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The Vanishing (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  5 February 1993 (USA)
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The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

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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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If someone you loved mysteriously vanished how far out of your mind would you go to find them? See more »


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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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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 what happened to Diane.
Barney Cousins: Then you'll want to listen to the story, and you'll want to listen carefully because sometimes the Devil is in the details.
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Hmmm...2 versions. Which should I watch?
21 August 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

As everyone who has reviewed this film here has mentioned, there are two versions of this movie, one Dutch, one American, both directed by the same fellow. Which should you see first? Which should you avoid, if any? Decide for yourself... I saw the Dutch version in 1994, and it absolutely blew my socks off. I was horrified, didn't want to keep watching it, but I was pulled in and couldn't stop until the brilliant, ultra-chilling, uncompromising finale. This was my first foreign film, and so I was completely unprepared for such a non-Hollywood experience. I will remember this movie for the rest of my life. Later on, I caught the American version in the theatres, watched it, a few thrills here and there, yadda, yadda. Jeff Bridges was pretty creepy, but quite frankly, I would have completely forgotten about it by now if it weren't for the original. It's not horrible, it just pales in comparison to a masterpiece.


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