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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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You won't want to let your loved ones out of your sight after this film 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)
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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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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Rex Hofman:Sometimes I imagine she's alive. Somewhere far away. She's very happy. And then, I have to make a choice. Either I let her go on living and never know, or I let her die and find out what happened. So... I let her die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Big Bad Wolves (2013)See more »

FAQ

Why does Raymond do what he does?
What is the significance of Saskia's dream?
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52 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
You won't want to let your loved ones out of your sight after this film, 12 September 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan (toldyaso@planeteer.com) from Toronto, Canada

There aren't too many scenarios like this one. The original version and the Hollywood remake of this film were both directed by the same man, George Sluizer. As I understand from popular opinion, this is one film that was fine the first time round, and not well received on the second go. I cannot fairly compare them, and I have no more desire to see the remake of "Spoorloos" than I do the remake of "La Femme Nikita", namely "The Point Of No Return".

I saw the original version upon the strong recommendation of a newspaper reviewer proclaiming it one of the most disturbing films they'd ever seen. The photograph of a young couple about to be torn apart in the paper reeled me in.

A pleasant holiday excursion goes horribly wrong when a man's lady friend goes missing at a crowded rest stop. He grasps at straws in desperation as very little can be done because few clues or leads exist. The abduction is arbitrary and nearly flawless.

The film was indeed well done and what struck me the most was the focus on that of the villain. It is a portrayal of a normal, respectable family man who trains himself in meticulous detail for an abduction. His cold, calculating approach is probably the most frightening aspect. His inhumanity is difficult to comprehend.

Many film endings can be shocking and may stick with you forever, and for a lot of people that is certainly the case with this film. That's why I was surprised to learn that the TV commercials for this film gave away the ending. However it didn't ruin the film for me.

The suspense and chilling setting of this film makes it hard to forget. The viewer constantly wondering, "What would I do?" or "How would I cope?". Impossible questions we all hope we'll never find the answer to.

Of course, keep a few handy responses in mind should you watch this with your better half when they ask the inevitable, almost rhetorical question, "What would you do if I went missing and you couldn't find me?"

"I'd surely die, dear."

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