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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Linderman ...
Arthur Bernard
Miss Carmichael
Garrett Bennett ...
Cop at Gas Station
George Catalano ...
Highway Cop
Frank Girardeau ...
Cop at Apartment
TV Host (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
Susan Barnes ...
Rich Hawkins ...


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror and violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rapto  »

Box Office


$14,543,394 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The cabin by the lake scenes were filmed at Camp Omache, a Boy Scout summer camp near Monroe, WA. See more »


Behind the large black truck at the gas station, one crewmember is lying in the street, waving at traffic to pass. See more »


Barney Cousins: Look, I know you think restoring this cabin is a crazy idea, but what if it's not? What if I'm learning about myself as I go, realizing that if I can do this, I can do anything. So I take a step,I think is this crazy, should I stop?... Then I think, not yet, there's always time to turn back, if I want to so, I take another step... and another... and another... until one day I realize I've crossed that line... and there's no turning back.
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Referenced in Breakdown (1997) See more »


Written by Ronald Wilson (as Ron Wilson), Robert Berryhill, James Fuller and Patrick Connolly (as Patrick Connelly)
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Two words: Dutch original
19 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Somehow, everything happened too fast in this movie.. which took away from the suspense and made it so awfully predictable. Trust me, the Dutch original is the way to go.

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