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 Pop Matters website states that "Missing
(1982) provoked an official response from the U.S. State Department and caused a mild bit of controversy upon release. Costa-Gavras
said, in an interview included with the film [on DVD] that he wanted to force the audience to participate and play detective. The film's studio, Universal, wanted the opening scene to read "Chile, September 1973", but the director astutely points out "these things are still happening. People are disappearing all over the world"". See more
In the opening scene, as Charlie and Terry are getting out of Capt. Tower's car, Terry opens her door just a bit and pauses, as Capt. Tower hands her his card. Shot is from outside the car on Terry's side. In the next shot, from Capt. Tower's side, the door hasn't been opened yet. See more
Believe us, sir. Your son is not what they told you.
How do you know that, Silvio?
He's a nice guy. He's sincere. A hard worker. But he's a political neophyte. He's terrified of violence.
Referenced in Rewind This!
MY DING A LING
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of All Platinum Records, Inc. See more