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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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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

Aeryk Egan, who plays the young Barney, also played a young Nelson, Kiefer Sutherland's character in the movie Flatliners (1990). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Barney Cousins: To me, to kill is not the worst thing you can imagine. There is more.
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Connections

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

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QUITTIN' TIME
Written by Ray Benson and Tim DuBois
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Courtesy of Arista Records
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America didn't have the right to do this to a perfect story
27 February 2005 | by NetherlandSee all my reviews

When George Sluizer was told he could direct an American version of the book "Het Gouden Ei"/the movie "Spoorloos"(outside Holland, this movie has the name "the Vanishing" too), he was told that this would only go through if the ending was changed - He was told that 'the American Audience' wouldn't approve the original ending. Of course, the original ending is much better, and without it, the movie loses its impact. Because I have already put this in the trivia section, I won't give the original ending and keep my comment spoiler-free. If you want to know the original ending, watch "Spoorloos" or read the book. This movie is absolute rubbish, and the first Kiefer Sutherland movie I don't like. Watch the original Dutch movie, which is one of the best thrillers in the world.


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