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Longtime actor/songwriter Kris Kristofferson stars as a whiskey-smuggling schemer desperate to preserve his endangered cattle herd in director Jay Craven's adaptation of Howard Frank Mosher's best-selling novel. The year is 1932; Prohibition is still in place, and smuggling whiskey has long been a profitable tradition in the Bonhomme family. When the coming winter threatens to decimate Quebec Bill Bonhomme's (Kristofferson) cattle heard and render his family destitute, the desperate dreamer and reluctant whiskey runner finally decides to carry on the family tradition. With his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A marvelous, subtly crafted elegy to a bygone era that balances its scenes of violence and gunplay with laconic humor."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"It's an ambitious work and shouldn't be too readily dismissed for its semi-successful foray into spirit-land. There is much else to enjoy and a wonderful terrain to discover."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Labored, a bit of backwoods magical realism that wants to soar but never takes off."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The story might sound fine on paper, but it didn't quite work out that well when filmed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Magic realism is a tricky thing to pull off in a movie, and Disappearances, the third of Mr. Craven's films based on Mr. Mosher's novels, only occasionally succeeds."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"If you're one of those people (like this reviewer) who can watch Kris Kristofferson do just about anything, you won't insist on the references being that solid."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"There's a special Boy Scout charm to it all that I was enchanted with."
‑ Brian Orndorf, eFilmCritic.com
"Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The beautifully photographed Disappearances is solidly old-fashioned entertainment."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Alas, the story descends into mystical mumbo jumbo."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"The movie has a literary quality, and not just because everyone's always quoting Shakespeare."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Craven layers the film's central narrative concerns with mounds of metaphorical gunk, most of which proves more ponderous than entrancing."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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