#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Middle-aged banker Arthur Hamilton is given the opportunity to start a completely new life when he receives calls from his old friend Charlie. The only problem is that Charlie is supposed to be dead. Hamilton is eventually introduced to a firm that will fake his death and create an entirely new look and life for him. After undergoing physical reconstruction surgery and months of training and psychotherapy, Hamilton returns to the world in the form of artist Tony Wilson. He has a nice house in Malibu and a manservant, a company employee who is there to assist him with his adjustment. He finds that the life he had hoped for isn’t quite what he expected and asks the company to go through the process with surprising results.
Plot: A secret organisation offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The customer picks out someone they want to be and the organisation surgically alters the customer to look like the intended person, stages the customer’s death, gets rid of the intended person and the customer takes on a new life.
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A Modern Faustian Tale in a Little Depth
I don’t think the movie’s definition of ‘reborn’ is exactly what the popular meaning has in mind. Nevertheless, it’s a heckuva sci-fi movie from beginning to end. Frankenheimer pulls out all the stops in his camera work. The angles and effects are weird even for the close-ups, while that hectic bacchanal still has me panting for breath. We’re kept off balance the whole time by those angles, which is as it should be. The style fits the material perfectly.
Poor Arthur (Randolph). He’s a dutiful husband and breadwinner, but he’s also terminally bored with his life and wife. It seems he’s grown old, even at middle-age. So, now he’s ready for the big change the Company provides for a price. Still, he should have known when he signed up that he was in for the wrong kind of rebirth. After all, he first has to go through an infernal steam cloud at the pants presser, then through carcass-strewn meat lockers in a slaughterhouse. It’s all this just to get to the Company offices. That should have told him that the price of a new identity would be more hellish than the 30,000 in dollars.
But then, what guy wouldn’t trade a 45-year old tired mug for Rock Hudson’s handsome features and a new chance at life, especially the swinging kind. Okay, so maybe there’s something sinister behind the smiling bureaucrats of The Company, especially when Mr. Ruby (Corey) scarfs down the fleshy edibles. But not to worry, they’ll fake his death with some poor soul’s cadaver and his unexciting former life will be left behind for good.
So, after a lot of bloody plastic surgery, Arthur gets his new chance with a handsome new face, reborn now as Tony Wilson (Hudson). Plus he gets to move from his boring old house in the suburbs to where else but swinging Malibu, CA. The Company, it seems, fixes up everything. Then there’s that adoring young playmate to help (Jens) him settle in. She’s sure a long way from the drab wife he’s left behind. Okay, maybe there’s something odd about John (Addy), the hovering house servant of his beach cottage. Nonetheless, he waits on Tony’s every need, and now Tony can live life as a king.
And get a load of those merry- making hippies snaking up the canyon to their wine-soaked retreat that Nora’s roped him into. Trouble is you can change a person outwardly, but it’s not so easy inwardly. Besides, as Arthur, Tony has a whole lifetime of habits and hang-ups to overcome. So now he just sort of stands there, uptight, amid all the naked wine-stomping bodies. A real party-pooper until playmate Nora strong-arms him into drunken abandon. Now he’s got what he thinks he wants, a new swinging life to replace the glum old businessman. At last, life is good, but is it.
I’m not surprised the film has a big cult following. On the whole, it’s that good. The cast is superb, even Hudson who I suspect gives a career performance. That’s along with the Walton’s Will Geer as the kindly old head of The Company, his perpetual smile a mask for what turns out to be a Faustian bargain. To me, the movie’s final third lacks the kind of clarity that’s gone before. But maybe that’s as it should be. That way the sinister undercurrents remain clouded in their exact depths.
It appears the plot pivots at this point on the question of personal choice, certainly a defining feature of personal fulfillment. But without giving away too much, it seems The Company has engineered everything, right down to guaranteed unhappiness. So the Company program perhaps amounts to a recycling of clients through pre-planned stages that Tony too must go through. The movie doesn’t spell out what The Company is really up to; instead, we have to piece things together. I guess my only gripe is with the ending. Frankly, the kicking and screaming may raise the viewer’s dread-level, but I think the ending should come as a sudden surprise with kindly old Will Geer looking on.
Nonetheless, the movie appears to be an original reworking of the Faustian legend of selling one’s soul. But whether taken as a Faustian parable on middle- class discontent or not, it’s still a riveting 100-minutes.
Word Of Mouth Into A New Life
In Seconds life’s become pretty boring for John Randolph, no interest in the little woman any more, a dead end job, all the money in the world, but no interest in spending it anywhere.
So when he gets a call from an old friend who he’s heard has died, the possibilities are intriguing. Start over with a newly reconstructed body and a little more spring in your step so to speak.
As you can gather this is a service that only the people that Robin Leach talks about can afford. It’s kind of hush/hush and news of it is passed on by word of mouth. We just don’t want any slug out there being able to have something like this. Imagine going in for some heavy duty surgery going in John Randolph and coming out Rock Hudson?
Of course not everyone quite takes to the new life, but The Company that provides this new life and identity has their ways of dealing with unsatisfied customers.
John Randolph/Rock Hudson plays the man seduced by the promise of eternal youth and health and pleasure. It’s one of Rock Hudson’s most highly rated performances and deservedly so.
Production wise, Seconds does resemble a rather long episode of the Twilight Zone, but that’s not a derogatory comment. The Company provides some people to help newbies transition. Two of the best performances are Wesley Addy as a rather creepy factotum assigned to Hudson and Salome Jens as a woman who evinces interest in the new man that is Hudson.
Seconds is not a feel good movie, but it’s a great horror story told without any of the usual monsters, blood, and gore associated with the genre. If you see Seconds, it will raise some disturbing questions.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min), 1 hr 43 min (103 min) (Australia), 1 hr 47 min (107 min) (re-release: 1996) (USA)
Genre Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director John Frankenheimer
Writer Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), David Ely (based on the novel by)
Actors Frank Campanella, John Randolph, Frances Reid, Barbara Werle
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 2,925 m (1967) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm