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The Lady Vanishes -- The Lady Vanishes is a stunning adaptation of the classic 1930s thriller. Iris Carr is traveling across Europe by train when she befriends Miss Froy, an elderly English woman. But when she wakes up from a few hours' sleep, Miss Froy has vanished. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris fights to discover the fate of Miss Froy - and prove that she's not going mad.


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18 August 2013 (USA) See more »
While traveling by train, a young socialite is befriended by a charming yet enigmatic older woman; however, when the woman disappears, the other passengers deny she ever existed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A neat pairing with the 1938 Hitchcock Masterpiece See more (19 total) »


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Tuppence Middleton ... Iris Carr

Keeley Hawes ... Mrs. Todhunter / Laura Parmiter

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Mr. Todhunter / Sir Peveril
Sandy McDade ... Mrs. Barnes

Pip Torrens ... Reverend Kenneth Barnes

Stephanie Cole ... Evelyn Floodporter

Gemma Jones ... Rose Floodporter

Benedikte Hansen ... The Baroness

Jesper Christensen ... The Doctor
Selina Cadell ... Miss Froy

Tom Hughes ... Max Hare

Alex Jennings ... The Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Aitken ... Charlie
Paolo Antonio ... Border Guard
Beatrix Biro ... Nurse
Marta Bolfan ... Blonde Woman (as Marta Bolfan Ugljen)
Vilmos Cservenák ... Ticket Master
Zsuzsa David ... Frau Kummer

Emerald Fennell ... Odette
Balázs Galkó ... Station Porter

Daniel Gosling ... Freddie
István Gyurity ... Father in Carriage
Zsuzsa Kalmar ... Mother in Carriage
Gábor Krausz ... Ticket Officer
Lili Lakos ... Girl in Carriage

Tamás Lengyel ... Julij

Daisy Lewis ... Diana
András Attila Lukács ... Male Nurse (as Andras Lukács)
Csaba Mokany ... Waiter
Balázs Mózes ... Customs Officer
Nandor Szilagyi ... Shepherd
Csaba Zöld ... Concierge
Katharine Bubbear ... English Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Diarmuid Lawrence 
Writing credits
Fiona Seres (screenplay)

Ethel Lina White (novel "The Wheel Spins")

Produced by
Margaret Conway .... line producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: Masterpiece
Anne Pivcevic .... executive producer
Ann Tricklebank .... producer
Ildiko Kemeny .... production executive: Hungary, Pioneer Pictures (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Lunn 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Head 
Casting by
Katalin Baranyi 
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Susie Cullen 
Art Direction by
Justin Warburton-Brown 
Set Decoration by
Zsuzsa Mihalek 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Rita Balla .... makeup artist
Szandra Bíró .... make-up and hair
Krisztina Fehér .... makeup supervisor
Jánosné Kajtár .... hair & make up
Production Management
Zsofi Oblath .... assistant production manager
Maria Ungor .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Dall .... first assistant director
Szonja Szekerák .... second second assistant director
Tamás Vass .... second assistant director
Norbert Vilonya .... third assistant director
Art Department
Dávid Breier .... property master
Jonathan Houlding .... set designer
József Kiss .... construction manager
Moni Kovacs .... art department coordinator
Tamás Novák .... painter
Lajos E. Szabó .... standby construction
Dávid Szekeres .... set dresser
Krisztina Szücsy .... drapes master
Béla Tollay .... standby props
James Wakefield .... set designer
Sound Department
Ben Brazier .... foley mixer
Robert Brazier .... foley recordist
Pietro Dalmasso .... sound effects editor
Simon Diggins .... adr mixer
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Mac Ruth .... sound recordist
Mihailo Stevanovic .... utility sound technician
Mike Tehrani .... adr recordist
Balazs Varga .... boom operator
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Håkan Blomdahl .... visual effects
Elin Kothe .... visual effects
Malin Leuchovius .... visual effects coordinator
Linus Lindbalk .... matte painter
Linus Lindbalk .... visual effects
Martin Malmqvist .... visual effects supervisor
Simon Martinsson .... visual effects
Daniel Nielsen .... visual effects
Timo Närhi .... visual effects
Magnus Olsson .... visual effects
Gustav Törnroth .... visual effects
Sean Wheelan .... visual effects producer
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Viktoria Zambo .... stunt double: Tuppence Middleton
Camera and Electrical Department
Csaba Bankhardt .... grip
Krisztián Galanics .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
István Gottmann .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Hembrough .... camera/steadicam operator
Csaba Nemesházi .... second assistant camera
Viktor Racsek .... dimmer board operator
Imre Sisa .... key grip
Péter Rácz Tiger .... digital imaging technician
Animation Department
Alasdair Willson .... title sequence: animator
Casting Department
Katalin Baranyi .... casting director: Hungary
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andi Bencsik .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
David Chisholm .... on-line editor
Eve Doherty .... assistant editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
László Kiss .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Györgi Andréka .... head animal coordinator
Tom Bromwich .... titles producer
Krisztina Hegyi .... medical coordinator
Amy Horkay .... production coordinator
Kontoroll Kft .... location auditor
Ágnes Kun .... production accountant: Hungary
Richard McNeill .... production accountant
Andrea Nagy .... cashier
János Papp .... health & safety advisor
Andrew Popplestone .... title sequence director & designer
Csaba Veres .... assistant production accountant
Gabriella Winkler .... script supervisor

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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A neat pairing with the 1938 Hitchcock Masterpiece, 30 March 2013
Author: alfa-16 from Rural Kent, UK

For comparison, I have always hankered after another, more faithful adaptation of Strangers on a Train. The Highsmith original is on a completely different psychological plane to Hitchcock's superb adaptation, which plays with the banality of evil theme but adds ticking, suspenseful timebombs and a hero who may have moments of weakness but triumphs in the end.

The 2013 version of The Lady Vanishes will have to do instead. It is NOT a remake nor a version of nor even based on the Hitchcock film. Far from it. Bemoaning the absence of Charters and Caldicott misses the point entirely. This film is a much straighter adaptation of Hitchcock's original source material, The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White.

Even if this new production were rubbish, as a close adaptation of the original source, it would still offer worthwhile study by providing an illustration of how much craft the master added to create one of the best films of the 1930's. Let's face it, no one has read the novel. Hitch turns an essay in nervousness about more trouble in the Balkans into an appeasement era allegory of the difficulty of shaking people out of an apathetic response to tyranny and the virtues of resistance, all dressed in beautifully tailored cinematic clothes that will last forever.

Diarmuid Lawrence's The Lady Vanishes, however, is very far from rubbish. It has a powerful, beautifully judged central performance from an actress who, unlike Cybill Shepherd in what WAS a remake in 1979, is in the same class as Margaret Lockwood.

In the initial scenes she is part of a group of what the newspapers called Bright Young Things but Evelyn Waugh called Vile Bodies. She is able to stand out from her awful, shallow friends, however, with suggestions of an open mind and a wider view of the world. Without falling into clichés, Middleton distances herself in an afternoon and evening of misbehaviour then separates herself entirely by staying behind when her friends leave.

This turns out to be an empty gesture. After a failed attempt at adventure, she immediately returns to type missing her friends, refusing offers of company, throwing money around at the locals and falling back into the character of a rude, spoilt mademoiselle, shorn of her comforts.

This sets up the irony of her behaviour on the train when she finally discovers what it is that is truly different about her. However now, for a variety of reasons, people who can see the difference can't acknowledge it and people who can't see the difference misinterpret her. The only person who has understood her correctly has vanished. Lawrence's version holds on to this subtle psychological setup much longer than Hitchcock's. Those who think she's hysterical plot to sedate her. Those who know she isn't, hide themselves.

Middleton's work is a real treat. The rest of the cast may not have enough to work with (one of the reasons why Hitchcock conducted a major rewrite). And instead of a graceful denouement, the action does rather hit the buffers at the end of the line. Very nice lwork in the last scene, though, more reminiscent of North by North West.

However, despite a few shortcomings, this is a neat piece of period drama in its own right and casts a bright and valuable sidelight on Hitchcock's work as an adapter.

No one should put off by misguided criticism that it fails to live up to Lockwood and Redgrave. Unlike the 1979 rehash, it has earned its place on the shelf next to the Hitchcock version of the same novel.

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