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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

Writers:

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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The actual location where the mystery began was in the Flannan Islands, approximately twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides island of Lewis, in Scotland. The small island where the lighthouse is situated is called Eilean Mor. On, or about, December 15, 1900, three lighthouse keepers stationed on Eilean Mor, Thomas Marshall, James Ducat and Donald MacArthur, mysteriously vanished without a trace, and speculation as to what became of the three men is still rife after almost 118 years. 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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A man's movie, tense and thoughtful
14 January 2019 | by mformoviesandmoreSee all my reviews

What a breath of fresh air. I don't mean the literal air on these desolate island but a movie without an intrusive soundtrack or where the producers have made sure every scene is fully explained to a dumb audience.

A stark production from a director moving up from TV for the first time and showing talent in the way that Spielberg did with Duel.

Strong acting from a small bunch of blokes in a claustrophobic environment.


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