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The vanishing
Sluizer, George.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY?] : Criterion Collection, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
During a road trip with her husband, a woman is abducted by a methodical, calculating psychopath. Her husband becomes obsessed with learning her fate, and neither time nor the love of another woman can end his tormented quest.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988.

Based on the novel The golden egg by Tim Krabbé.

Includes original theatrical trailer.

Format :


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DVD 3795 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
DVD 3795 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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Based on Time Krabbe's The Golden Egg, The Vanishing is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a young man's search for his girlfriend after she disappears at a rest stop during a short trip. Over the course of three years, the man obsessively searches for her, using his spare time to put up posters and leave handbills, hoping that someone will give him a clue to the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The kidnapper, having watched the man for some time, is intrigued by his increasing obsession and finally contacts him. He then gives the man the opportunity to learn firsthand of his girlfriend's fate. The film, frightening and moving with a chilling conclusion, is a small masterpiece as director George Sluizer confronts and examines the true nature of evil and obsession. Sluizer remade The Vanishing in an American version four years after the release of the original Dutch film, inexplicably changing the shocking ending which gave the original film such power. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

The old admonition about being careful what you wish for takes on grave implications in director George Sluizer's gripping thriller in which a young woman suddenly goes missing while vacationing with her boyfriend. Three years later, the man's obsessive quest leads him to the abductor who grants his wish to learn what happened. In a rarity, Sluizer got to direct the 1993 Hollywood remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland, which was passable until the revised finale catered to American audience expectations. [See Trailers, LJ 9/1/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.