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The Lady Vanishes

3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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A stunning new adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1930s thriller sees a beautiful, spoiled young woman risk her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a train. Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton, Spies of Warsaw) is travelling across Europe by train when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a sinister Balkan plot. Feeling disorientated after a fall, Iris is befriended by Miss Froy, an elderly English woman sharing her carriage. But when she wakes up from a short sleep, Miss Froy has vanished without a trace. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris fights to discover what actually happened – and prove that she’s not going crazy. Or is she?

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC5K1FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 1938 version of "The Lady Vanishes" was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is considered one of his best films.
This latest version of this classic is, however, very different from the one you might have seen in the past. Unlike Hitchcock's film. this version is much more faithful to the novel on which it was based ("The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White.) As a result, those who have seen the 1938 film will likely feel that the two movies have little in common.
Both are set on a train bearing passengers from a small Balkan country to London. During the journey an older woman who has befriended a young Englishwoman disappears. When the young woman attempts to find her she discovers that all the other passengers deny ever having seen the older lady for various reasons. In the 1938 film, the older woman is a spy for the British foreign service trying to get to England so she can relay some valuable information. In both the book and this 2013 version the older woman is a governess who has seen something that is potentially damaging to the government of the small Balkan country. She is kidnapped to prevent her from revealing what she knows about the murder of a young English intellectual.
This version is a well made period piece with some fine actors including Tuppence Middleton as the heroine - Iris Carr - and Tom Hughes as her would-be suitor Max Hare. The pace of the film is on point and the narrative, though a little choppy in some places, generally flows along without confusing the viewer. The problem, for me, with the film is that Middleton's character seems to generate little sympathy and has no real credibility with the other travelers. She is so rude and so high-handed that she is not likable enough for anyone to take her seriously. My sense is that she needed at least one redeeming feature to help me, as a viewer, see her in a more sympathetic light.
A nice movie that perhaps tries a little too hard but is still worth a look.
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Loved It! Frankly I am mystified by those here who turned up their noses at the lead actress. I thought she played her part, exactly as written, with great skill. The whole show carried the typical Masterpiece Mystery/ Agatha Christie feel throughout, and the actress skillfully portrayed the near hysteria of feeling truly alone and in deep trouble for the first time in her life. Her confidence is shaken and she begins to question her own sanity, but is jarred into "flight or fight" mode by the determined selfish indifference of many around her and the clearly evil intent of others who have a great deal to hide.
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I liked this movie, I thought the actors did a good job and the movie was very entertaining! I don't know what other reviewers expected - an Oscar worthy movie?... But aren't those movies soooo boring anyway? :) If you like mysteries and want to kill some time before going to bed, this is the movie for you!
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The Lady Vanishes is a 2012/2013 British drama and mystery film directed by Diarmuid Lawrence and is a co-production of the BBC (first broadcast in March 2013 on BBC One) and Masterpiece Films. Based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White (1876-1944), it stars Selina Cadell in the key role of the disappearing Miss Froy, Tuppence Middleton as the young Iris Carr (who discovers the disappearance, but is not taken seriously), and Tom Hughes and Alex Jennings as Max Hare and the Professor, the two fellow English passengers who come to her aid.

According to Wikipedia, the film is less a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name than a new interpretation of the novel, one based far more closely on it. It depicts a young and beautiful English socialite, Iris Carr, travelling by train across 1930s Europe, returning to England from Croatia. She is alarmed by the mysterious disappearance of a woman, Miss Froy, also travelling on the train. She enlists the help (initially given somewhat reluctantly) of the handsome young Max Hare, and his former Oxford Professor, who are travelling together on the train.. The setting of the remake is the luxury express passenger train from Croatia to Trieste, rather than in the original fictional country. An entire 1930s luxury passenger train interior, complete with sleeping carriages, a dining car, and a passenger bar and lounge car, were all recreated in Budapest for the production of this film adaptation.

Despite the plush and intriguing setting and excellent supporting cast, the film is marred by the casting of the unknown Tuppence Middleton as the young socialite who enlists the help of her fellow train passengers to find Miss Froy.
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If you are looking for a thrilling mystery-this is it! The search for the missing lady brings up prejudice and apathy in the witnesses and the investigators. It is a well written period mystery with all necessary period drama accoutrements!
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This film is pleasant to watch, but didn't seem realistic. I'm happy to suspend belief, but the acting was a bit theatrical and dramatic. Stylized. Maybe it was intended to mimic older films in which they over-act with the damsel in distress kind of thing. But I might have preferred something a bit more subtle. Still, the actors are fun to watch, the scenery is beautiful and it's a pleasant little mental and visual outing. However, by the end it didn't keep my interest the way the other PBS mysteries and dramas usually do. See what you think.
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