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The Vanishing (1993)

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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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5 February 1993 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

When in the tunnel, Jeff closes the door when Diane is looking for the flashlight. In the next shot, the door can be see open without anybody opening it.. See more »

Quotes

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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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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