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?
According to Vincent Canby
of the New York Times in 1982, the film was distributed in the USA "two days after the release of a most unusual statement by the State Department. The department takes issue with a number of facts in the film and just about all of its conclusions". See more
In the scene where Jack Lemmon is at the State Department early in the movie trying to get information about Charlie, there is the presidential portrait of Richard Nixon on the wall in the background and a more personal photo of him on Marine One on the credenza behind the desk. That photograph, with fingers in the V-peace sign, was taken upon his final departure from the White House in 1974 and could not have been on someone's desk in 1973. See more
We're not involved, Mr Horman. Our position has been completely neutral.
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!
Please sit down. Look, it's very obvious you're harbouring some misconception regarding our role here.
What is your role here? Besides inducing a regime that murders thousands of human beings?
Let's level with each other, sir. If you hadn't been personally involved in this ...
MY WHOLE WORLD IS FALLING DOWN
Written by Bill Anderson
(uncredited) and Jerry Crutchfield
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more