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Director:
Writers:
Tim Krabbé (novel)
Tim Krabbé (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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How far would you go to find the truth? See more (170 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets ... Rex Hofman

Johanna ter Steege ... Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus ... Lieneke
Bernadette Le Saché ... Simone Lemorne
Tania Latarjet ... Denise
Lucille Glenn ... Gabrielle
Roger Souza ... Manager
Caroline Appéré ... Cashier
Pierre Forget ... Farmer Laurent
Didier Rousset ... TV Journalist
Raphaëline Goupilleau ... Gisele Marzin (as Raphaëline)
Robert Lucibello ... Teacher
David Bayle ... Lemorne (16 Years)
Doumee ... Lady 'Prisunic' (as Doumée)
Eric Jacquet ... Pump Attendant
Aziz Djahnit ... Pump Attendant
Linda Wise ... English Tourist
Ian Magilton ... English Tourist
Mieke De Groote ... Belgian Tourist
Jean Grandeau ... German Tourist
Faustine Wuensche ... Little Girl (as Faustine Wünsche)
Ghislaine Gazaix ... Hitchhiker
M. Martinez ... Cafe Owner
François Guizerix ... Cop and Sports Commentator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reinier Verhoef ... Evert (5 jaar) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sluizer 
 
Writing credits
Tim Krabbé (novel "The Golden Egg")

Tim Krabbé (screenplay)

George Sluizer (adaptation)

Produced by
Anne Lordon .... producer
George Sluizer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henny Vrienten 
 
Cinematography by
Toni Kuhn 
 
Film Editing by
Lin Friedman 
George Sluizer 
 
Art Direction by
Santiago Isidro Pin 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Dussaud 
 
Makeup Department
Léone Noël .... makeup artist
Beppie van den Berg .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Anne Lordon .... production supervisor
Dirk Schreiner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natasa Hanusová .... first assistant director (as Natasa Hanusova)
Anouk Sluizer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
William Abello .... sets and props
Sophie Bastide .... assistant props
Jacques Fhima .... assistant props
Eric Lussaud .... set builder
Hassan Osfourd .... set builder
Philippe Renucci .... sets and props
Cor Spijk .... art director: Holland
Serge Vassal .... set builder
 
Sound Department
Stefan Kamp .... assistant sound editor
Joop Pieëte .... sound re-recording mixer
Piotr van Dijk .... sound
Jac Vleeshouwers .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerard Keller .... best boy electric
Kees Kroese .... electrician
Jutka Rona .... still photographer
Beat Scheidegger .... chief electrician
Jan van den Nieuwenhuyzen .... clapper loader
Albert van der Wildt .... additional camera operator
Appie Vermeeren .... grip
Lex Verspeek .... still photographer
Jan Wich .... additional camera operator
Jan Wich .... assistant camera
Thijs Wijdeveld .... key grip
 
Casting Department
François Guizerix .... casting: France
Jeannette Snik .... casting advisor: Holland
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Hartman .... dresser
 
Other crew
Jean-Claude Bernière .... production assistant
Frédéric Bouquet .... production assistant
Lydia De Koning .... caterer: Holland
Farideh Fardjam .... acting coach
Lin Friedman .... production coordinator
François Guizerix .... production assistant
Henri Steen .... location manager: Holland
Leonie Valckx .... continuity
Trix van Alphen .... publicity assistant
Elizabeth Visser .... sponsoring
Guillaume Voire .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Spoorloos" - Netherlands (original title)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Tim Krabbé, who wrote both the novel and the screenplay that was adapted from it, based the story on a newspaper article that he accidentally read about a female tourist who disappeared from a bus trip after buying chewing gum at a gas station in France. The police had searched for two nights without finding a trace of the girl. Ten years later, Krabbé did extensive research and found that the girl had turned up alive and well one day later; she had simply boarded the wrong bus. Krabbé even called her to thank her for providing him with the inspiration for the story.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When in the car with his daughter, Raymonde leans over and locks the passenger door, but seconds later the button is no longer pushed down.See more »
Quotes:
Raymond Lemorne:My daughter was bursting with pride. But I thought that her admiration wasn't worth anything unless I could prove myself absolutely incapable of doing anything evil. And as black cannot exist without white, I logically conceived the most horrible deed that I could envision right at that moment. But I want you to know, for me killing is not the worst thing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Vanishing (1993)See more »

FAQ

Why does Raymond keep saying "I must eat shit" when practicing his English?
Why does Gisele advise Raymond to go to a gas station?
Why does Raymond keep a track of his heart rate?
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92 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
How far would you go to find the truth?, 29 August 2004
Author: Golgo-13 from The IMDb Horror Board!

After reading several recommendations of Spoorloos (a.k.a. The Vanishing), I went ahead and bought the Criterion DVD release, which, by the way, has no extras. Let me say, I was not disappointed with the movie. If you like well-made, well-directed thrillers, it is definitely worth checking out. The story was simple enough; Rex's girlfriend mysteriously disappears at a gas station they stopped at while on vacation. Cut ahead three years and you still have him searching for her. Due to his persistence, the man responsible finally decides to get involved.

With very little violence and no gore, Spoorloos was able to leave the viewer in a truly depressing state. Some people might call it boring but I found the slow and steady pace to work in favor of the characters, as the acting was top notch. So was the direction of the scenes, which were set up quite nicely. It was interesting to see such attention paid to both the victim and criminal's point of view. You could really understand the desperation, confusion, and obsession that Rex felt with his loss. In turn, you see cold evil in a form that does exist in our world. While maybe not shocking to all viewers, the ending is terrifyingly tragic, made so by the realism and calmness throughout the film. Just ask yourself, how would you feel if that happened to you?

If pushed for a criticism, I would say that some of the symbolism seemed a bit too heavy handed but other then that, this is an intelligent, deep thriller. I have not seen the American remake (oddly enough, both versions are from director George Sluizer) but I can all but guarantee that the original is what you want to go with first. Many people suggest skipping the remake altogether!

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