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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Release Date:

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 The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »


Adagio Assai
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos
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Deliberately weary modern times quite arresting, and with a terrific lead performance
4 July 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Michael Shannon is one of the finest new character actors working in films today; his performance here as a private investigator from New York, hired to trail a middle-aged man from Chicago to Los Angeles by train, is the centerpiece of "The Missing Person"...and is very nearly the entire show. Writer-director Noah Buschel was probably hoping to modernize the old private eye clichés (including booze, broads, and blaring saxophones on the soundtrack), but his movie doesn't really start cooking for at least a quarter of an hour into the proceedings. Buschel's pacing is deliberately slow, and Shannon's John Rosow is intentionally beleaguered and burnt-out, yet there's no reason to be so poky with this narrative (even Bogie livened up earlier on one of his cases). The film is well-produced and shot, though it runs the risk of losing viewers before it starts to take shape. Once it does, it becomes a rather fascinating throwback, its scenario seesawing between the old and new--like Philip Marlowe in the cell-phone era. **1/2 from ****

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