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Movie Info & Cast


Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan star in this tense, action-packed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat - with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and murder.


  • Gerard Butler
  • Peter Mullan
  • Connor Swindells
  • Søren Malling
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
  • Gary Lewis
  • Ken Drury
  • Roderick Gilkison
  • Emma King
  • John Taylor

Did You Know?


  • Some of the films locations in South West Scotland are filmed at Scotland's most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.
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  • The dog on the island disappears during all fight scenes and also during any scene in which an additional surprise human being appears on the island.
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4.0 out of 5


Jan 3, 2019

Boasting excellent performances by screen veterans Peter Mullan and Gerard Butler, the latter delivering one of his best turns in years, The Vanishing feels familiar in most ways, including its title (the same as George Sluizer's classic Dutch thriller and its mediocre American remake). Nonetheless, the film proves highly effective with its slowly ratcheted up tension and eerie atmospherics.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Jan 1, 2019

The Vanishing manages to shock even as it fails to truly surprise, a movie that takes a worn situation and wrings fresh pain out of it as it reaches — over-reaches — to solve a mystery that is probably even more mysterious than whatever the screenwriter’s cooked up.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
Dec 30, 2018

The Vanishing seems truly troubled by its action violence in a way that many similar thrillers aren’t.

Metacritic review by Henry Stewart
Henry Stewart
Slant Magazine