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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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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)  »

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$14,543,394 (USA)
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Stanley Kubrick thought George Sluizer's original Spoorloos (1988) was the most terrifying film he had seen, even more frightening than The Shining (1980), and it led to Kubrick phoning the Dutch filmmaker to discuss some of the editing. See more »

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When Jeff starts writing the note to Diane that he's going to look for her, he puts no dash after "Di". Yet when you see him put the note on the windshield, there is now a dash after Di, and the handwriting is different. See more »

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Barney Cousins: I don't need a gun. Your obsession is my weapon.
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Referenced in Father Ted: Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse (1998) 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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The original is way better; evidence against the Hollywood film system
3 December 1998 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

This film is way inferior to the Dutch original (the fact that the same director directed both is another story). This movie has obviously been toned down for American audiences, which is insulting if you've seen them both (I stumbled onto the remake on cable late at night). The original is a thriller in the truest sense of the word, and is far more intelligent, disturbing, and scary than the Hollywood version. I bet the producers assumed American audiences couldn't handle disturbing well so they gave us a more friendly version, very insulting. If you're going to see this version, make sure you rent the original too and watch it first, just to see how much the remake pales in comparison. If you don't like psychological, disturbing, riveting, and no-downbeat-endings in your thrillers, the 1993 version is for you. But if you want to be truly blown away, the Dutch original is very highly recommended over this one.


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