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Following the disastrous Pirates (1986), director Roman Polanski got back on creative track with this finely-wrought thriller that, while failing to impress at the box office, was nevertheless his most critically well-received film of the decade. Harrison Ford stars as Richard Walker, an American doctor who has come to Paris, where he's scheduled to deliver a paper to a medical conference. Richard has brought along his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley), because Paris was the site of their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Sondra picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, which leads to her kidnapping and an ever-more complicated quest that takes Richard into the seedy and dangerous underworld of European drug smuggling and terrorist arms sales. Along the way, he is rebuffed by skeptical officials at the American Embassy and meets Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner), a sexy courier who agrees to help him in exchange for the money she's owed for trafficking in narcotics. Playing cleverly on American fears about Europe's Byzantine politics and "decadent" society, Frantic received, from many observers, perhaps the greatest compliment possible for a thriller, comparison to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:February 26, 1988


Harrison Ford
as Dr. Richard Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Michelle
Betty Buckley
as Sondra Walker
John Mahoney
as Williams
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Shaap
Yorgo Voyagis
as The Kidnaper
David Huddleston
as Peter
Gerard Klein
as Gaillard
Jacques Ciron
as Hotel Manager
Dominique Pinon
as Wino
Thomas M. Pollard
as Rastafarian
Alexandra Stewart
as Edie
Alain Doutey
as Hall Porter
Richard Dieux
as Desk Cop
Claude Doineau
as U.S. Embassy Clerk
David Jalil
as Bodyguard
Jean-Pierre Delage
as Florist
Robert Ground
as U.S. Security Officer
Djiby Soumare
as Taxi Driver
Ella Jaroszewicz
as Restroom Attendant
Stephane D'Audeville
as Bellboy
Isabelle Noah
as Houseboat Owner
Marc Dudicourt
as Cafe Owner
Joelle Lagneau
as Florist
Boll Boyer
as Dede Martin
Patrick Floersheim
as Man in Leather
Dominique Virton
as Desk Clerk
Bruce Johnson
as Marine Guard
Laurent Spielvogel
as Hall Porter
Roch Leibovici
as Bellboy
Artus de Penguern
as Waiter
Raouf Ben Amor
as Dr. Metlaoui
Yves Renier
as Inspector
Marcel Bluwal
as Man in Tweed
Patrice Melennec
as Hotel Detective
Tina Sportolaro
as TWA Clerk
Louise Vincent
as Tourist


Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Gérard Brach
William Engvick
Georges Auric
Featured Music
Dennis Wilkey
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Natalie Delon
Astor Piazzolla
Featured Music
Mack Gordon
Featured Music
Ish Ledesma
Cole Porter
Featured Music
Harry Warren
Featured Music
Pierre Guffroy
Production Designer
Tim Hampton
Thom Mount
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Jean-Pierre Ruh
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Cheyko
First Assistant Director
Daniel Breton
Wendy Leech
Remy Julienne
Vic Armstrong
Margot Capelier
Bonnie Timmermann
Didier Lavergne