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The Missing (2003)

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brake Baldwin
Two Stone
Honesco, Kayitah's son
Russell J. Wittick
Isaac Edgerly
Ramon Frank ...
Deryle J. Lujan ...
Naazhaao / 'Hunter'


In 19th-century New Mexico, a father (Tommy Lee Jones) comes back home, hoping to reconcile with his adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). Maggie's daughter is kidnapped, forcing father and estranged daughter to work together to get her back. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How far would you go, how much would you sacrifice to get back what you have lost?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Ride  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,833,633 (USA) (30 November 2003)


$26,900,336 (USA) (16 February 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Val Kilmer, who lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, agreed to a cameo in this film, secondary to his work with New Mexico's Film Investment Program. See more »


When the telegraph operator is sending and receiving messages, there are only a few clicks per word. However Morse code is several (2-6) clicks per letter. See more »


Chidin: [speaking Chiricahua] Take your bad luck to your grave.
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Referenced in The King of Queens: Mild Bunch (2007) See more »


The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Music by Gaston Lyle
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User Reviews

A solid western from Howard and a good followup.
22 March 2004 | by (The Earth) – See all my reviews

Yet another movie in which I wanted to, while watching, reach into the TV and slap Evan Rachel Wood for being such a whiner. Either she's REALLY perfected this role (Thirteen being a notable example) or.....well, anyway. I felt this was a good followup to the overrated "A Beautiful Mind" and a satisfying blend of western and downright scares. Cate Blanchett gave her usual excellent performance as a single mother and hardy frontierswoman, and carried the movie along quite well at times when it was slow. Tommy Lee Jones, in a role that seems well made for him, played the laconic, repentant, and often bad-ass faux-Apache with the same charisma he brought to "The Fugitive" and "Men In Black" (not the second one, which sucked. Majorly.), and acquitted himself well to a role that wasn't very likeable to begin with. A surprising supporting cast, including Aaron Eckhart, Jenna Boyd, Jay Tavare, and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Val Kilmer, fleshed out the less-than-complex storyline, and Eric Schweig was a very creepy villain. The movie made great use of the New Mexican scenery and used the bleak and forbidding atmosphere to really heighten the tension. Some great camera work (particularly during the first horse chase and showing the fates of those exposed to the Brujo's mystical dust stuff) and art direction push this movie above average westerns. My only complaint was the score, which was like some kind of amalgam of the scores of "Braveheart" and "Willow", both of which James Horner wrote and one of which Ron Howard directed. But you probably knew that.

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