MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 133 this week

The Missing (I) (2003)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 24,790 users   Metascore: 55/100
Reviews: 196 user | 131 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Mar 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 22 Jan 2013
 
a list of 29 images
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Missing" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Missing (2003)

The Missing (2003) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Missing.

User Polls

2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Dilemma (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder
The Paper (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall
Ransom (1996)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers
The Missing (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

"The Missing" follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt, as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. He becomes a man obsessed, unable to ... See full summary »

Stars: James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tchéky Karyo
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Hip-hop artist Jay-Z organizes the "Budweiser Made In America" music festival.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Rita Ora, Jay Z, Kanye West
Backdraft (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro
Far and Away (1992)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new... See full summary »

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden
Edtv (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Ride  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,628 (South Africa) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

$90,340 (South Africa) (7 May 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Lee Jones, Eric Schweig, David Midthunder and Val Kilmer have all appeared in the Lonesome Dove films. Jones appeared in Lonesome Dove (1989), Schweig appeared in Dead Man's Walk (1996), and Midthunder and Kilmer appeared in Comanche Moon (2008). See more »

Goofs

When the Indian kidnappers are riding through the desert, just before they return to the cave where they are hiding out, a dirt road is clearly visible running from upper right to lower left across the entire screen. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: Why didn't you stay?
Samuel: [long pause] There's an Apache story about a man that woke up one morning and saw a hawk on the wind. Walked outside and never returned. After he died he met his wife in the spirit world. She asked him why he never came home, he said "Well, the hawk kept flying".
[pause]
Samuel: There's always the next something, Maggie. And that will take a man away.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Arrested Development: The B. Team (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Tight, Suspenseful Western
2 April 2004 | by (Providence, RI) – See all my reviews

"The Missing", starring Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones, is one of those movies that will come and go without getting noticed by audiences let alone any of the award programs. That's a shame because it's a tightly plotted film with interesting, sympathetic characters in a Western setting, but minus most of the tired Western genre devices.

In "The Missing", Cate Blanchett plays Maggie Gilkeson, a tough, frontier doctor / rancher with two young daughters (played by Evan Rachel Wood and Jenna Boyd), and a farmhand / love interest (Aaron Eckhart) named Brake, who also acts as her family's dedicated protector.

Unexpectedly, her father (Tommy Lee Jones) comes back into her life after abandoning his family years before to live with the Indians. His attempts to make amends for his past mistakes are rebuffed until rogue Indians attack Gilkeson's family and kidnap one of her daughters. Reluctantly, she asks her father to use his hunting & tracking skills to follow the Indians and recover her daughter.

The story in "The Missing" works along two tracks. While following and clashing with the rogue Indians provides ample suspense, action, and peril, the emotional drama between Gilkeson and her father keeps the movie interesting, dynamic, and makes us care about these peoples. For a Western, the film lacks all of the cardboard cutout characters. There are no gunslingers (in the tradition of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns) in "The Missing". The characters are flawed and emotionally vulnerable in their own believable, endearing way.

As a film, "The Missing" also provides a rare, balanced view of Native Americans during the mid 19th century. They are portrayed as neither doe-eyed victims (as in "Dances With Wolves"), nor are they mindless savages (as in almost any John Wayne Western). I will note that Chidin (Eric Schweig), the primary "bad guy" Indian, seems to go a little over the top at times, but this is forgivable given the film's many other strengths.

Suffice it to say that all of the acting is solid. We probably won't see any 'best actor' or 'best actress' nominations, but you never do with Westerns. Blanchett continues to expand her repertoire ranging from eccentric British Queen ("Elizabeth") to destructive bar trash ("Shipping News") with this role. Meanwhile, Tommy Lee Jones continues to be typecast as "the guy who hunts people" which started years ago with "The Fugitive" and hasn't varied much since.

In the end, one of the things I liked best about "The Missing" is the genuine danger for all of the major characters. The film establishes early on that bad things can and will happen to the characters we like the most. As a result, it's impossible to guess who will make it to the end of the story and that means you have real suspense (an increasingly rare occurrence in suspense films).

So, go see "The Missing" while everyone else is piling into the better-marketed blockbusters. You know you'll get both a good seat and a good movie without a lot of fuss.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ridiculous geiroaab
Burned Eyes stories2002site-1
Brake and Lilly xphoenixrising
Amazing Film ORR4BEST1
What Maggie whispers? heatherjenae
Competent movie tompinos
Discuss The Missing (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?