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?
According to Dennis Schwartz at Ozus' World Movie Reviews, "this one rattled the US government so much, that upon the film's release in 1982 the then-Secretary of State Alexander Haig
, appointed by President Reagan, was forced to issue indisputable denials of the film's allegations". See more
When Ed and Beth went through Section 5 to identify bodies, a particular body under the stair in white undershirt was clearly seen breathing. 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 Videoclub
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