson
  • New program on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Evans Frankenheimer, the director’s widow, and actor Salome Jens
  • Interview with Frankenheimer from 1971
  • New visual essay by film scholars R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt
Seconds
Cast
Rock Hudson
Antiochus Wilson
Salome Jens
Nora Marcus
John Randolph
Arthur Hamilton
Will Geer
Old man
Jeff Corey
Mr. Ruby
Richard Anderson
Dr. Innes
Murray Hamilton
Charlie
Karl Swenson
Dr. Morris
Khigh Dhiegh
Davalo
Frances Reid
Emily Hamilton
Wesley Addy
John
John Lawrence
Texan
Elisabeth Fraser
Plump blonde
Dody Heath
Sue Bushman
Robert Brubaker
Mayberry
Dorothy Morris
Mrs. Filter
Barbara Werle
Secretary
Credits
Director
John Frankenheimer
Produced by
Edward Lewis
Screenplay
Lewis John Carlino
Based on the novel by
David Ely
Director of photography
James Wong Howe
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Film editors
Ferris Webster
Film editors
David Newhouse
Art director
Ted Haworth
Set decorations
John Austin
Sound recording by
Joe Edmondson
Sound recording by
John H. Wilkinson
Camera operators
Roy Clark
Camera operators
John Stephens
Hairstyles for Miss Jens created by
Sydney Guilaroff
Titles by
Saul Bass
Production manager
Lloyd Anderson
Assistant directors
Francisco Day
Assistant directors
Michael Glick
Script supervisor
John Franco
Paintings by
John Hunter (on loan from the Ryder Gallery)
Key grip
Richard Borland
Property master
Frank Agnone
Makeup artists
Jack Petty
Makeup artists
Mark Reedall
Dialogue coach
Thom Conroy
Assistant film editor
Stewart Linder
Sound effects editor
Howard Beals
Set photographer
John Bryson

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