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?
On October 8, 1999 a State Department memo from August 25, 1976 was declassified. It implicated that the CIA might at best had a direct role in motivating Pinochet's Government to murder Charles Horman and at worst was directly involved in his death. The memo had been released to Joyce Horman 20 years prior, but the information about the State Department's knowledge and involvement had been redacted. See more
The opening credits roll on a shot of Charlie looking out on the street from the back seat of Capt. Tower's car. The window covers about half of his face, so it's a little more than halfway down. In the next shot showing the car, Charlie is still staring out the window (hasn't moved), but the window is most of the way down. See more
Ed Horman filed suit charging eleven government officials, including Henry A. Kissinger, with complicity and negligence in the death of his son. The body was not returned home until seven months later, making an accurate autopsy impossible. After years of litigation, the information necessary to prove or disprove complicity remained classified as secrets of state. The suit was dismissed.
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)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more