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The Vanishing (1993)

The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

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Arthur Bernard
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Miss Carmichael
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Storyline

Barney teaches chemisty, and is planning to abduct a woman. Despite methodical planning and countless trial runs he always manages to mess things up. Then Diane, who is traveling with her boyfriend Jeff, unwittingly makes herself an easy target. The story is mainly from Jeff's viewpoint, as he searches for Diane. Barney watches him. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated R for terror and violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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5 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rapto  »

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$14,543,394 (USA)
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The cabin by the lake scenes were filmed at Camp Omache, a Boy Scout summer camp near Monroe, WA. See more »

Goofs

When Barney goes to Jeff's apartment there's a nice artistic touch...the reflection of his face in the outside car mirror as he gets out of the car. The problem is that in order to make that shot work the mirror had to be aimed at the sky...making it useless when driving. See more »

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Jeff Harriman: I just want to know where Diane is.
Barney Cousins: Then you'll want to listen. Or the answer will slip right by you.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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QUITTIN' TIME
Written by Ray Benson and Tim DuBois
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Please please seek out the Dutch original
31 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I know it's hard for you Americans to find European films on video/DVD, particularly from the 80's but please seek out the original version of the Vanishing - title Spoorloos (1988) - and you'll see why the Hollywood version of The Vanishing screws up bigtime, particularly at the finale.

I really like Sandra Bullock, Kiefer Sutherland and particularly Jeff Bridges, but this is just so so lame compared with the original. What where they thinking? Can you imagine Seven with a happy ending with Gwyneth Paltrow running happily into the arms of Brad Pitt in the finale? The whole point the original was such a major international success was because of the shocking finale. So why do you accept this kind of shyte remake? Really, avoid this and GET THE ORIGINAL.


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