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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:
... Barney Cousins
... Jeff Harriman
... Rita Baker
... Diane Shaver
... Lynn
... Denise Cousins
... Helene Cousins
... Arthur Bernard
... Miss Carmichael
... Cop at Gas Station
... Highway Cop
Frank Girardeau ... Cop at Apartment
... TV Host (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
Susan Barnes ... Colleague
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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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
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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 »

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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

Rita Baker: Jesus, it's loaded!
Jeff Harriman: Well that's usually the part psychos respond to, honey.
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Referenced in The Interview (2000) See more »

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Written by Ray Benson and Tim DuBois
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Courtesy of Arista Records
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The original is way better; evidence against the Hollywood film system
3 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This film is way inferior to the Dutch original (the fact that the same director directed both is another story). This movie has obviously been toned down for American audiences, which is insulting if you've seen them both (I stumbled onto the remake on cable late at night). The original is a thriller in the truest sense of the word, and is far more intelligent, disturbing, and scary than the Hollywood version. I bet the producers assumed American audiences couldn't handle disturbing well so they gave us a more friendly version, very insulting. If you're going to see this version, make sure you rent the original too and watch it first, just to see how much the remake pales in comparison. If you don't like psychological, disturbing, riveting, and no-downbeat-endings in your thrillers, the 1993 version is for you. But if you want to be truly blown away, the Dutch original is very highly recommended over this one.


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