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196 Ratings

The Vanishing

Directed by George Sluizer
United States, 1993
Drama, Horror, Mystery


A man and wife are on vacation and stop at a roadside oasis. The wife goes inside to buy cold drinks, and the husband never sees her again. For three years he is torn by the disappearance, and as his grief subsides his obsession only grows: He must find out what happened to her.

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The Vanishing Directed by George Sluizer

Critics reviews

I’ve always liked to think that Sluizer’s reasons for directing the remake were more than mercenary. Maybe that they mirrored Raymond’s warped but relatable rhetoric. Having created something essentially perfect, the director had to do the most horrible deed he could envision at that moment, which was to deface his masterpiece — and, in the bargain, guarantee its classic status.
September 05, 2018
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I decided to start with the remake, and was surprised by how much I liked it—and perhaps even more surprised, after I re-saw the original, that I still prefer the remake… Casting Jeff Bridges, one of my favourite actors, in [the role of the kidnapper] in the remake (a daring move that pays off handsomely) and beginning the film with this character and his preparations for the abduction is one of the two key factors that won me over…
December 19, 2014
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