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With: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Geer, Jeff Corey, Richard Anderson, Murray Hamilton, Karl Swenson, Khigh Dhiegh, Frances Reid, Wesley Addy, John Lawrence, Elisabeth Fraser, Dody Heath, Robert Brubaker, Dorothy Morris, Barbara Werle
Written by: Lewis John Carlino, based on a novel by David Ely
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
MPAA Rating: R for some nudity
Running Time: 106
Date: 10/05/1966

Seconds (1966)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Face the Truth

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

John Frankenheimer's Seconds is one of the rare sci-fi films that skimped on special effects and concentrated on ideas. A middle-aged man decides to invest in a company that provides you with a younger face, body and identity. In this case he wakes up as Rock Hudson! He moves to California and becomes a successful artist, but realizes that he has no more answers in this life than he did in his old one. It's a dark vision of humanity and technology but fascinating nonetheless. James Wong Howe's black-and-white cinematography received an Oscar nomination. Paramount released a DVD in 2002 with a great commentary track by director Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate). The Criterion Collection released an updated version in 2013 (both DVD and Blu-ray) with new extras.

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