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The Vanishing | 1993 | R | - 0.7.6

Hollywood remake of the eponymous 1988 French/Dutch film, about a man obsessed with learning the fate of a girlfriend who vanished without a trace, and his encounter with a strange man who claims to have the answer. Kiefer Sutherland is the obsessed man, and Jeff Bridges is his nemesis.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - No notable nudity or sexual scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There's a violent fist fight, with blood. A butcher knife is used to stab a person in the gut, and there are a couple of good cracks across the back of the head with two-by-fours and the flat of a shovel. And, for good measure, there's a decapitation with the shovel blade. Sutherland gets buried alive, and we are given a point-of-view shot.


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LANGUAGE 6 - Three F-words and four scatological terms.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Obsessiveness, the amorality of psychotic behavior.

MESSAGE - Watch your back, and your loved ones. Evil can be random.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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