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Frankenheimer, John, 1930-2002, film director.
Publication Information:
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A sinister thriller from the fractured 1960s that concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who is urged (and blackmailed) to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life as a reborn.
General Note:
Based on the novel by David Ely.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1966.

Special features: Audio commentary with director John Frankenheimer; Alec Baldwin on Seconds (interview with the actor on Frankenheimer and Seconds); A second look (making of featurette featuring interviews with director John Frankenheimer's widow, Evans Frankenheimer, and actor Salome Jens); Palmer and Pomerance on Seconds (visual essay by film scholars R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance); Archival footage: John Frankenheimer (interview with Frankenheimer originally broadcast on Canadian television in 1971 and produced by filmmaker Bruce Pittman); Hollywood on the Hudson (excerpt from rare WNBC news special in 1965 featuring an interview with Rock Hudson). Booklet features an essay by critic David Sterritt.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; for some nudity.
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Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a listless Manhattan businessman who lives with his wife in the New York suburbs. One day, he runs into an old friend (Murray Hamilton) whom he thought had died. The friend leads him to The Company, a secretive operation run by The Old Man (Will Geer). The Company is a high-tech service which, for a price, provides older men with plastic surgery, a beefed-up body, and a fresh start in life. To cover the "disappearance," a middle-aged male cadaver is "killed" in a hotel fire. Hamilton submits to the operation that will turn him into a "Second," and when the bandages are removed, he's shed twenty years, renamed Tony Wilson and portrayed by Rock Hudson. The Company creates a new identity for Hamilton, relocating him in a hedonistic California beach community with an identity as a painter. Celebrating during a local wine festival, Hamilton has his revelry cut short when he learns that all his new young friends are Seconds like himself and suddenly feels trapped in these surroundings. Unfortunately, finding a way out isn't nearly as easy as it was to find a way in. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

A frumpy middle-aged banker tired of his life undergoes a transformation to give him a new one. With a radically altered face and changed identity, Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson) starts to fulfill his early aborted promise as an artist but finds embracing a free-spirited lifestyle clashes with his internal makeup. While technically not an indie film, John Frankenheimer's chilling sf/horror drama has the makings of one-avant-garde and decidedly noncommercial-which helped draw a cult following and a much-deserved second chance. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.