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Frantic 1988
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  • Roman Polanski
  • February 26, 1988
  • 120 mins
  • English
  • Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.

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This was okay. Weird I didn't know about this, being a Harrison Ford and Romance Polanski movie. Something about his movies never quite do it for me. Other than Chinatown I think. Anyway I have a few questions about this movie. And I'm not a fan of how this movie treats the female character. Also, the macguffin is kind of hilarious, a nuclear bomb detonator called a krypton (yup) that looks like part of a firecracker.

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The first half (and especially the idea of the disappearance of the doctor's wife without a trace) is brilliant. But instead of going on like that, Polanski made a "detective story about a nuclear device" out of Frantic and that's just a shame because the second half of the flick are mediocre at best...

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