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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)

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Another side of Jack Lemmon. 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)

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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)

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Trivia:
This major motion picture was based on and inspired by a true story.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Beth Horman:And what are the basics? God, country and Wall Street?
Ed Horman:You know what I mean.
Beth Horman:I know, I know. God bless our way of life!
Ed Horman:Oh, a very good way of life it is, young lady, no matter how much people like you and Charles try to tear it down with your sloppy idealism. I can no longer abide the young people of our country who live off their parents and the fat of the land and then they find nothing better to do than whine and complain.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALLSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Another side of Jack Lemmon., 5 March 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

Simply,Costa-Gavras's American movies (this one,Betrayed(1987) and "music box" (1990))are better than his French works(compartiments tueurs(1965),Z(1969),l'aveu(1970),etc).Whatever you may think of "Z",the art of Costa -Gavras is efficient but a bit cold and deprived of emotion.This is a perfect dissection of a political assassination,complete with investigation and suspense.But the characters are reduced to stereotypes,particularly when they are played by overrated Yves Montand.

In his American works,while continuing his militant way,Costa-Gavras puts men and women made of flesh and blood on the screen:Jack Lemmon,who made us laugh so many times in Billy Wilder's masterpieces("some like it hot" "kiss me stupid" "the apartment",the highly underrated "Avanti"),shines in his dramatic part;his portrayal of an all-American man,proud of his country,who cannot really understand the evolution of the new generations but who knows that he's got only one son,whom he might never see again,is mind-boggling:his tired and sad face,always seeming on the verge of tears ,mainly in the second half of the movie which contains two classic scenes:

-The first one takes place in the stadium,where the prisoners are gathered;he's given a mike ,but a lump comes to his throat and he hands it to Sissi Spacek -who plays (with talent) the missing son's wife -;In the giant stadium,no echoes ,even when Lemmon,in a desperate call,asks his son to come home.

-The second one takes place in some kind of morgue,where dead bodies pile up.The wife and the father really go to hell,in this almost unbearable scene.

The Putsch (Costa-Gavras takes the American intervention for granted whereas there's nothing that proves it)takes a back seat to the desperate couple's plight.

Costa-Gavras has not completely forsaken France though:the book Spacek and Shea are reading is none other than Saint-Exupery's "le petit prince".

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