In September1973, in Chile, the American journalist Charles Horman arrives in Valparaiso with his friend Terry Simon to meet his wife Beth and bring her back to New York with him. However, they are surprised by the military coup d'état sponsored by the US Government to replace President Salvador Allende and Charles is arrested by the military force. His father Ed Horman, a conservative businessman from New York, arrives in Chile to seek out his missing son with Beth. He goes to the American Consulate to meet the Consul that promises the best efforts to find Charles while the skeptical Beth does not trust on the word of the American authorities. The nationalism and confidence of Ed in his government changes when he finds the truth about what happened with his beloved son. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
Ed Horman and Joyce Horman ("Beth" in the film) worked very closely with Costa-Gavras, Lemmon, and Spacek throughout the film's production. Costa-Gavras said that after Pinochet died (in December 2006), both he and Joyce Horman felt regret that the former Chilean dictator was not brought to justice. See more
When the consular guide picks up Ed and Beth at the Christian Science Reading Room for their tour of the hospitals, it is pouring rain. They use umbrellas before getting into the car, but as they drive off the driver's window is rolled halfway down and he isn't getting wet. See more
Consul Phil Putnam
Please try to understand. There are so many cases. They're all so important, and this isn't the only one we're working on.
It's the only one I care about.
Consul Phil Putnam
You and a lot of other people. Listen, I've never seen so many cables from Washington. What kind of pull do you have up there anyway?
I'm an American citizen.
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Missing (Opening Theme)
Written and performed by Vangelis See more