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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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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)  »

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El rapto  »

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$14,543,394
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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 »

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When Barney and Jeff are fighting on the stairs, one of the metal chairs on a landing is knocked down several steps. As Jeff continues to kick Barney, the shot clearly shows the chair is back on the landing in its original position next to a door. See more »

Quotes

Rita Baker: She's gone, Jeff. She's gone. You may never know how or why, you just have to learn to accept that.
Jeff Harriman: If Diane were here right now, I'd ask you to marry me. But the truth is, if I could turn back the clock to that day at the gas station just once, I would. Just to find out.
Rita Baker: It's not good enough. If you ever want to move on with your life, if you ever want to be happy again, if you ever want to really live,then this is your chance! I love you! But I have to know you feel the same, or else I'm gone...
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Referenced in Breakdown (1997) See more »

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WIPE OUT
Written by Ronald Wilson (as Ron Wilson), Robert Berryhill, James Fuller and Patrick Connolly (as Patrick Connelly)
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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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