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?
The movie was based on true events during the Chilean coup of 1973. The film was made and released about nine years after this. The film's end credits disclaimer states that the United States Government's State Department denies any involvement in the death of Charles Horman. This movie's opening prologue states: "This film is based on a true story. The incidents and facts are documented. Some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent and also to protect the film". See more
Ed is shown arriving in Chile on a Pan Am DC-10. Pan Am did not operate the DC-10 until 1980 when it purchased National Airlines. See more
Consul Phil Putnam
Listen, Mr Horman, I wish there was something we could say or do.
Well, there's something I'm going to do. I'm going to sue you, Phil. And Tower and the Ambassador and everybody who let that boy die. We're going to make it so hot for you you'll wish you were stationed in the Antarctic.
Consul Phil Putnam
Well, I guess that's your privilege.
No, that's my right! I just thank God we live in a country where we can still put people like you in jail.
Referenced in Rewind 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