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Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Rosow
Harold Fullmer
Miss Charley
Mrs. Fullmer
Hero Furillo
Lana Cobb
Gus Papitos
Don Edgar
Drexler Hewitt
Kate Arrington ...
Jane Rosow
Anthony Esposito ...
Javier Reyes
Agent Chambers
Agent Craig
Mabel Page
Eric Jelin


Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing the missing person back to his wife in New York City. Written by Anonymous

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John Rosow is a private investigator. And an alcoholic. He just got the case of his life.





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Release Date:

3 December 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Az eltűnt személy  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,715 (USA) (20 November 2009)


$17,580 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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When the train pulls into what's supposed to be Union Station, Los Angeles, the platform is really in Downtown San Diego. John Rosow is next seen in front of Union Station which is 120 miles away by air. Previously, when he boarded the train (the California Zephyr) in Chicago, the same San Diego platform (including the trunk of a palm tree) can be seen briefly through the window. The California Zephyr does not go to either San Diego or LA. It terminates in Emeryville. See more »


[first lines]
John Rosow: I could lie there forever. But the phone rang.
John Rosow: Hello?
[still ringing]
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29 October 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Can't tell you how hard I tried to like "The Missing Person". Right off the bat, you can see it is an imitation noir, an attempt to recall a bygone era in movies, and they got a down-at-the-heels, alcoholic 'private eye' to be the hero - and being a likable sort, you root for him. The color is not splashy but almost a sepia, two-tone effect that works well with the mood of the picture.


As noted by several reviewers, it takes forever to get going but then maintains the same slow, plodding pace throughout the film. And the hero, played by Michael Shannon, severely underplays his part and seems to be in a stupor in some scenes, so sluggish does he appear. That may be what the director was looking for, but he is at times in danger of fading into the wallpaper and losing command of what are essentially his scenes. Lastly, too much plot explanation was saved for the final scenes and became almost too much to absorb; It makes you wonder if you got the gist of the story.

I hope this was a learning experience for director Buschel and I applaud his effort and concept. I hope he makes more and better pictures. And I hope he is not offended by the fact that a highlight of the movie for me was Thelonious Monk's version of an old standard, "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", played over the final credits. It was perfection, a haunting rendition played slowly and using very few fingers.

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