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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First American/Hollywood film of Greek director Costa-Gavras, a fact publicized on the movie's DVD cover. 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

Consul Phil Putnam: Listen, Mr Horman, I wish there was something we could say or do.
Ed Horman: Well, there's something I'm going to do. I'm going to sue you, Phil. And Tower and the Ambassador and everybody who let that boy die. We're going to make it so hot for you you'll wish you were stationed in the Antarctic.
Consul Phil Putnam: Well, I guess that's your privilege.
Ed Horman: No, that's my right! I just thank God we live in a country where we can still put people like you in jail.
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MY DING A LING
(1952)
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best example ever of a character making a change
26 December 2006 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Jack Lemmon portrays a father searching for his son, whom he think has fallen in with a group of naive liberal thinkers. By the end of the movie, Lemmon's character realizes he had fallen in with a group of naive conservative thinkers. This movie portrays the odyssey of the father searching for a missing son in an unstable foreign country. He believes in the powers of the American embassy to protect all Americans. He believes everyone who keeps his nose clean is left alone. He believes in the power of the American people. The movie allows us to feel with him with its careful directing, and to feel for the other characters close to him and his son. We don't choose sides in the movie. We just hold back the tears, knowing that sadness looms, and obviously the father knows sadness looms, too. The religious beliefs, occupation, and history of the father are played down and unimportant. We are left to realize how unimportant it all is when looking for a loved one whom we feel is not in good fortune. A lot of movies claim to change a character in their film, but they're always left to resort to extreme exposition, usually even making the character proclaim that he or she has changed, and more often than not it isn't believable. This movie makes you believe. It is the best example ever of a character making a change throughout a movie.


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