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 nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Lemmon
) and Best Actress (Sissy Spacek
). The film won one Oscar, for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, awarded to Donald Stewart
, the latter of whom was not present at the awards ceremony. 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
This past week I've felt like, erm, my heart has been torn out of me.
I feel very guilty.
Hey, Charlie always says guilt is like fear. It's given to us for survival, not destruction.
Oh. Beth, for what it's worth, I think you are one of the most courageous people I have ever met.
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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