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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
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Melanie
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James (as Duane Howard)
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Young Man
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Secretary
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Dominic
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Peter (as Michael Kramer)
Maureen Beck ...
Maid
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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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10 May 1981 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Adistaktos dolofonos, tryferos erastis  »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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Barbara Parkins was going to be in this project but was replaced before filming began. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Embrace
(uncredited)
Music by Craig Hundley
Lyrics by Hans Jurgen Bauer
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Hit man Donald Sutherland refuses a job until he locates his wife
1 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Disappearance" (1977) has Donald Sutherland as a hit man who works for the "Office", whose top owners and operators are unknown. He works with quite a cast of good actors on this one, like David Hemmings, John Hurt, David Warner and Christopher Plummer, really an amazing cast assembled by Hemmings as producer. But the female lead who plays Sutherland's movie wife is not up to them, and that is Francine Racette. Neither is the story, and that's a second big problem with this movie. There's really very little to the story.

Sutherland really loves Racette, but she disappears. He's supposed to do a job in London (they live in Montreal) but he wants to find her first. Only when he wants to follow up on a lead that someone in London may know her whereabouts does he accept the job and go to London.

The story is told with some flashbacks. It's easy enough to follow. But they are not integrated well so as to heighten emotion and suspense. Racette's accent is heavy and she speaks both low and without much acting skill. The movie is plodding and really banal. It never really builds up suspense or our interest or our involvement. It's put together badly, that is, the scenes do not flow one into another, and most of them are flabby and just lay there. The photographic conceptions that might build up interest are simply not present for the most part. I cannot imagine that these actors were proud of the result.


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