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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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Ed Horman
Beth Horman
Terry Simon
Charles Horman
Captain Ray Tower
Consul Phil Putnam
Richard Venture ...
U.S. Ambassador
Colonel Sean Patrick
Andrew Babcock
Frank Teruggi
David Holloway
Dave McGeary
Kate Newman
Ward Costello ...
Richard Whiting ...
Paris (as Martin Lasalle)
Terence Nelson ...
Colonel Clay (as Terry Nelson)
Robert Hitt ...
Peter Chernin
Félix González ...
Rojas (as Felix Gonzalez)
María Eugenia Ríos ...
Mrs. Duran (as M.E. Rios)
Edna Necoechea ...
Pia (as Edna Nochoechea)
Alan Penrith ...
Samuel Cross
Alex Camacho ...
Manuel Avila Camacho ...
Doctor - Mental Hospital (as M. Avilla Camacho)
Kimberley Farr ...
Young Woman - Ford Foundation (as Kimberly Farr)
Elizabeth Cross ...
Piero Cross ...
Hotel Manager
Gary Richardson ...
Operator U.S. Embassy
Woman Doctor - Basement Ward (as Josefina Echanove)
Robert Johnstreet ...
Linda Spheeris ...
Woman - State Department
Jorge Mancilla ...
Captain - Airport
Gerardo Vigil ...
Soldier - Laundry
Mario Valdez ...
Officer - Laundry
Jaime Garza ...
Young Man - Stadium
Joe I. Tompkins ...
Marine Officer
John Fenton ...
Jacqueline Evans ...
Woman - Ford Foundation
Jorge Santoyo ...
Young Man - Mental Hospital
Juan Vázquez ...
Little Man - Mental Hospital (as Juan Vazquez)
Rojas' Assistant
Albert Cates ...
Second Marine Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Cane ...
Little Boy at Beth's Class (uncredited)
Harry Kopoian ...
Director of Morgue (uncredited)

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Written by

Costa-Gavras ... (screenplay) &
Donald E. Stewart ... (screenplay) (as Donald Stewart)
Thomas Hauser ... (based on the book: "Missing")
John Nichols ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Peter Guber ... executive producer
Edward Lewis ... producer (as Edward)
Mildred Lewis ... producer
Terence Nelson ... associate producer (as Terry Nelson)
Jon Peters ... executive producer
Peter Guber ... producer (uncredited)
Jon Peters ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Vangelis ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Ricardo Aronovich ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Françoise Bonnot ... film editor

Editorial Department

Michèle Amsellem ... assistant film editor (as Michele Amsellem)
Marie Castro ... assistant film editor (as Marie Castro-Vasquez)
Suzanne Koch ... assistant film editor
Sergio Ortega ... assistant film editor

Casting By

Wallis Nicita ... (casting by) (as Wally Nicita)

Production Design by

Peter Jamison

Art Direction by

Lucero Isaac
Agustín Ituarte ... (as Agustin Ytuarte)

Set Decoration by

Linda Spheeris

Costume Design by

Joe I. Tompkins

Makeup Department

Esperanza Gómez ... hairdresser (as Esperanza Gomez)
Bette Iverson ... hairdresser
Mark Reedall ... makeup

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Elie Cohn ... first assistant director
Jesús Marín ... location assistant director (as Jesus Marin)
Anna Roth ... second assistant director

Art Department

Benito Cano ... propman
Antonio Mata ... property master
Michael Milgrom ... property master
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Françoise Bonnot ... dubbing mixer assisted by
Michèle Boëhm ... sound effects editor (as Michele Boehm)
Daniel Brisseau ... sound mixer
José García ... sound mixer (as Jose García)
Jean-Pierre Lelong ... sound effects
Jacques Lévy ... loop dialogue editor (as Jacques Levy)
Vince Melandri ... loop dialogue editor
Stephane Van den Bergh ... boom operator (as Stephane Van Den Bergh)
Claude Villand ... dubbing mixer

Special Effects by

Laurencio Cordero ... special effects
Jesus G. Duran ... special effects (as Jesus Duran)

Visual Effects by

Bill Taylor ... matte photography by
Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Philippe Brun ... camera operator
Gabriel Castro ... gaffer
Daniel Leterrier ... camera assistant (as Daniel Letterier)
Graciano Perez ... key grip
Pablo Ríos ... camera assistant (as Pablo Rios)
Peter Sorel ... still photographer

Casting Department

Luis Sánchez ... extras casting (as Luis Sanchez)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Adolfo Ramírez ... wardrobe man
Pamela Wise ... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)

Location Management

Ricardo Frera ... location auditor
Carlos García F. ... location unit manager
Hank Guzman ... location auditor
Aurelio Ortiz ... location production assistant

Music Department

Vangelis ... music arranged by
Dan Wyman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Charles Enzen ... transportation captain

Other crew

Sylvette Baudrot ... script supervisor
Emily Gamboa ... production secretary
Vic Heutschy ... publicist
Keefe Millard ... assistant: to Costa-Gavras
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Missing - Porté disparu (France)
  • Desaparecido (Spain)
  • Nestali (Serbia)
  • Ο αγνοούμενος (Greece)
  • Savnet (Denmark)
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  • 122 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,986,793

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Missing/Ticket to Heaven/Vernon, Florida/The Seduction (1982). See more »
Soundtracks MY DING A LING See more »
Quotes Consul Phil Putnam: Please try to understand. There are so many cases. They're all so important, and this isn't the only one we're working on.
Ed Horman: It's the only one I care about.
Consul Phil Putnam: You and a lot of other people. Listen, I've never seen so many cables from Washington. What kind of pull do you have up there anyway?
Ed Horman: I'm an American citizen.
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