IMDb > The Vanishing (1988)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

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

Photos (See all 12 | slideshow) Videos
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.


User Rating:
7.8/10   23,617 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 17% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Tim Krabbé (novel)
Tim Krabbé (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Vanishing on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
(23 articles)
200 Greatest Horror Films (20-11)
 (From SoundOnSight. 30 October 2015, 6:53 PM, PDT)

Rotterdam shakes up Tiger competition; first title revealed
 (From ScreenDaily. 15 September 2015, 1:00 AM, PDT)

The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988
 (From Den of Geek. 6 May 2015, 6:00 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Movie about a highly disturbing man 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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu had some unorthodox methods to interact with his colleagues. He deliberately picked a fight with Gene Bervoets prior to their fight scene, so that Bervoet's rage would look genuine, and in the scene where he drugs Johanna ter Steege's character, he held her so tight that she could not breathe and really experienced a panic attack.See more »
Continuity: Raymond tells Rex that when he was a teenager, he jumped from a balcony and lost two of his fingers. However, the adult Raymond clearly has 10 fingers for the duration of the movie.See more »
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:
Referenced in Big Bad Wolves (2013)See more »


What is the significance of the opening shot?
Why does Rex drink the coffee?
What special features are on the DVD?
See more »
29 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Movie about a highly disturbing man, 21 March 2004

George Sluizer has made a movie that moves slowly forward, giving the viewer clues that work as pointers to take us back and forth in time. Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu as Raymond Lemorne depicts a man who knows the difference between right and wrong, but when he is 16, looking down from his parents veranda 15 feet above ground, he asks himself this question: Where is it predestined that I will not jump? And then he has to jump. This highly disturbing way of thinking moves him in a different direction. We see in his every day life that he is a most normal man, he has two daughters, a good wife, a job as a chemistry teacher. But he is something else too. Is he evil? This is a very disturbing movie.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (176 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Vanishing (1988)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Original better? Really? spr13-403-795435
Was Saskia really... bluntz_b
Volleyball coach? (Spoilers) JZombie24
Is this movie too scary to watch? amd8404
Noooo.. for once I've found a remake is better! EvilCensor
How much did Rex need to know? acobbs
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Vanishing Red Lights Freeway So Sweet, So Dead Suspect Zero
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Mystery section IMDb Netherlands section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.