Missing (1982)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Mystery  |  12 March 1982 (USA)
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When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi ...
Captain Ray Tower
Richard Venture ...
Colonel Sean Patrick
John Doolittle ...
Dave McGeary
Ward Costello ...


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

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Frederic Brussat and Mary Ann Brussat at the 'Spirituality and Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys' website says that "Robert Stone's novel A Flag For Sunrise is a stirring complement to this film's examination of American involvement in South America. Equally important is Jacobo Timmerman's nonfiction work Prisoner Without A Cell, Cell Without A Number, an account of tyranny in Argentina". See more »


When Ed and Beth went through Section 5 to identify bodies, a particular body under the stair in white undershirt was clearly seen breathing. See more »


U.S. Ambassador: We're not involved, Mr Horman. Our position has been completely neutral.
Ed Horman: That is a bald face lie, sir. How can you say a thing like that when you have army colonels, you have naval engineers, they're all over Viña Del Mar!
U.S. Ambassador: Please sit down. Look, it's very obvious you're harbouring some misconception regarding our role here.
Ed Horman: What is your role here? Besides inducing a regime that murders thousands of human beings?
U.S. Ambassador: Let's level with each other, sir. If you hadn't been personally involved in this ...
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Written by Bill Anderson (uncredited) and Jerry Crutchfield (uncredited)
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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This film changed my life
10 June 2002 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

I was 17 when I first saw the film in 1982 and I can say, that it changed my life. Up to that I believe in my own government an I believe in the US, as a strong friend of all democratic countries. After this film I'd never take the things for real. I questioned everything and this is good. Use your mind, try to get informations from all sides. I think Chile is one reason, that the US doesn't sign the treaty for the international court, because guys like Kissinger had to be scared, that he has to take responsability for Chile and Vietnam. Everything was said of the great performance of the actors in this film. This is the best political thriller ever made.

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