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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 abduction. Over the course of the film, Sutherland's search for Bullock is intercut with footage of Bridges that illustrates his mental illness and his repeated attempts to abduct women.

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Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Barney Cousins
Kiefer Sutherland
as Jeff Harriman
George Hearn
as Bernard
Lynn Hamilton
as Miss Carmichael
George Catalano
as Highway Cop
David Bayle
as Lemorne-Age 16
Lucille Glenn
as Gabrielle
Frank Girardeau
as Cop at Apartment
Raphaeline
as Gisele Marzin
Susan Barnes
as Colleague
Roger Souza
as Manager
Garrett Bennett
as Cop at Gas Station
Andrea Lauren Herz
as 1st Woman on the Street
JoAnne Schmoll
as 2nd Woman on the Street
Allison Barcott
as Woman with Barrette
Aeryk Egan
as Young Barney
James Chesnutt
as Pump Attendant
Danielle Zuckerman
as Little Girl
Floyd Van Buskirk
as Man in Line
Gina Gallante
as Woman in Ladies Room
John Michael Hughes
as Denise's Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Vanishing

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Schematic and unconvincing.

Full Review… | August 12, 2007
Variety
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Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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[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
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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
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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
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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
ReelViews
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
Melvin White

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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
Arash Xak

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½

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.

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