The Vanishing

The Vanishing

George Sluizer (1993)

105min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hollywood has a fine tradition of trampling over foreign classics, but this rankles more than most, mainly because the director of the outstanding, original European version, Dutchman George Sluizer, is also behind the lens for this remake. Kiefer Sutherland is the troubled holidaymaker whose girlfriend vanishes without a trace at a service station. His obsessive search for her leads him to eccentric teacher Jeff Bridges, who may or may not hold the key to the mystery. Although Sluizer doesn't deviate far from the original story, except in the travesty of the ending, he fails to sustain the icy air of menace of the first film, and the movie is further unhinged by a bizarre, over-the-top performance from the normally reliable Bridges. Rent the original on video instead.

Summary

A man becomes obsessed with his girlfriend's mysterious disappearance and embarks on an epic three-year quest to discover her whereabouts, unaware the man responsible is watching his every move. Director George Sluizer's US remake of his French thriller, starring Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis and Sandra Bullock.

Cast & Crew

Barney Cousins Jeff Bridges
Jeff Harriman Kiefer Sutherland
Rita Baker Nancy Travis
Diane Shaver Sandra Bullock
Lynn Park Overall
Denise Cousins Maggie Linderman
Helene Lisa Eichhorn
Arthur Bernard George Hearn
Director George Sluizer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its language and contains violence. Available on: video and DVD
Drama