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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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Lynn
Maggie Linderman ...
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Arthur Bernard
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Miss Carmichael
Garrett Bennett ...
Cop at Gas Station
George Catalano ...
Highway Cop
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Cop at Apartment
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TV Host (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
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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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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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(at around 9 mins) Barney is in his car, parked, facing downhill on the north side of Pine St., between Pike Place and 1st Ave. at the Pike Place Public Market. As he sees the attractive woman approaching up the hill toward him, he exits the car, approaches her and asks her where the post office is. She tells him it is a mile "up" and off of Hanley. From their location, up the hill to 1st. ave., drive two more blocks east to 3rd ave., turn right to the south, proceed two blocks south and at the intersection, on the south east corner is the post office.

There is no post office in Seattle "off of "Hanley St." See more »

Quotes

Jeff Harriman: The police - they laugh at me. I'm a joke to them.
Rita Baker: I'm beginning to see their point.
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Referenced in The Interview (2000) See more »

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COPACABANA
Written by Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman
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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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