The Lady Vanishes NR

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A diverse group of people are forced to unite when one of their passengers disappears. Slapstick combined with mystery make this a thrilling and chilling ride for characters and audiences alike.

Starring:
Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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The Lady Vanishes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Romance, Action, Mystery, Comedy
Director Anthony Page
Starring Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd
Supporting actors Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Ian Carmichael, Gerald Harper, Jenny Runacre, Jean Anderson, Madlena Nedeva, Madge Ryan, Rosalind Knight, Vladek Sheybal, Wolf Kahler, Barbara Markham, Jonathan Hachett, Gary McDermott, Jacki Harding, Hillevi, John Alkin
Studio ITV Global Entertainment Ltd
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Customer Reviews

This movie is lighthearted good fun.
Michael Poirier
This remake of a classic is better than the original!
Rocco
Note that I said "fun," I did not say "good."
K. Harris

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on June 13, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Update: Thankfully, a much cheaper DVD has been released for this movie in the United States.

Why pay the $125 quoted here when this entertaining thriller is readily available on DVD from Region 2 (Europe) retailers. Armed with a region-free player and you have access to a whole wealth of movies that are not released yet in Region 1 for example HIGH ROAD TO CHINA (Region 2), SILVER BEARS (Region 4) and THE FOURTH PROTOCOL (Region 2) to name just a few.

In regards to this entertaining movie I actually prefer this version to the original Hitchcock classic, it is made highly enjoyable and entertaining due to the presence of so many famous faces from British and American television. Witness the two cricket fans - who can watch this scene and not think about the two actors in their familiar DAD'S ARMY roles?

Cybill Shepherd would later go on to much success in the show MOONLIGHTING and of course Angela Lansbury eventually found worldwide fame for her turn as the female sleuth in MURDER SHE WROTE. Here Lansbury plays a nanny turned spy who is attempting to get back to Britain with some vital information.

Set in pre-WWII Germany this movie chronicles the trip of Cybill Shepherds character back to the UK to be reunited with her fiance. On the train she befriends a Ms. Froy and another American (played by Elliott Gould). However, things go awry when Ms. Froy seemingly vanishes into thin air and nobody on the train seems to have any memory of her. Is Shepherds character losing her marbles - Gould certainly seems to think so...that is until he spots something out of the train window for a fleeting second.

Its a superb story and very satisfying. I really enjoy this charming thriller.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very effective remake of Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES, Alfred Hitchcock's last British-made movie before plying his trade in America.

Cybill Shepherd plays madcap heiress Amanda, who gets caught up in a whirlwind adventure of danger and espionage, when her train companion Miss Froy (Angela Lansbury) mysteriously disappears en route through Germany.

Unbeknownst to Amanda and the rest of the passengers, the seemingly innocent and quaint Miss Froy is on a mission to deliver an important code to the British Intelligence. The decision to place the story at the eve of World War 2 makes the adventure and tension even more palpable.

Cybill Shepherd and Elliott Gould put a refreshing 'screwball' spin to their performances while Angela Lansbury is sensational as Miss Froy. The rest of the cast includes Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Rosalind Knight, Ian Carmichael and Madge Ryan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 8, 2013
Format: DVD
A Romantic Comedy version of a Hitchcock classic- with script by a comedy writer
First off, before you read any reviews of this DVD, I want to point out that Amazon has a strange ;policy of grouping ALL releases of a title together even though they have been remastered. So it is important to always click the "Newest Review First" button. You will see reviews here going back to 2010 when the item I am reviewing is the August 2013 reissue from VCI Entertainment. With that said, I'll move on.

The original film version of this film was made in the late 1930s by Alfred Hitchcock in black and white. This new version is, not only in color - and in wide screen Panavision (so you'll have black bars on top and bottom of image even on a 16:9 wide screen TV) - but has a "slightly altered plot" (as the package states. While Hitchcock went for the "mystery" this film goes for the sexuality , comedy and action. Honestly, I'm still not sure why the "lady" (Angela Lansbury) vanished! The script is really a romantic comedy, filmed in England, with two American actors (Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd) in the leads.
The film looks GORGEOUS with beautiful photography - and Shepherd is definitely not bad on the eyes either. She is - as Gould's NY Times reporter (who, for no explained reason, carries a gun that can fire off 25 or 30 rounds!) describes her "a gorgeous young blonde heiress who doesn't wear a brassiere". As for that last word, she doesn't and is in the same dress throughout the whole film (guess the budget couldn't afford more.). As I said, there is lots of humor in the film from two British gents who come off like Music Hall comedians.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Moore on September 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
09/19/01 - I saw this movie (1979) version for the first time this morning on Showtime. I really enjoyed it. Cybil Shepard reminded me of Carole Lombard. She was great. The whole cast was wonderful to watch. I want to add it to my viewing (fun category) collection. Sit back and enjoy. Every movie is not there to go down in history ... some are there just for fun viewing. I give this movie five stars for fun viewing.
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The 1979 remake of THE LADY VANISHES has gotten a bad rap, and one which I don't think it entirely deserves. It's for sure not as atmospheric as Hitchcock's 1938 masterpiece, not as suspenseful, not as laced with witty, cutting banter, and frankly not as good. But that doesn't mean it's unwatchable. I saw it again just now, and it diverted me.

It more or less mimics the original plot, with the more memorable scenes lifted shot for shot, dialogue for dialogue. Maybe the most glaring misstep is the swapping of the British leads for American ones, some stuffy and important (and wrong!) studio head having deemed that having Yanks in would draw better in the States. And maybe the right American actors would've done the film justice... but not an indifferent Cybill Shepherd and a mild Elliott Gould. Together, they exhibit the chemistry of a pushy missionary and a short-tempered cannibal.

Cybill Shepherd looks stunning in her white satin gown which she wears for the entirety of the film, and that's me having gotten all the leading lady compliments out of the way. Shepherd plays Amanda Kelly, the "much married madcap American heiress" currently holidaying in pre-World War II Europe. Amanda is one of those spirited girls who laughs at scandal. She certainly doesn't shy away from making a public drunken spectacle of herself, and it's many minutes into the film before she wipes off that Hitler mustache. In any other mystery story, she would've gotten the easy nod as the murder victim. Here, a hungover, concussed Amanda Kelly boards a train in Bavaria enroute to England to get married (for money).

Angela Lansbury is very sweet as the British governess/music teacher, Miss Froy, who befriends Amanda on the train but who then mysteriously vanishes.
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