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The Vanishing (1988)

Spoorloos (original title)
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director:

George Sluizer

Writers:

Tim Krabbé (novel), Tim Krabbé (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets ... Rex Hofman
Johanna ter Steege ... Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus Gwen Eckhaus ... Lieneke
Bernadette Le Saché Bernadette Le Saché ... Simone Lemorne
Tania Latarjet Tania Latarjet ... Denise
Lucille Glenn Lucille Glenn ... Gabrielle
Roger Souza Roger Souza ... Manager
Caroline Appéré Caroline Appéré ... Cashier
Pierre Forget ... Farmer Laurent
Didier Rousset Didier Rousset ... TV Journalist
Raphaëline Goupilleau Raphaëline Goupilleau ... Gisele Marzin (as Raphaëline)
Robert Lucibello Robert Lucibello ... Teacher
David Bayle David Bayle ... Lemorne (16 Years)
Doumee Doumee ... Lady 'Prisunic' (as Doumée)
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Storyline

Rex and Saskia are on holiday, a young couple in love. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia disappears. Rex dedicates the next three years trying to find her. Then he receives some postcards from her abductor, who promises to reveal what has happened to Saskia. The abductor, Raymond Lemorne, is a chilling character to whom Rex is drawn by his intense desire to learn the truth behind his lovers disappearance. The truth is more sinister than he dared imagine. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

Dutch | French | English

Release Date:

27 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vanishing See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Krabbe wrote the book that inspired this film, "The Golden Egg." He also wrote the screenplay for "The Vanishing." For many years he was a competitive bicycle racer - hence the presence of two bicycles in this film. He authored what many consider to be the definitive book about bicycle racing, "The Ride." In Holland, his home country, he is a chess grand master and still active in the cycling community. See more »

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When in the car with his daughter, Raymonde leans over and locks the passenger door, but seconds later the button is no longer pushed down. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Lemorne: The best plans can be wiped out at any moment by what we call fate. I confess, that saddens me.
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Genuinely eerie and mesmerizing Dutch thriller.
4 March 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A married couple stops on holiday at a gas station during a busy summer's day.It's warm and sunny.However the woman vanishes without trace.For the next three years her partner lives in turmoil without knowing what happened on that fateful day.That changes when the abductor contacts him and promises to reveal what happened on that day.Be careful what you wish for, because a mild-mannered chemistry professor hides a terrible secret.Eerie and slow-moving thriller in the vein of Robert Fuest memorable "And Soon the Darkness".I remember seeing it during early 90's on Polish television.The final revelation is genuinely chilling.The main performances are genuinely brilliant and the plot unfolds with intense precision.9 out of 10.


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