The Vanishing


The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.1/10 (10,765 voted)

George Sluizer

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis

Barney teaches chemisty, and is planning to abduct a woman. Despite methodical planning and countless trial runs he always manages to mess things up. Then Diane, who is traveling with her boyfriend Jeff, unwittingly makes herself an easy target. The story is mainly from Jeff's viewpoint, as he searches for Diane. Barney watches him.

Writers: Tim Krabbé, Todd Graff


Jeff Bridges

Barney Cousins

Kiefer Sutherland

Jeff Harriman

Nancy Travis

Rita Baker

Sandra Bullock

Diane Shaver

Park Overall


Maggie Linderman

Denise Cousins

Lisa Eichhorn

Helene Cousins

George Hearn

Arthur Bernard

Lynn Hamilton

Miss Carmichael

Garrett Bennett

Cop at Gas Station

(as Gareth Bennett)

George Catalano

Highway Cop

Frank Girardeau

Cop at Apartment

Stephen Bridgewater

TV Host

(as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)

Susan Barnes


Rich Hawkins


If someone you loved mysteriously vanished how far out of your mind would you go to find them?

Release Date: 5 February 1993

Filming Locations: Bellevue, Washington, USA

Gross: $14,543,394

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The cabin by the lake scenes were filmed at Camp Omache, a Boy Scout summer camp near Monroe, WA.


When in the tunnel, Jeff closes the door when Diane is looking for the flashlight. In the next shot, the door can be see open without anybody opening it..


Cop at Apartment:
How many have you had to drink?

One… after another.

User Review

The original is way better; evidence against the Hollywood film system


This film is way inferior to the Dutch original (the fact that the same
director directed both is another story). This movie has obviously been
toned down for American audiences, which is insulting if you've seen them
both (I stumbled onto the remake on cable late at night). The original is a
thriller in the truest sense of the word, and is far more intelligent,
disturbing, and scary than the Hollywood version. I bet the producers
assumed American audiences couldn't handle disturbing well so they gave us a
more friendly version, very insulting. If you're going to see this version,
make sure you rent the original too and watch it first, just to see how much
the remake pales in comparison. If you don't like psychological, disturbing,
riveting, and no-downbeat-endings in your thrillers, the 1993 version is for
you. But if you want to be truly blown away, the Dutch original is very
highly recommended over this one.