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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)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror and violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,009,928, 7 February 1993

Gross USA:

$14,543,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,543,394
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock would work together again in A Time to Kill (1996) two years later. See more »

Goofs

When Barney goes to Jeff's apartment, the reflection of his face in the outside car mirror as he gets out of the car would only be possible if the mirror was aimed at the sky, making it useless when driving. See more »

Quotes

Helene Cousins: Look, he put up a new one. I heard him on Talk Radio. Every month he puts up a new one.
Barney Cousins: Every 30 days, you could set your watch by it.
Helene Cousins: He must have loved her very much.
Barney Cousins: ...I do admire his perseverance.
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Connections

Referenced in American Nightmare (2002) See more »

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COPACABANA
Written by Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman
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Hmmm...2 versions. Which should I watch?
21 August 1999 | by SuperMovieFanaticSee all my reviews

As everyone who has reviewed this film here has mentioned, there are two versions of this movie, one Dutch, one American, both directed by the same fellow. Which should you see first? Which should you avoid, if any? Decide for yourself... I saw the Dutch version in 1994, and it absolutely blew my socks off. I was horrified, didn't want to keep watching it, but I was pulled in and couldn't stop until the brilliant, ultra-chilling, uncompromising finale. This was my first foreign film, and so I was completely unprepared for such a non-Hollywood experience. I will remember this movie for the rest of my life. Later on, I caught the American version in the theatres, watched it, a few thrills here and there, yadda, yadda. Jeff Bridges was pretty creepy, but quite frankly, I would have completely forgotten about it by now if it weren't for the original. It's not horrible, it just pales in comparison to a masterpiece.


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