- 1 hr 58 min
In the movie Disappearances, set in 1930s rural Vermont, we meet Quebec Bill (played by Kris Kristofferson), a whiskey-smuggling veteran speaker with a passion for Shakespeare who has to make things right with his wife before his son can return home. It's only upon discovering that his rebellious and wayward son, Wild Bill (Charlie McDermott), is planning to leave with the Wild West Show that he realizes he needs to reconnect with his family before the opportunity slips away.
However, this is easier said than done. As Quebec Bill's old friend and sometime partner, rat-proof, maverick rum-runner and criminal mastermind, Rat Kinneson (Gary Farmer), has been hired to gather a team of men to intercept Quebec Bill's whiskey shipment. The whiskey delivery is vital because Quebec Bill has promised the people of his hometown a grand ceremony - a surprise party for his beloved wife. Unfortunately, Rat's henchmen are formidable and enterprising foes, and they soon prove to be a significant obstacle on his journey.
Unable to resist the lure of the possible sizable reward, Wild Bill joins Rat Kinneson's gang, leaving Quebec Bill alone in his quest for redemption. With no other choice but to press on, Quebec Bill is joined by his nephew, Henry (William Sanderson), as they embark on an epic journey across the border to find the hidden vats of whiskey.
The stunning landscapes of northern Vermont and southern Quebec provide a mesmerizing backdrop to the story, as we follow the characters' adventures across dazzling mountains and dangerous forests. The movie's breathtaking cinematography captures the stunning beauty of the region, providing a strong sense of the dangerous conditions these characters have to traverse. The vast forest that stretches across the horizon provides the perfect metaphor for the harshness of the natural world and the unforgiving nature of the wilderness.
The characters themselves are unforgettable. Kris Kristofferson as Quebec Bill gives a standout performance as the whiskey-smuggling veteran speaker, his unmistakable baritone voice perfectly capturing the gritty, weather-beaten demeanor of the character. Charlie McDermott, who plays his son, Wild Bill, is equally impressive, fully embodying the rebellious spirit of the character. But perhaps the most impressive performance is from Gary Farmer, who manages to create a complex and tragic character in Rat Kinneson, his portrayal of the cunning bootlegger and manipulative friend perfectly capturing the essence of the character.
Disapperances is not just a movie about bootlegging - it's a tale of redemption, a father's love for his son, and the fierce loyalty between friends. Above all else, it's a story about the unyielding human spirit and the determination to prevail in the face of adversity. Heartwarming and entertaining, Disappearances is a movie that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Whether you're a fan of westerns, road trip movies or period pieces, this film is a must-watch.
Disappearances is a 2006 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.9 and a MetaScore of 57.