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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.


Roman Polanski





Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Richard Walker
Betty Buckley ... Sondra Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Michelle
Djiby Soumare Djiby Soumare ... Taxi Driver
Dominique Virton Dominique Virton ... Desk Clerk
Gérard Klein ... Gaillard
Stéphane D'Audeville Stéphane D'Audeville ... Bellboy
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Hall Porter
Alain Doutey ... Hall Porter
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le Grand Hotel Manager
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Bellboy 2
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Tourist
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Hotel Detective Le Grand Hotel
Ella Jaroszewicz Ella Jaroszewicz ... Restroom Attendant
Joëlle Lagneau Joëlle Lagneau ... Florist


A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears. His lack of language, and the odd way she disappeared makes it nearly impossible for him to find any official help in his search as he enters the punk/drug culture to find out what has happened to her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action. See more »


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Did You Know?


The Krytron prop has "RP & GB" printed on it below the "nuclear" symbol--Roman Polanski and Gerard Brach, the writers. See more »


Sondra's date of birth on the form at the US Embassy (14 April 1942) does not match what is shown on the closeup of her passport (3 July 47). The passport is Betty Buckley's actual birthday. See more »


[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits scroll over the streets of Paris. See more »


References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »


I Love Paris
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
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User Reviews

Fantastic and Underrated
14 April 2004 | by pieinthefaceSee all my reviews

It's amazing that people have just forgotten about this movie. Roman Polanski is an amazing director. I had only seen Rosemary's Baby and The Pianist prior to this, the latter being a hundred times better than the former. I was fairly disappointed with Rosemary's Baby. It was dubbed one of the best horror films of all time, and it never ever scared me. Frantic, labelled a thriller, delivers all that it promises to. I was on the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole movie. There was great ambience to all the scenes. Polanski definitely knows how to set a mood. Emannuelle Seigneur was fascinating as Ford's sexy opposite. I was very very impressed with her comic timing and cannot figure out why she hasn't been in anything else after Frantic. Terrific 9/10.

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Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frantic See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,424, 28 February 1988

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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