The Vanishing

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): George Sluizer
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min


Thirty-seven minutes and 15 seconds.

I'm gonna stay within a

30-mile area of the cabin.

Excuse me, miss.

Yes, I'm sorry to bother you.

I'm looking for the post office.

You are? Would you like

me to give you a lift?

What? Please.


Oh, sh*t!

Excuse me, I just...

Hi, Dad.

- What are you reading?

- Nothing.

Wuthering Heights?

"Catherine, is it not sufficient

that while you're at peace...

I shall ride in the

torments of hell?"


It's romantic!

If they can put it

in a book, it's not.

Romance has to be secret.

Do you have a girlfriend?

I mean, fixing the cabin...

I'm not stupid, you know.

I wouldn't blame you

for cheating on Mother.

That's not a nice

thing to say, is it?

Got your nose. Haven't you

ever played Got Your Nose?

Don't make a face when you

see it. Imagine it fixed up.

Daddy? How many stars are there?

They're infinite.

There are so many...

and so far away...

that they can't be counted.

You'd never get to the end.



You hungry?

Open the picnic basket.

It's all right. They're only spiders.

They can't hurt you.

Hey, Barney!

Hi, Stan!

Were you here at

your place last night?

- Yeah, why?

- I thought I heard screams.

Like a child.

I didn't hear a thing.

Have a nice day.

Miss, can you tell me how

to get to the post office?

Yeah, sure.

You go straight down, about a mile.

- It's off Handley.

- That's what I couldn't remember.

Thanks. Are you going that way?

- I can give you a lift.

- No, it's okay. Excuse me.



- Excuse me, miss?

- Go away.

- Can you tell me how to...?

- Don't bother me!



Are you having an affair?

I love you.

I love Denise.

I know you think restoring

this cabin is a crazy idea...

but what if it's not?

What if I'm learning about myself...

realizing that if I can do this,

I can do anything?

So I take a step.

I think, "Is this crazy?

Should I stop?"

Then I think:

"Not yet.

There's always time to turn back...

if I want to."

So I take another step...

and another...

and another...

until one day I realize that...

I've crossed that line...

and there's no turning back.

Let's get out of here.

- What? This is what we came for.

- Let's go.

We didn't drive from Seattle

just to go back home.


- Where do you wanna go?

- Nowhere.

- Don't sulk.

- I'm not sulking.

We're on vacation.


There must be other

disaster areas to go to.

- What was that?

- Nothing.

- Oh, come on! No!

- Sh*t!


I don't believe this.

I told you we needed gas.

- It happened, okay?

- It's not okay.

Why are you so upset?

Nobody can see us until

they are on top of us!

Why didn't you stop?

We passed 10 places!

They can see us fine, okay, Diane?

Oh, God!

- Oh, God! No!

- Just calm down.

- Should we push it?

- Let's go.

I'll get the flashlight.

- Flashlight? Jesus Christ, Di!

- Find it!

- What are you gonna do with it?

- You go.

You'll never find

anything in that mess.

- Jeff, I'll find it!

- I'm going!

Jeff, don't leave me alone!


I shouldn't have left you.

I lost my head.

I don't know why I did it.

I love you.

I'm sorry.

That's 15 bucks.



Okay, let's go home.

No, park the car. Park the car.


Now repeat after me.


- I...

- I...

- ...Jeff Harriman...

- ...Jeff Harriman...

- ...swear that the wonderful...

- ...swear that the wonderful...

the exquisite and sweet...

The potentially sweet...

The always sweet...

- ...Diane Shaver...

- The always sweet Diane Shaver...

Will never be left by me again.

Will never be left by me again.

Till death do us part.

Till death do us part.

That makes it feel so official.

- I love you.

- I love you.

- You all right?

- Mm-hm.

I forgot. I have a present for you.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

This is great!

I wanted to give it

to you tonight, but...

I screwed it up.

"Forever, Diane."

I don't smoke.

For you to light my cigarette.

- What?

- I wanna drive.

I have to go to the bathroom.

You want anything? Soda pop, beer?

Beer. That'd be great.


What the hell is taking her so long?

Oh, the keys.


Hey! This is the ladies' room!



I'm looking for my girlfriend.

I've got a picture I took today.

She's wearing this.

- Yes, I did see her.

- When?

Half-hour ago. She was

over by the lotto machine.

Was she alone?

Did she talk to anyone?

You know how many people

pass through here?

No cutting in line!

My girlfriend's disappeared.

Has anyone seen her?

Please. Anybody?

We pulled in, we got gas.

We then parked in that space.

She came into the store.

That's when she disappeared.

Did you fight recently?

Wasn't a fight. It was a thing.

- A thing?

- Don't you have a girlfriend?

Yeah, and if I think

something's just a thing...

you can bet she'll

think it's a fight.

I'll make a report,

but give it 24 hours...

No, listen to me!

She has disappeared!

Something happened to her.

It's not a lovers' quarrel.

I urge you to move your

face back to where it was.

Now, I know you're upset.

If I get information indicating

foul play, I'll proceed.

But for now, you better go home.

That's it?

I've had him in my class.

He's a complete failure.

I know, but probably not a total

lost cause. Please, I just...

Look, he put up a new one.

I heard him on the radio.

Every month he replaces the posters.

Every 30 days.

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Todd Graff

Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his 2003 independent film Camp and his role as Alan "Hippy" Carnes in the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss. more…

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