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When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

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Costa-Gavras

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Costa-Gavras (screenplay), Donald E. Stewart (screenplay) (as Donald Stewart) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Ed Horman
Sissy Spacek ... Beth Horman
Melanie Mayron ... Terry Simon
John Shea ... Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi ... Captain Ray Tower
David Clennon ... Consul Phil Putnam
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... U.S. Ambassador
Jerry Hardin ... Colonel Sean Patrick
Richard Bradford ... Andrew Babcock
Joe Regalbuto ... Frank Teruggi
Keith Szarabajka ... David Holloway
John Doolittle ... Dave McGeary
Janice Rule ... Kate Newman
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Congressman
Hansford Rowe ... Senator
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Storyline

In September1973, in Chile, the American journalist Charles Horman arrives in Valparaiso with his friend Terry Simon to meet his wife Beth and bring her back to New York with him. However, they are surprised by the military coup d'état sponsored by the US Government to replace President Salvador Allende and Charles is arrested by the military force. His father Ed Horman, a conservative businessman from New York, arrives in Chile to seek out his missing son with Beth. He goes to the American Consulate to meet the Consul that promises the best efforts to find Charles while the skeptical Beth does not trust on the word of the American authorities. The nationalism and confidence of Ed in his government changes when he finds the truth about what happened with his beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Charlie Horman thought that being an American would guarantee his safety. His family believed that being Americans would guarantee them the truth. They were all wrong.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

12 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desaparecido See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,986,793
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On October 8, 1999 a State Department memo from August 25, 1976 was declassified. It implicated that the CIA might at best had a direct role in motivating Pinochet's Government to murder Charles Horman and at worst was directly involved in his death. The memo had been released to Joyce Horman 20 years prior, but the information about the State Department's knowledge and involvement had been redacted. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jack Lemmon is at the State Department early in the movie trying to get information about Charlie, there is the presidential portrait of Richard Nixon on the wall in the background and a more personal photo of him on Marine One on the credenza behind the desk. That photograph, with fingers in the V-peace sign, was taken upon his final departure from the White House in 1974 and could not have been on someone's desk in 1973. See more »

Quotes

Kate Newman: What we need to know is, can they order an American to "disappear" without consulting the Americans first?
Paris: No, they wouldn't dare.
Ed Horman: How can I verify that?
Paris: You can't.
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MY WHOLE WORLD IS FALLING DOWN
(1963)
Written by Bill Anderson (uncredited) and Jerry Crutchfield (uncredited)
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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It will make you angry....
18 September 2007 | by Thrashman88See all my reviews

Although I consider nowadays a "right winger", it is when I see films like MISSING that I tend to feel otherwise. MISSING is an outstanding film depicting the disappearance of American journalist Charls Horman and the desperate search for him conducted by his wife and father. It is also when watching these type of "cold war era" films that you can't help but wonder why the U.S. has garnered so much hatred from all over the world. U.S. officials, after all, were involved in Horman's death. Imagine that, killing your own!!! And, what the hell did the U.S. wanted in Chile? Well, as the film clearly states, there were over 3000 American companies in Chile at the time of the coup, and (legitimally) elected president Salvador Allende was sought as a threat to those American interests. First of all, Allende was no commie, yet paranoia has high on the list of the American Officials at the time, so they didn't want to have another "CUBA" in Latin America. Anyway, I saw MISSING way back in 1983, on video. I was 15 years old and the movie literally left me feeling hallow; I considered it an extremely depressing movie. I lived in Argentina during the 70's, and it reminded me of some of the stuff that was going on down there at the time. I recently purchased the movie on DVD and saw it last night. Again, it left me disturbed and very angry. Angry at the way U.S. handled the Horman case, with lies and more lies. Lying to Horma's wife and lying to his father. They couldn't care less about Charles Horman. I was surprised that the movie was filmed in Mexico. Although politically way more stable than Chile at the time, the subject matter of the movie was reason enough for the Mexican Government to avoid it. We were under the PRI "regime" at the time. I'm glad there weren't any problems. Jack Lemmon's and Sissy Spacek's performances were spot on. Jack Lemmon's was bordering on the supreme. He really is wonderful as the desperate and riddled father. MISSING is an intriguing film, extraordinarily crafted and richly deserving of the Academy Award it received. It is also one of the saddest films you'll ever see and hearing Vangelis heartbreaking theme song, you can't help but to cry. Watch this film and remind yourselves that American foreign policy hasn't changed much in 30 years. 10* out of 10*.


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