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

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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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$14,543,394 (USA)
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Kubrick thought Sluizer's 'The Vanishing' the most terrifying film he had seen-even more frightening than 'The Shining,' and it led to Kubrick 'phoning the Dutch filmmaker to discuss editing. See more »

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Barney Cousins: What's this? Wuthering Heights? Denise, is it not sufficent that while you shall be at peace, I shall ride in the torments of hell?
Denise Cousins: ...It's romantic.
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America didn't have the right to do this to a perfect story
27 February 2005 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When George Sluizer was told he could direct an American version of the book "Het Gouden Ei"/the movie "Spoorloos"(outside Holland, this movie has the name "the Vanishing" too), he was told that this would only go through if the ending was changed - He was told that 'the American Audience' wouldn't approve the original ending. Of course, the original ending is much better, and without it, the movie loses its impact. Because I have already put this in the trivia section, I won't give the original ending and keep my comment spoiler-free. If you want to know the original ending, watch "Spoorloos" or read the book. This movie is absolute rubbish, and the first Kiefer Sutherland movie I don't like. Watch the original Dutch movie, which is one of the best thrillers in the world.


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