The Disappearance

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The Disappearance
The Disappearance FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stuart Cooper
Produced by David Hemmings
Written by novel
Derek Marlowe
Paul Mayersberg
Starring Donald Sutherland
Francine Racette
David Hemmings
Music by Robert Farnon
Cinematography John Alcott
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Release dates December 1977 (U.K.)
10 May 1981 (Canada)[dubious ]
Running time 100 min
Canada: 88 min
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $1,900,000 CDN [1]
Not to be confused with The Disappearance, an unrelated fantasy novel by Philip Wylie.

The Disappearance is a 1977 British-Canadian thriller film directed by Stuart Cooper and starring Donald Sutherland, Francine Racette and David Hemmings.[2] It is based on the novel Echoes of Celandine by Derek Marlowe.


The wife of an assassin mysteriously disappears. The assassin is contract hit man Jay Mallory, who works for an unknown criminal organization. He returns home to his downtown Montréal apartment one winter day to find that his wife, Celandine, is gone. Mallory initially thinks that Celandine has left him on her own volition since their marriage was a sometimes stormy, albeit passionate, relationship. However, words from Mallory's main point of contact at the organization, Burbank, indicate that Celandine's disappearance may be associated with Mallory's last hit. Shortly after their discussion, Burbank himself disappears.

The organization assigns Mallory another job in Suffolk, England. Mallory has a feeling that there is something unusual about this job - he is given little initial information including not knowing who the target is - and that it too is associated with Celandine's disappearance. Despite feeling that he may be being set up, Mallory decides to take the job anyway to see how it plays out and if it leads him back to Celandine.


Production, release and reception[edit]

Shot in 1977, this was film producer Garth Drabinsky's first production. According to film critic Jay Scott, Eric Boyd-Perkins originally edited the film; but the version released in Canadian cinemas in 1983 had been re-cut by "film doctor" Fima Noveck who had "saved any number of other ailing" movies.[3]

Jay Scott dismissed the film as "irredeemably nasty, supremely glossy trash."[3]


  1. ^ Couch, Brian (20 August 1977). "Make the next shot a closeup on taxes". The Financial Post. p. 16. 
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  3. ^ a b Scott, Jay (1 April 1983). "The Disappearance: supremely glossy trash". The Globe and Mail. p. E.5. 

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