The Missing Person (2009)

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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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3 December 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Az eltűnt személy  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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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References Serpico (1973) See more »


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the noir the merrier
3 March 2011 | by (eugene, or) – See all my reviews

What director Noah Buschel has concocted with "The Missing Person" is to take a genre and fine tune it with touches that, while original, ultimately pay homage to, and even nourish, noir.

What he has done,too, is set up any number of movies he might want to make with the masterly Michael Shannon as private eye John Rosow; and re-recruit, too, the saucily effective Amy Ryan.

This moody artwork about finding a mysteriously but voluntary missing person has all sorts of twists and turns, none predictable, as it weaves its way through the dark.

That Shannon plays roles Bogart feasted on is all too true. but it is the rugged countenance of Mitchum that he more facilely brings to mind.

Shannon,so powerful in the film "Revolutionary Road" and then HBO's raunchy and real "Boardwalk Empire" series, and yet again in the rock film "The Runaways," is special, indeed. His screen effect is compelling,mesmerizing.

All we need now is a script and the word "Action!"

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