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The Disappearance (1977)

Thriller about a contract killer whose wife has disappeared. When he is hired by an international organisation to carry out a "shy" or hit, he suspects they are connected with her disappearance.

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Jay Mallory
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Celandine
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Edward
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Atkinson
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Burbank
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Jefferies
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Catherine
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Deverell
Michèle Magny ...
Melanie
Dan Howard ...
James (as Duane Howard)
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Young Man
Christina Greatrex ...
Secretary
Robert Korne ...
Dominic
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Peter (as Michael Kramer)
Maureen Beck ...
Maid
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Storyline

Contract hit man Jay Mallory works for an unknown organization. He returns home to his downtown Montréal apartment one winter day to find that his wife, Celandine, is gone. Mallory initially thinks that Celandine has left on her own volition since theirs was a sometimes stormy, albeit passionate, relationship. However, words from Mallory's main point of contact at the organization, Burbank, indicate that Celandine's disappearance may be associated with Mallory's last hit. Shortly after their discussion, Burbank himself disappears. The organization assigns Mallory another job in Suffolk, England. Mallory has a feeling that there is something unusual about this job - he is given little initial information including not knowing who the target is - and that it too is associated with Celandine's disappearance. Despite feeling that he may be being set up, Mallory decides to take the job anyway to see how it plays out and if it leads him back to Celandine. Written by Huggo

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A violent passion held them together. A passion for violence ripped them apart.

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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

10 May 1981 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Adistaktos dolofonos, tryferos erastis  »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Barbara Parkins was going to be in this project but was replaced before filming began. See more »

Connections

Edited into Give Me Your Answer True (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Embrace
Music by Craig Huntley
Lyrics by HansJürgen Bauer
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Grow up, all of you who consider this "brilliant", "a must see", "a true classic"
14 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Good start, some suspense, some tense music, filmed from above, and you say, I will see a great movie. But, in spite of several big names like David Hemmings (also producer of the film), David Warner, John Hurt, Christopher Plummer, all real actors, The Disappearance do not offer us anything. I never considered Mister Donald Sutherland a great actor except... because of his stature. Only now I understand why Fellini chose him precisely in the role of Casanova, to make a total caricature of Casanova (Fellini is famous anyway for the fact that he preferred non-professionals to real actors, he preferred mugs, expressive faces with grimaces...) In any case, you do not cast Donald Sutherland as a killer, it's ridiculous. You cast Lee Marvin or Jack Palance for that, they are more than Actors. I am not convinced of anything, all that Mr. Sutherland does in the whole movie is to stand frowned, teeth clenched, angry that her wife disappeared. And, if the start was so promising, the end it's absolutely disappointing. We discover that it was his wife the one who hired the killer and, in the last scene, the killer himself is shot. Probably by Santa Claus, because it's winter time...


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