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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The film screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982 where it won both the prestigious Palm d'Or and the Best Actor award with the latter going to Jack Lemmon
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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
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.
References The Cocoanuts
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL
Written by Arthur Altman
(uncredited) and Jack Lawrence
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
(as Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra)
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