Critics Consensus

Disappearances benefits from a well-cast Kris Kristofferson in the lead role, but his presence isn't always enough to disguise an increasingly nonsensical story.



Total Count: 20


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Just before the repeal of Prohibition, a father, desperate to save his Vermont farm near the Canadian border, journeys into the Canadian wilderness with his son hoping to score big money on a whiskey-running escapade.

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Kris Kristofferson
as Quebec Bill Bonhomme
Charlie McDermott
as Wild Bill Bonhomme
Gary Farmer
as Henry Coville
William Sanderson
as Rat Kinneson
Heather Rae
as Evangeline
Luis Guzman
as Brother St. Hillaire
John Griesemer
as Brother St. Paul
Rusty De Wees
as Frog Lamundy
Munson Hicks
as Sheriff
Josh Pellerin
as Andre LaChance
Tessa Klein
as Little Gretchen
William Rough
as Bartender
Steve Small
as Origene LaChance
Mark Jenks
as Henchman
Ken Winter
as Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Disappearances

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Audience Reviews for Disappearances

  • Jan 28, 2008
    Honestly, I only rented Disappearances because there were a bunch of old people on the DVD cover and the concept of a Western filled with senior citizens intrigued me. The film didn't really deliver on that, sadly, and what could have been Actual Country for Old Men instead was made into a generic spaghetti flick with a dash of magical realism for flair. The best part of Disappearances by far is the teleporting aunt, because hell, it's a teleporting old woman who spouts off Shakespeare and shoots people. You can't miss the potential in that. Also, the film looks great; even though it was shot on the cheap (budgeted at 1.7 million dollars), the director does an admirable job using natural scenery to create atmosphere. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the unique parts of Disappearances come to a halt. The plot is some hoary nonsense about smuggling whiskey that gets completely dropped in the last twenty minutes of the movie to make way for shit randomly disappearing and some ridiculous subplot about a curse. I guess these seemed like neat elements to include in a Western, but they just didn't fit here. The kid gave probably one of the worst child performances I've ever seen. Every line he delivered took me straight out of the movie, which wasn't that hard in the first place because it's not particularly gripping. They should have just put teleporting lady in his place and the movie would have been ten times better. The rest of the acting isn't bad; I guess Kris Kristofferson is important or something, which is why he ends up doing movies like this, right?
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2007
    I've stated in the past that you have to kiss a lot of frogs when you venture into the realm of independent films. With that said, I must admit that we've had a good run of late and seen some truly outstanding movies. That run came to a screeching halt with this flick and I take full responsibility for having chosen this dog. One has to imagine that it was very well received in whatever art house it played in, but went over with a thud in our house. The two star rating is for the cinematography, set design and with the exception of one particular character and his henchmen, for the costuming.
    Moe E Super Reviewer

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