Seconds (1966)




Critic Consensus: Featuring dazzling, disorienting cinematography from the great James Wong Howe and a strong lead performance by Rock Hudson, Seconds is a compellingly paranoid take on the legend of Faust.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Ely, Lewis John Carlino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
Paramount Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Seconds

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (3)

US suburbia boredom is treated in an original manner in this cross between a sci-fi opus, a thriller, a suspense pic and a parable on certain aspects of American middle-class life.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Top Critic

The screenplay ollapses into musty moralizing in the second half, and director John Frankenheimer throws in the towel.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Little wonder it flopped at the time, only to be cherished by a later generation.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's greatest strength is its dynamic black and white cinematography courtesy of James Wong Howe, who instills the film with an intense, paranoid feel.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Under the Radar

[C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold.

Full Review… | December 2, 2013
Film International

A fun house mirror world that never looks quite right because it never is, and never was.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Seconds

A great atmospheric psychological thriller in the vain of Orson Welles' The Trail. Also features the first use of the Snori-Cam (to the best of my knowledge)

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Bold, highly psychological science fiction that might have gone on to enjoy a cult reputation if 2001 hadn't stolen its thunder two years later. Seconds is nowhere near the auteurial spectacle that Kubrick's magnum opus is, but its premise gracefully avoids Twilight Zone-style moralization by communicating its sensations through aesthetics, not thematic monologuing. The ending is wordy, but it doesn't say half as much as Rock Hudson's blissful surrender at the wine ceremony, or the disorientation and betrayal he feels at a house party. This approach surely works because of the incredible cinematography, way ahead of its time; it keeps a tight focus around the human aspects of the film, locked behind Hudson's head as he goes through the motions of a painfully dull life or fisheyed on some strange faces looming over him. As a visual representation of a character's inner workings, it's very immediate and unabashedly obvious, but perfectly in sync with the film's own unique claustrophobia. A diamond in the rough, if you can hunt it down.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

This movie's plot reminds me of so many other movies I've seen more recently, I wondered if this was were they got their ideas? I hope not, this movie was terribly boring and slow. I did not like it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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