Overall Rank: 1919
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 27
Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/1966
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 08/13/2013
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Frankenheimer
Actors: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Richard Anderson, Murray Hamilton, Karl Swenson
Plot: A man receives a call from his friend, Charlie - who is supposedly dead - but who offers him a way out of his dreary life. A company will set him up with a new identity, a new life and even a new face - and when he accepts the offer, transforming into a free-spirited artist playboy - he finds his new life oddly unfulfilling. -- Chris Kavan
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Snoogans - wrote on 06/08/2015
A slow-burn thriller that utilizes layered performances and unique camera angles to visually portray a paranoid state. It reminded me of early Polanski thrillers (which he started making shortly after this film). I can see obvious influence there. The concept is very intriguing, but the plot is lacking in some areas. I liked the slow unfolding of facts and the couple of turns in the latter half, especially the ending. Some revelations just weren't made all too clear near that point and it left me a bit unsatisfied. I also never got a sense of what was it about his home life that he disliked so much besides his longing for a previously planned future. I recommend it based on atmosphere, directing, and concept alone.
Mark - wrote on 08/28/2014
a wonderful psychological thriller from frankenheimer. the cast is perfect and randolph and hudson are particularly brilliant. the film is beautifully shot by the legendary james wong howe. this is a mesmerizing tale which is gripping throughout. arthur's last night with his wife and the finale are two scenes i will never forget........
Bribaba - wrote on 05/04/2011
John Frankenheimer's stunning mix of sci-fi and thriller was never likely to attain the audience it deserved. Downbeat from the off, it tells of an elderly business man disillusioned that the American dream doesn't add up to a hill of beans. Rather than going quietly to the grave he instead enters into a Faustian pact with a mysterious organisation that promises a second chance - in this case coming back as a young man (Rock Hudson) . But the existential angst soon piles up as he tries to come to terms with the 'transfer'. Ace cameraman James Wong Howe superbly captures the air of menace, while Hudson is surprisingly convincing as the man who isn't quite what he seems
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