IMDb > The Vanishing (1988)
Spoorloos
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
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
Promotional
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.

Overview

User Rating:
7.8/10   22,194 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 38% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Tim Krabbé (novel)
Tim Krabbé (screenplay)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Vanishing on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(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:
How far would you go to find the truth? 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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The central plot of the film (and the novel on which it is based) is from an archetype Urban Legend related to the Paris Exposition of 1901. A woman and her daughter travel to Paris for the exhibition, and whilst the woman unpacks, the daughter goes to a nearby shop. When she returns to the hotel, the mother is gone, and no one in the hotel remembers having seen her. The idea also formed for the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938), Terrence Fisher's So Long at the Fair (1950), Robert Fuest's And Soon the Darkness (1970) and Philip Leacock's Dying Room Only (1973) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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 Serial Mom (1994)See more »

FAQ

What is the significance of Saskia's dream?
What is the significance of the coins?
Why does Raymond do what he does?
See more »
95 out of 108 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!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (173 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Vanishing (1988)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Is this movie too scary to watch? amd8404
Was Saskia Rex's girlfriend or just a friend? drazen-n
Rex's Not Drinking the 'Coffee' Options au-audrius
Motivation behind... italdesign1976
Villain's POV movies ben-1047
english practice. dingduder
See more »

Recommendations

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.