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The Missing Person (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 December 2009 (Australia)
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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:
Harold Fullmer
Mrs. Fullmer
Don Edgar
Drexler Hewitt
Jane Rosow
Anthony Esposito ...
Agent Chambers
Agent Craig
Mabel Page
L.A. Cop (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 USA:

$2,715, 20 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,580, 21 February 2010
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1.85 : 1
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The radio chatter heard as Rosow drives to the Twin Towers on 11 September 2011 is an actual recording of chatter on the FDNY network on that day. See more »


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 »


Glass Enclosure
Written and Performed by Bud Powell
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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Elegant, Sad, Funny Rumination on Loneliness and Loss
27 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie reminded me a bit of James Gray's movies. Simply shot, actor driven, quiet, sincere, and romantic. While "The Missing Person" is much more of an art film than "Two Lovers," I left with the same feeling of having just watched something very personal and very moving. I don't want to give away too much about this movie, but ultimately it is a film about loneliness and being alone. Sound like a downer? It's not. Michael Shannon delivers his best performance yet as a drunk detective who likes to crack himself up with bad jokes(he cracked up the Sundance audience too.) Amy Ryan, Margaret Colin, and a bunch of other familiar faces provide moments of humor and sadness. Mostly what impressed me about "The Missing Person" was that it wasn't hip or clever. And not fancy either. In fact it was almost the opposite of every movie I saw at Sundance. It was mostly just good, honest film-making . Rare qualities indeed in independent film these days.

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