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The Vanishing (2018)

Keepers (original title)
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Three lighthouse keepers on the remote Flannan Isles find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.

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Kristoffer Nyholm

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Joe Bone, Celyn Jones
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gerard Butler ... James Ducat
Peter Mullan ... Thomas Marshall
Connor Swindells ... Donald McArthur
Søren Malling ... Locke
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Boor
Gary Lewis ... Kenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Drury ... Duncan
Roderick Gilkison ... Galley Hand
Emma King ... Mary
John Taylor ... Fisherman
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Formally known as KEEPERS, The Vanishing is Inspired by the Flannan Isle mystery. A small relief boat approaches the Isle, a tiny isolated island no bigger than a football pitch, 20 miles off a rugged coast. Its aim is to routinely replace the three lighthouse keepers, after 6 weeks alone manning the light. It nears the dock and none of the men greet them. The winch is broken. A call. Nothing. Experienced keepers Thomas, James and Donald have vanished. The lamps are clean and refilled; the table is laid for dinner. There is an upturned chair. Two sets of yellow oilskins are missing...The men were never found. Written by Andy Evans

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What's left when the light goes out?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Trivia

Four different lighthouses were used to create what is seen in the movie as a singular location: Mull of Galloway lighthouse was used for Exterior and interior cottages, lighthouse, lighthouse garden and the headland of the island. Killantrigan lighthouse was used as an interior staircase and side garden Corsewall lighthouse was used for a single interior shot and to create the cliff many of the cliff scenes. Cloch lighthouse, was used for the interior Lightroom as it no longer operational and beautifully preserved. See more »

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The dog on the island disappears during all fight scenes and also during any scene in which an additional surprise human being appears on the island. See more »

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Good old-fashion storytelling
7 January 2019 | by voyou-703-655350See all my reviews

I watched The Vanishing because:

  • It's a period piece
  • I love lighthouses
  • Scotland is gorgeous
  • Lighthouses are even better on an island.
I got all of these, of course, in a classic tale that owes to authors such as Stevenson or Leroux. A pretty good story indeed.

Great cast. Including a very credible Scotsman played by that Greek actor, the one from Sparta.


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