The Vanishing (1993)



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George Sluizer's 1992 English-language remake of his 1988 Dutch thriller The Vanishing follows the same plot-line as the original film, yet with one important difference. The film details a young man's (Kiefer Sutherland) search for his girlfriend (Sandra Bullock), who disappeared at a gas station after the couple had a fight. Where the original film didn't reveal what happened to the girlfriend until late into the movie, the 1992 version opens with her kidnapper (Jeff Bridges) plotting his … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Graff, Tim Krabbe, George Sluizer
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On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Barney Cousins

as Jeff Harriman

as Helene

as Bernard

as Miss Carmichael

as Lemorne-Age 16

as Highway Cop

as Cop at Apartment

as Gabrielle

as Colleague

as Gisele Marzin

as Manager

as Cop at Gas Station

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as Woman with Barrette

as Young Barney

as Pump Attendant

as Little Girl

as Man in Line

as Woman in Ladies Room

as Denise's Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Vanishing

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Schematic and unconvincing.

Full Review… | August 12, 2007
Top Critic

Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Screenwriter Todd Graff] duplicates many of the original scenes (particularly the significant gas station ones), but does so mechanically. He jettisons most of the subtleties that made the first film so memorable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Too much of what is good about the original The Vanishing has been eviscerated. If you want quality, see the Dutch version; this one is a pale imitation.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Vanishing

Barney Cousins: To me, to kill is not the worst thing you can imagine. There is more. 

"Obsession is the Ultimate Weapon"

The Vanishing is miles from the amazing original and ends up only making me want to revisit Spoorloos. To be fair though, I didn't necessarily hate this movie until the ending. Sure it had it's problems throughout, but I pretty much expected that. The ending is sure to outrage anyone who has seen and loved the original. It's sad that, in remaking the film, they would decide to end it in the way they did. Obviously it was to appeal to a mass audience who loves a happy ending. 

The cast has some pretty big names. Jeff Bridges, Keifer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock. None of them give very memorable performances and that disappoints me because I do normally enjoy watching all of them. None of them were quite as bad as Nancy Travis though. She was thoroughly unbelievable, just like the movie. Everything just seems off when compared to the original. I can see people who haven't seen Spoorloos liking this based on the fact that they have nothing to compare it to. 

The Vanishing is a great example of a Hollywood team totally destroying everything that was great about the movie it is remaking. Sometimes American remakes can come through; for example Let Me In. The big difference that makes Let Me In a good remake compared to The Vanishing is that it is respectful to the original. The Vanishing changes to many key elements of the film to allow the main ideas to get across. Hopefully this at least has made a few people curious enough about the original, to find and watch it. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Skip this & watch the original one again, Although I was expecting the ridiculous happy-ending but it was still more ridiculous than I thought, It's a pity because I like Sutherland & Bridges

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


A thoroughly exciting psychological thriller. I haven't seen the original version of this movie made some 4-6 years before this movie by the same director with the same name, so I enjoyed it all the more. However, if you get the original one, prefer watching it as the climax has been changed and as per the reviews in general, the first one was better than this one. However, this is also worth a watch if you don't get the original. It wouldn't be advisable to miss this one if you really love movies of thriller genre.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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