Lawrence O'Toole
August 20, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”The Vanishing” alternatives

Try renting these alternatives:

The Lady Vanishes (1938, Sultan)
Alfred Hitchcock’s sophisticated tale of a woman (Margaret Lockwood) who finds herself enmeshed in intrigue on a train after making friends with an old lady (Dame May Whitty) who inexplicably disappears. A

The Passenger (1975, Warner)
Offering a fadeout of a more existential nature, Michelangelo Antonioni’s film stars Jack Nicholson as a disaffected TV reporter in North Africa who switches his identity with a dead man’s and — psychologically — vanishes. B+

Manhunter (1986, Warner)
Michael Mann’s swift, stylish adaptation of Red Dragon, Thomas Harris’ story of high-tech insanity, features the same kind of meticulous psychopath that Jeff Bridges plays. A

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