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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Richard Walker
Betty Buckley ... Sondra Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Michelle
Djiby Soumare Djiby Soumare ... Taxi Driver
Dominique Virton Dominique Virton ... Desk Clerk
Gérard Klein Gérard Klein ... Gaillard
Stéphane D'Audeville Stéphane D'Audeville ... Bellboy
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Hall Porter
Alain Doutey ... Hall Porter
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le Grand Hotel Manager
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Bellboy 2
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Tourist
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Hotel Detective Le Grand Hotel
Ella Jaroszewicz Ella Jaroszewicz ... Restroom Attendant
Joëlle Lagneau Joëlle Lagneau ... Florist
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Storyline

A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears. His lack of language, and the odd way she disappeared makes it nearly impossible for him to find any official help in his search as he enters the punk/drug culture to find out what has happened to her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They've taken his wife. Now he's taking action. See more »


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda frenética See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,359,424, 26 February 1988

Gross USA:

$17,637,950
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first collaboration of director Roman Polanski and actress Emmanuelle Seigner. See more »

Goofs

The match from the matchbook sounds like a wooden match when it falls after Dr. Walker checks his watch with it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sondra Walker: Do you know where you are?
Richard Walker: No, it's changed too much.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits scroll over the streets of Paris. See more »

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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Learning Curve (1993) See more »

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Jah Rastafari
Performed by Culture
Written by Joseph Hill
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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You may not love it but you won't forget it.
4 September 2011 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

Here is a film that pulls you in and doesn't let go. In a very low key, sometimes somber atmosphere that doesn't feel frantic all the time one can't ignore the interesting scenes and situations.

Had the film been shot in American it would not have been as interesting as it is. It all takes place in Paris. We see how some of the people live and the lead character is taken to some interesting establishments by his young Parisian partner in search of his kidnapped wife.

But we're not really interested in the wife. We are interested in the girl! And here is what keeps one interested. She lives a life on the fringes while the Dr. lives a very conventional life that he'll never be able to return to. He'll be thinking of these days for the rest of his life, never forgetting the girl and every place she's taken him to.

What I love about the film is how original and unpretentious it all is. No cliché here. I dig this out at least once a year to watch.


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