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(1993)

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Stanley Kubrick thought The Vanishing (1988) was the most terrifying film he had seen, even more frightening than The Shining (1980). Kubrick called George Sluizer to discuss some of the editing.
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With a $20 million budget, the US remake cost over 10 times as much as The Vanishing (1988).
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The cabin by the lake scenes were filmed at Camp Omache, a Boy Scout summer camp near Monroe, WA.
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Jeff Bridges uses a fake arm cast to lure women into his vehicle. Ted Bundy used the same method in real life.
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Aeryk Egan, who plays the young Barney, also played a young Nelson, Kiefer Sutherland's character in the movie Flatliners (1990).
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In an opinion piece for Dutch magazine De FILMkrant in 1999, director George Sluizer said that he'd initially signed a contractual agreement with 20th Century Fox producer Joe Roth to keep the original ending. When Roth left for Disney during production, the contract was canceled. Negative audience previews during editing led to more changes because viewers had trouble understanding the flashback structure.
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Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock would work together again in A Time to Kill (1996) two years later.
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Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock would work together again in A Time to Kill (1996) three years later.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When George Sluizer was told he could direct an American version of the book "Het Gouden Ei" (which had already been made in the Netherlands as The Vanishing (1988)), he was told that it would only happen if the ending was changed because American audiences wouldn't approve of the original. In the original ending, Jeff leaves Rita without telling where he went. Jeff dies in the coffin, and Barney survives without being caught.
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The American remake was heavily criticized for its happy ending. The Dutch original had a similar ending scripted and shot, but it was never used.
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