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The Vanishing is a 1993 thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, and Sandra Bullock. It is an Americanmarker English-language remake of a 1988 Franco-Dutch film of the same name, also directed by George Sluizer. This remake was poorly received.


Jeff Harriman's (Kiefer Sutherland) girlfriend Diane Shaver (Sandra Bullock) vanishes at a gas station, with no trace of her left behind. Three years later, and with a new (frustrated) girlfriend, Rita Baker (Nancy Travis), in tow, Jeff is still obsessed with finding out what happened. Barney Cousins (Jeff Bridges) arrives and admits that he was responsible for the disappearance. Cousins promises to show Jeff what happened to Diane, but only if he agrees to go through the exact same thing she did.In a short series of flash-backs, the build-up to the crime is shown. Jeff is taken to the gas station where his lover went missing, and is told that if he drinks a cup of coffee, which has been drugged, and he will discover her fate by experiencing it. He does, and wakes up to find he is being buried alive. (This is where the story ends in the original dutch version of the film.) Nancy has traced him and his abductor to the area, and discovers just in time what has happened. She gets Cousins to drink drugged coffee by talking about his daughter, but does not realise the drug takes fifteen minutes to take effect. She goes in search of Jeff, but is thwarted at the last minute by Cousins. Fortunately, Jeff has revived and is able to climb out of the now slightly destroyed grave and kill his tormentor, beating Cousins to death with the shovel he had used to bury Diane. The film ends with the couple back together, selling the story as a novel to a publishing company - an ending that has been criticised by many as tacky, Hollywood fare.

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