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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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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Lynn
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Arthur Bernard
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Miss Carmichael
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Cop at Gas Station
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El rapto  »

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$14,543,394 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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With a budget set at $20 million, this US remake cost over 10 times what George Sluizer's original Dutch version had in 1988. See more »

Goofs

There is clearly no power cord attached to the Macintosh computer. See more »

Quotes

Barney Cousins: You don't care if she's alive or dead anymore.
Jeff Harriman: Yes I do.
Jeff Harriman: No you don't. You're just scared that without the search you won't know who you are. Who is Jeff Harriman, if he's not the guy looking for Diane? Can you really walk away from finally knowing the answer?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Night of Horror (2011) See more »

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WIPE OUT
Written by Ronald Wilson (as Ron Wilson), Robert Berryhill, James Fuller and Patrick Connolly (as Patrick Connelly)
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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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