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The Vanishing (1988) More at IMDbPro »Spoorloos (original title)

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The Vanishing -- A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a calm professor with a diabolically clinical mind. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer's The Vanishing unfolds in an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.


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Tim Krabbé (novel)
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Release Date:
27 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »
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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Powerful and unforgettable See more (176 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Spoorloos" - Netherlands (original title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The film was submitted to the Academy Awards in 1988 as the official Dutch entry for Best Foreign Language Film. However, the AMPAS disqualified it because they determined that there was too much French dialog in the film to warrant it being a Dutch candidate.See more »
Boom mic visible: After the discussion with Lieneke and her departure, Rex sits in front of the computer and a mic is visible in the lower left corner.See more »
Raymond Lemorne:You start with an idea in your head, and you take a step... then a second... Soon, you realize you're up to your neck in something intense, but that doesn't matter. You keep at it for the sheer pleasure of it. For the pure satisfaction it might bring you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »


What is the significance of Saskia's dream?
Is this film based on a novel?
Why does Raymond keep a track of his heart rate?
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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Powerful and unforgettable, 14 April 1999
Author: FANatic-10 from Las Vegas, NV

This is a most unsettling and haunting film which vividly depicts the banality of evil. American filmgoers who are too lazy to settle in to the ambiance and mood of foreign films will probably not be patient enough for it, though. I went to see it not knowing at all what to expect, and really got a jolt. One factor that made it so powerful was the everyday reality of it all. These are seemingly normal people you'd see on the street anywhere. I thought it was a masterful depiction of what would probably actually happen when someone you loved just disappeared out of the blue, and the turmoil of emotions that would be unleashed. If you are at all susceptible, the ending will absolutely chill you to the bone, and is the perfect topper to a great film. Please do yourself a favor, and DON'T make the mistake of seeing the American remake instead of the original!

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