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The Vanishing (1993)

The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Lynn
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Arthur Bernard
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Miss Carmichael
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Cop at Gas Station
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Highway Cop
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Cop at Apartment
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Susan Barnes ...
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Rich Hawkins ...
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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  »

Box Office

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$14,543,394 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick thought George Sluizer's original The Vanishing (1988) was the most terrifying film he had seen, even more frightening than The Shining (1980), and it led to Kubrick phoning the Dutch filmmaker to discuss some of the editing. See more »

Goofs

When Barney goes to Jeff's apartment there's a nice artistic touch...the reflection of his face in the outside car mirror as he gets out of the car. The problem is that in order to make that shot work the mirror had to be aimed at the sky...making it useless when driving. 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 Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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COPACABANA
Written by Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman
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WATCH THE ORIGINAL NOT THIS POINTLESS REMAKE!
20 May 1999 | by (the ether) – See all my reviews

I don't get this. Either the studios think that US audiences must be protected from downbeat endings or hollywood just likes to spit in the face of the cast and producers of the orignal Dutch version (Spoorloos). What is the point of messing with a perfect film? This remake is an insult to the actors in the original - and the american actors in the remake should apologise for stealing the roles that were performed so well by europeans. WATCH THE ORIGINAL NOT THIS POINTLESS REMAKE!


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