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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.

Director:

George Sluizer

Writers:

Tim Krabbé (novel), Todd Graff (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Barney Cousins
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jeff Harriman
Nancy Travis ... Rita Baker
Sandra Bullock ... Diane Shaver
Park Overall ... Lynn
Maggie Linderman ... Denise Cousins
Lisa Eichhorn ... Helene Cousins
George Hearn ... Arthur Bernard
Lynn Hamilton ... Miss Carmichael
Garrett Bennett ... Cop at Gas Station
George Catalano ... Highway Cop
Frank Girardeau Frank Girardeau ... Cop at Apartment
Stephen Bridgewater ... TV Host (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Colleague
Rich Hawkins Rich Hawkins ... Stan
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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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Obsession is the Ultimate Weapon See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rapto See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,543,394
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges uses a fake arm cast to entice women into his vehicle - this is exactly the same method used by Ted Bundy in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff and Barney first meet and Jeff throws Barney down the stairs, it can be seen that the stunt double's face is blurred out. See more »

Quotes

Barney Cousins: I don't need a gun. Your obsession is my weapon.
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Connections

Referenced in Six Feet Under: The Dare (2004) See more »

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COPACABANA
Written by Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman
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A good film, but...
7 July 2001 | by jcatlSee all my reviews

Though I found The Vanishing a really interesting movie, I recommend checking out the original, the 1988 Dutch film Spoorloos. It's far creepier than the "Americanized" version. I was never a big fan of foreign films before Spoorloos, but that movie introduced me to a whole new aisle at the video store.


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