Frantic (1988)

R | 120 mins | Drama | 26 February 1988

Director:

Roman Polanski

Producers:

Thom Mount, Tim Hampton

Cinematographer:

Witold Sobocinski

Editor:

Sam O'Steen

Production Designer:

Pierre Guffroy

Production Company:

Mount Company
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HISTORY

       The 1 Jul 1987 Var announced that principal photography began 21 Apr 1987 in Paris, France. A 7 Feb 1988 LAT article reported the film’s budget as being $20 million. Production notes in the AMPAS library files state that portions of the film were shot in the following Paris locations: the Grand Hotel, and Ile aux Cygnes (the Isle of the Swans) on the River Seine. Filming was completed in Paris.
       Upon returning to the U.S. a 25 Aug 1987 DV brief reported that the landing gear of the Warner Bros. airplane carrying actors Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood were not operating. However, “a backup system functioned,” and the plane landed safely in Maine.
       A 31 Dec 1987 press release and an 11 Jan 1988 DV news brief reported that the film was to be released on 12 Feb 1988, in approximately one thousand theaters. An article in the 7 Feb 1988 LAT stated Warner Bros. planned to fly journalists from Canada and the U.S. to Paris for a “junket” over the first weekend of Feb, and scheduled the picture’s premiere at the Videotheque in Paris. However, the events were cancelled when the film’s postproduction was not completed. Producer Thom Mount stated that edits were completed when “Warners President Terry Semei traveled to Paris to talk with Roman Polanski about the latest screening results.” The DV brief also mentioned that the film had two sneak-previewed showings on 14 Jan 1988 and 15 Jan 1988 in Costa Mesa, CA that were attended by Harrison Ford, film editor Sam ... More Less

       The 1 Jul 1987 Var announced that principal photography began 21 Apr 1987 in Paris, France. A 7 Feb 1988 LAT article reported the film’s budget as being $20 million. Production notes in the AMPAS library files state that portions of the film were shot in the following Paris locations: the Grand Hotel, and Ile aux Cygnes (the Isle of the Swans) on the River Seine. Filming was completed in Paris.
       Upon returning to the U.S. a 25 Aug 1987 DV brief reported that the landing gear of the Warner Bros. airplane carrying actors Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood were not operating. However, “a backup system functioned,” and the plane landed safely in Maine.
       A 31 Dec 1987 press release and an 11 Jan 1988 DV news brief reported that the film was to be released on 12 Feb 1988, in approximately one thousand theaters. An article in the 7 Feb 1988 LAT stated Warner Bros. planned to fly journalists from Canada and the U.S. to Paris for a “junket” over the first weekend of Feb, and scheduled the picture’s premiere at the Videotheque in Paris. However, the events were cancelled when the film’s postproduction was not completed. Producer Thom Mount stated that edits were completed when “Warners President Terry Semei traveled to Paris to talk with Roman Polanski about the latest screening results.” The DV brief also mentioned that the film had two sneak-previewed showings on 14 Jan 1988 and 15 Jan 1988 in Costa Mesa, CA that were attended by Harrison Ford, film editor Sam O’Steen, and producers Tim Hampton and Mount.
       The picture was released on 26 Feb 1988, as stated in the 26 Feb 1988 NYT review. A trade advertisement in the 2 Mar 1988 HR stated that during the “first 3 days” of release the film took in“$4,359,424” at the box-office.
      End credits state the following: “With Special Thanks To: Mairie de Paris; Grand Hotel Inter-Continental Paris; Aéroports de Paris; Les Bains; Old England; R.A.T.P.” End credits list: “Filmed on Locations in Paris and at the Studios de Boulogne, Paris.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Apr 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1988
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Feb 1988
p. 3, 30.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 1988
p. 5, 93.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
7 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 20.
Los Angeles Times
26 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
26 Feb 1988
Section C, p. 3.
Screen International
5 Mar 1988.
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Variety
19 Nov 1986
p. 32.
Variety
22 Apr 1987
p. 6.
Variety
1 Jul 1987
p. 30.
Variety
23 Dec 1987
p. 17.
Variety
2 Mar 1988
p. 15, 112.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. presents
A Mount Company Production
A Roman Polanski Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Focus puller
2d unit cam
2d unit focus puller
Stills photog
Steadicam
Front projection
Key grip
Key grip
Chief elec
Best boy
Cam and lenses by
Supplied by
Lighting equip from
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Prop master
Propman
Prod buyer
Prod buyer
Prod buyer
Const mgr
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward master
Asst to cost des
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus comp, orch & cond
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Mus performed by
Flugelhorn played by
Electric bass played by
Mus rec studio
Mus rec eng
Mus coord
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Asst sd ed
Asst dial ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opt by
DANCE
MAKEUP
Chief makeup
Hairdresser
Makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting (France)
Casting (U.S.A.)
Unit mgr
Loc mgr
Prod coord
Prod asst to Mr. Mount
Prod asst to Mr. Polanski
Moxie mount
Dial coach
Casting asst (France)
Crowd casting
"Nightlife" adv
Unit pub
Pub coord
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Laboratories
STAND INS
Stunt arr
Stunt double
Stunt double
Car stunts
SOURCES
MUSIC
“The Song From Moulin Rouge,” “(“Where Is Your Heart”),” performed by the 101 Strings Orchestra, written by W. Engvick, G. Auric, courtesy of Alshire Records.
SONGS
“I’m Gonna’ Lose You,” performed by Simply Red, written by Mick Hucknall, courtesy of Elektra Records
“I’ve Seen That Face Before,” “(“Libertango”),” performed by Grace Jones, written by A. Piazzolla, B. Reynolds, D. Wilkey, N. Delon, courtesy of Island Records
“The More I See You,” performed by Chris Montez, written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, courtesy of A & M Records
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SONGS
“I’m Gonna’ Lose You,” performed by Simply Red, written by Mick Hucknall, courtesy of Elektra Records
“I’ve Seen That Face Before,” “(“Libertango”),” performed by Grace Jones, written by A. Piazzolla, B. Reynolds, D. Wilkey, N. Delon, courtesy of Island Records
“The More I See You,” performed by Chris Montez, written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, courtesy of A & M Records
“Jah Rastafari,” performed by Culture, written by Joseph Hill, courtesy of Virgin Records
“I Love Paris,” written by Cole Porter
“San Francisco,” “(“Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair”),” written by John Phillips
“Chicago Song,” performed by David Sanborn, written by Marcus Miller, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Something Tells Me,” performed by Tiger Moon, written by Ish Ledesma, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./23 West Entertainment, by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 February 1988
Production Date:
began 21 April 1987 in Paris
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 March 1988
Copyright Number:
PA360068
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
120
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
France, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28890
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Paris, France, Americans Dr. Richard Walker and his wife, Sondra Walker, arrive at their hotel a day before Richard’s medical conference. They check in with the morning desk clerk, Gaillard. In their room, Sondra is unable unlock her suitcase. Richard notices the suitcase is not hers. He calls the airline and is told someone will retrieve the unknown luggage. As Richard showers, Sondra answers the telephone and tries to get his attention, but he indicates he cannot hear her. After Richard leaves the bathroom, Sondra is gone. He goes to the lobby and tells the hotel manager his wife is missing. The hotel detective joins them, but they are unable to locate Sondra. Richard goes to a café and asks if anyone has seen his wife. A drunk tells Richard he saw a man force Sondra into a car. Outside, Richard finds Sondra’s bracelet on the ground. Later, Richard and the hotel detective file a missing person report with the police. As they return to the hotel, the detective asks if Sondra was having an affair. Offended, Richard tells him no. The hotel detective calls Gaillard, the morning desk clerk, who checked Richard and Sondra in. Learning Gaillard is at a gymnasium, Richard goes there. He learns from Gaillard that a Middle Eastern man asked for Sondra that morning. After calling the room, Sondra and the man left the hotel together. Worried, Richard goes to the United States Embassy and tells the Head of American Services, Jimmy R. Williams, that Sondra has been kidnapped. However, Williams informs him ... +


In Paris, France, Americans Dr. Richard Walker and his wife, Sondra Walker, arrive at their hotel a day before Richard’s medical conference. They check in with the morning desk clerk, Gaillard. In their room, Sondra is unable unlock her suitcase. Richard notices the suitcase is not hers. He calls the airline and is told someone will retrieve the unknown luggage. As Richard showers, Sondra answers the telephone and tries to get his attention, but he indicates he cannot hear her. After Richard leaves the bathroom, Sondra is gone. He goes to the lobby and tells the hotel manager his wife is missing. The hotel detective joins them, but they are unable to locate Sondra. Richard goes to a café and asks if anyone has seen his wife. A drunk tells Richard he saw a man force Sondra into a car. Outside, Richard finds Sondra’s bracelet on the ground. Later, Richard and the hotel detective file a missing person report with the police. As they return to the hotel, the detective asks if Sondra was having an affair. Offended, Richard tells him no. The hotel detective calls Gaillard, the morning desk clerk, who checked Richard and Sondra in. Learning Gaillard is at a gymnasium, Richard goes there. He learns from Gaillard that a Middle Eastern man asked for Sondra that morning. After calling the room, Sondra and the man left the hotel together. Worried, Richard goes to the United States Embassy and tells the Head of American Services, Jimmy R. Williams, that Sondra has been kidnapped. However, Williams informs him the Embassy is not able to search for her. Douglas Shaap, the Embassy’s Head of Security, states there is no evidence to support Sondra being kidnapped. Frustrated, Richard leaves. He returns to his room and breaks into the suitcase. Inside he finds a miniature Statue of Liberty, a keychain for a Parisian nightclub called the Blue Parrot, and a matchbook with the name “Dédé” and a telephone number. A bellboy arrives to collect the suitcase to be returned to the airline. After Richard hands him the case, he calls the telephone number and leaves a message on the answering machine. Later, Richard goes to the Blue Parrot and asks about Dédé. “Rastafarian” mentions having the “white lady.” Believing the man is talking about Sondra, Richard, comes to discover “white lady” is cocaine. Richard offers to pay Rastafarian more for Dédé’s address. He arrives at the apartment of Dédé Martin, and finds him dead. While he is in the apartment, a woman calls and leaves a message on Dédé’s answering machine. Richard listens to a message in French from a woman named Michelle. Taking the tape, he leaves the apartment. Returning to the hotel, Richard learns from Gaillard that a man called for him. Richard asks Gaillard to come to his room to discuss Sondra’s disappearance. They find the room has been ransacked. Believing the culprits wanted the suitcase, Richard asks for it. However, Gaillard says that the airline picked it up. Richard places Dédé’s tape inside a cassette recorder for Gaillard to translate the messages. The desk clerk reveals that Michelle has recently returned from a trip, and is asking Dédé to bring money to her before the Blue Parrot closes. Richard returns to Dédé’s apartment, waiting for Michelle to come looking for Dédé. When she arrives, Richard demands to know where his wife is. Confused, Michelle asks Richard for her money. Richard tells Michelle that he believes she picked up Sondra’s suitcase by mistake. Michelle and Richard go to her apartment where she tells Richard she cannot return Sondra’s suitcase, as she has already placed it in a locker to be picked up. Richard asks whom Michelle is working for. She does not know, but tells Richard that if he finds her suitcase, she will help get Sondra back. Richard and Michelle arrive at the airport and retrieve Michelle’s case. While there, Richard’s associates, just arrived for the conference, see him. As Richard chats, Michelle leaves with her suitcase. Richard catches her before she leaves the airport, and they drive back to the hotel. Back in Richard’s room, the manager, hotel detective, and a police inspector arrive to discuss the break-in. Richard promises to meet Michelle at her place later. After she leaves, Richard lies to the group, stating that Sondra is having an affair and he tore up the room looking for her datebook. Later, Richard goes to Michelle’s apartment with her suitcase. Inside, he hears men’s voices. Concerned, he climbs to the roof to look through the open skylight of her bathroom. While climbing, the suitcase bursts open, spilling the contents across the top of the building, and the miniature Statue of Liberty teeters on the roof’s edge. Reaching the skylight, Richard lands unharmed in the bathroom and unseen by two men, one wearing tweed and the other wearing leather, asking Michelle about the miniature Statue of Liberty she brought from the United States. Michelle tells them she left it in the suitcase inside the locker because she noticed that her inquisitor in leather was following her at the airport. Richard sneaks into Michelle’s bedroom, and calls out for her. The men open the door and find him in bed, pretending to be Michelle’s lover. Richard gets up and pushes the man in leather. However, the man kicks Richard in the head before leaving with the man in tweed. Later, Richard awakens in a houseboat on the River Seine. Michelle informs him that Sondra called the hotel and will be calling again soon. Richard and Michelle arrive at the room as the telephone rings. The male caller tells Richard to deliver the miniature Statue of Liberty to a nearby parking garage. Richard and Michelle return to her apartment to retrieve the statue. As Michelle reaches for it, the statue falls. Downstairs, they find the statue broken in half, and a small, black device, inside. At the parking garage, Richard hands Michelle the taped together statue and tells her to hide. As two cars drive up, Richard sees Sondra in the front seat of one of the vehicles. Behind her, the backseat window opens, and the kidnapper asks Richard for the statue. Michelle walks over with the statue, but demands to be paid first. Suddenly, the man in leather and man in tweed arrive and shoot at the cars. The kidnapper’s car drives away, but the other car’s driver is killed. Afterward, Richard calls Williams at the United States Embassy. Confused by Richard’s story, Williams puts him on hold. Richard hangs up and rejoins Michelle as she goes through the dead driver’s wallet and finds cards for a nightclub called A Touch of Class. Williams and Shaap arrive, and tell Richard that Arab agents are holding Sondra, and want the device from the broken statuette because it is used to detonate nuclear weapons. Yet to be paid, Michelle grabs the device, and Richard, and runs away to hide it on the houseboat. That night, Richard and Michelle go to A Touch of Class. The kidnapper informs them he has Sondra, and the men in tweed and leather are Israeli agents after the device. Richard and the kidnapper agree to trade Sondra for the device, and later Richard calls the kidnapper to set a meeting in the morning on the bridge by the replica Statue of Liberty on River Seine. As Richard waits alone on the bridge, Michelle arrives, upset over being left behind. They see a boat on the water with the kidnapper, his bodyguard, and Sondra. As Richard and Michelle run to meet the boat, the kidnapper demands the device. Richard wants Sondra released first. Sondra goes to Richard, as Michelle requests the kidnapper pay her for the device. As he grabs at Michelle, the two Israeli agents appear on the bridge and shoot. The kidnapper’s bodyguard returns fire, and grabs the device as the kidnapper drags Michelle away. The agents shoot again and kill the bodyguard. Richard tackles the kidnapper. As they fight, the men on the bridge shoot the kidnapper. Before he dies, the kidnapper shoots and hits Michelle as she grabs the device. She stumbles towards Sondra and falls down. Richard runs to them, and Michelle slips the device into his pocket before dying. The man in tweed and man in leather run up to them as Richards tosses the device into the river. He and Sondra pick up Michelle’s body and walk away. +

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