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Director:
Writers:
Costa-Gavras (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
12 March 1982 (USA) See more »
Plot:
When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Oscar Week: The Best Best Actresses
 (From Get The Big Picture. 18 February 2009, 5:22 PM, PST)

Berlinale 09: More competition and Panorama titles
 (From QuietEarth. 15 January 2009, 11:42 AM, PST)

Missing Man On Chess Board
 (From New York Post. 15 December 2008, 10:06 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Well worth seeing regardless of your politics. See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Ed Horman

Sissy Spacek ... Beth Horman

Melanie Mayron ... Terry Simon

John Shea ... Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi ... Captain Ray Tower

David Clennon ... Consul Phil Putnam
Richard Venture ... U.S. Ambassador

Jerry Hardin ... Colonel Sean Patrick

Richard Bradford ... Andrew Babcock

Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Teruggi

Keith Szarabajka ... David Holloway
John Doolittle ... Dave McGeary

Janice Rule ... Kate Newman
Ward Costello ... Congressman

Hansford Rowe ... Senator
Tina Romero ... Maria
Richard Whiting ... Statesman

Martin LaSalle ... Paris (as Martin Lasalle)
Terence Nelson ... Colonel Clay (as Terry Nelson)
Robert Hitt ... Peter Chernin
Félix González ... Rojas (as Felix Gonzalez)
M.E. Rios ... Mrs. Duran
Jorge Russek ... Espinoza
Edna Necoechea ... Pia (as Edna Nochoechea)
Alan Penrith ... Samuel Cross
Alex Camacho ... Silvio
Manuel Avila Camacho ... Doctor - Mental Hospital (as M. Avilla Camacho)
Kimberley Farr ... Young Woman - Ford Foundation (as Kimberly Farr)
Elizabeth Cross ... Ann
Piero Cross ... Hotel Manager
Gary Richardson ... Operator U.S. Embassy
Josefina Echánove ... Woman Doctor - Basement Ward (as Josefina Echanove)
Robert Johnstreet ... Bob
Linda Spheeris ... Woman - State Department
Jorge Mancilla ... Captain - Airport
Gerardo Vigil ... Soldier - Laundry
Mario Valdez ... Officer - Laundry
Jaime Garza ... Young Man - Stadium
Joe I. Tompkins ... Marine Officer
John Fenton ... Carlos
Jacqueline Evans ... Woman - Ford Foundation
Jorge Santoyo ... Young Man - Mental Hospital
Juan Vázquez ... Little Man - Mental Hospital (as Juan Vazquez)
Antonio Medellín ... Rojas' Assistant
Albert Cates ... Second Marine Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Cane ... Little Boy at Beth's Class (uncredited)
Harry Kopoian ... Director of Morgue (uncredited)
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Directed by
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
Costa-Gavras (screenplay) &
Donald Stewart (screenplay)

Thomas Hauser (based on the book: "Missing")

John Nichols  uncredited

Produced by
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Edward Lewis .... producer (as Edward)
Mildred Lewis .... producer
Terence Nelson .... associate producer (as Terry Nelson)
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Peter Guber .... producer (uncredited)
Jon Peters .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Vangelis (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Aronovich (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot (film editor)
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita (casting by) (as Wally Nicita)
 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
 
Art Direction by
Lucero Isaac 
Agustín Ituarte  (as Agustin Ytuarte)
 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
 
Makeup Department
Esperanza Gómez .... hairdresser (as Esperanza Gomez)
Bette Iverson .... hairdresser
Mark Reedall .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elie Cohn .... first assistant director
Jesús Marín .... location assistant director (as Jesus Marin)
Anna Roth .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Benito Cano .... propman
Antonio Mata .... property master
Michael Milgrom .... property master
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Françoise Bonnot .... dubbing mixer assisted by
Michèle Boëhm .... sound effects editor (as Michele Boehm)
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
José García .... sound mixer (as Jose García)
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects
Jacques Lévy .... loop dialogue editor (as Jacques Levy)
Vince Melandri .... loop dialogue editor
Stephane Van den Bergh .... boom operator (as Stephane Van Den Bergh)
Claude Villand .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects (as Jesus Duran)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... matte photography by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Gabriel Castro .... gaffer
Daniel Leterrier .... camera assistant (as Daniel Letterier)
Graciano Perez .... key grip
Pablo Ríos .... camera assistant (as Pablo Rios)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Luis Sánchez .... extras casting (as Luis Sanchez)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adolfo Ramírez .... wardrobe man
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
 
Editorial Department
Michèle Amsellem .... assistant film editor (as Michele Amsellem)
Marie Castro-Vasquez .... assistant film editor
Suzanne Koch .... assistant film editor
Sergio Ortega .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Vangelis .... music arranged by
 
Transportation Department
Charles Enzen .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Ricardo Frera .... location auditor
Emily Gamboa .... production secretary
Carlos García F. .... location unit manager
Hank Guzman .... location auditor
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Keefe Millard .... assistant: Costa-Gavras
Aurelio Ortiz .... location production assistant
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:14+ | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1987) | USA:PG | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This major motion picture was based on and inspired by a true story.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Ed Horman:Now, erm, I owe you an apology.
Beth Horman:No, you don't.
Ed Horman:No, no, no. Well, for a long time now I've sold you short. Both of you. I don't really know why. Unless it's because I'm getting old. And I'm very stubborn.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
MY WHOLE WORLD IS FALLING DOWNSee more »

FAQ

What happened afterwards?
What was the US government's involvement in these events?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well worth seeing regardless of your politics., 13 May 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins in Chile at the time of the coup that ended the Allende government. When Pinochet and the rightists came to power, huge numbers of folks simply disappeared or were executed outright. Anyone who could have posed a problem to the new government simply were eliminated--by the thousands. One of these was Charles Horman--an American journalist who was just too outspoken to be ignored by the regime. Although you see him as the film begins, soon he disappears and his wife and probable widow (Sissy Spacek) is beside herself trying to find him. Soon, Horman's conservative father (Jack Lemmon) arrives and has faith that the US embassy personnel with help him in the search. Eventually, however, it becomes obvious that the personnel are NOT there to help and probably are complicit in the disappearance. What are they to do? They're in a hostile land with few, if any, allies.

This film won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Actor (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress (Sissy Spacek) and Best Picture. I am surprised that "Gandhi" won the Best Picture award that year--especially since the film was, in many ways, quite inaccurate historically (I am a history teacher--trust me on this one). "Missing" was a better film--as were "The Verdict", "Tootsie" and "ET" (in my semi-humble opinion). I wonder if perhaps the film's politics doomed it to lose--though considering Hollywood generally DOES run left, this may not be the case.

I am a reasonably conservative American, though I feel ashamed when I see films like "Missing" (as well as Costa-Garvas' other famous film, "Z"). While I am glad that the US had been traditionally anti-communist, this single-minded approach to international communism appears VERY misguided in hindsight. In too many cases, in order to combat this, the US government sponsored repressive and evil regimes--when they should have been pushing for self-determination and freedom. No matter how you try to excuse this, situations like the ones in "Missing" are simply inexcusable and the film should be seen by everyone--not just those on the left politically. Why? Because, the story in this case is TRUE--the situation involving the Pinochet regime in Chile was just plain evil--and should NOT be forgotten or ignored. History should be understood and lessons learned from them...or they'll be repeated. Well worth seeing and very well made overall.

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