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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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Awards:
9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(21 articles)
Daily | Sluizer, Varda, Polanski
 (From Keyframe. 30 October 2014, 8:48 AM, PDT)

The Vanishing director George Sluizer dies, aged 82
 (From Den of Geek. 22 September 2014, 10:28 PM, PDT)

George Sluizer 1932 - 2014
 (From EmpireOnline. 22 September 2014, 6:06 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
An absolutely chilling, deeply unsettling horror masterpiece See more (173 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Spoorloos" - Netherlands (original title)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 breath and really experienced a panic attack.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:
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 »

FAQ

Why does Raymond do what he does?
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109 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
An absolutely chilling, deeply unsettling horror masterpiece, 28 December 2003
Author: kanerazor from Yorba Linda, CA

The Vanishing is a movie only those with ice in their veins can ever forget. The direction is absolutely brilliant, from the opening frames until the very end. I felt Saskia's fright when she thought she lost Rex initially, and her description of her dream made me feel chills. When she disappeared, Rex's combination of rage, frustration, anxiety, and grief was torture to watch. A particularly powerful moment was when he slammed the car door shut so hard the window crumbled into pieces.

Watching Rex become consumed in every way by his quest to find Saskia was also extremely difficult to watch, although it was certainly inevitable. I found the professor's description of his actions appalling in many cases, the most notable one being when he fixates on Saskia and we see his POV. Seeing Saskia warmly respond to him was devastating, knowing what would happen. Throughout the film there was an overwhelming sense of doom and isolation, like this was a cruel world where even in the most idyllic settings evil lurked everywhere and attempting to fight it was futile. Rex undergoes one of the most harrowing emotional ordeals of any movie character ever, and when he is at the end of his rope his crucial decision would seem so insane out of context but viewers understand that it really is his only choice. The shock ending, especially the way it was done, almost made me scream, and I will never forget the final shot. The Vanishing could be shown in any film class on direction, as an example of perfection. Material that could have been turned into just a mediocre thriller with would have seemed like a lame twist was turned by George Sluizer into an utterly harrowing filmgoing experience. And that is the right word, because a movie like The Vanishing is not just watched-it is experienced.

I estimate I have seen around 700 movies in my life, and horror is my favorite genre. I have only seen two films that left me so scared that after they ended I couldn't even move. One was Psycho, which I saw 10 years ago when I was only 12. The other one was just this year-The Vanishing.

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