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The Missing (2003)

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In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.


Ron Howard


Thomas Eidson (novel), Ken Kaufman (screenplay)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Samuel Jones / Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan
Cate Blanchett ... Magdalena Gilkeson
Evan Rachel Wood ... Lilly Gilkeson
Jenna Boyd ... Dot Gilkeson
Aaron Eckhart ... Brake Baldwin
Val Kilmer ... Lt. Jim Ducharme
Sergio Calderón ... Emiliano
Eric Schweig ... Pesh-Chidin / El Brujo
Steve Reevis ... Two Stone
Jay Tavare ... Kayitah
Simon Baker ... Honesco, Kayitah's son
Ray McKinnon ... Russell J. Wittick
Max Perlich ... Isaac Edgerly
Ramon Frank Ramon Frank ... Grummond
Deryle J. Lujan Deryle J. Lujan ... Naazhaao / 'Hunter'


In 19th-century New Mexico, a father (Tommy Lee Jones) comes back home, hoping to reconcile with his adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). Maggie's daughter is kidnapped, forcing father and estranged daughter to work together to get her back. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How far would you go, how much would you sacrifice to get back what you have lost?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Ride See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,833,633, 30 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,011,180, 31 December 2004
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie features two "Two-Face"s (Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart) and a "Batman" (Val Kilmer). See more »


When Kayitah is killed by multiple blows with the wooden club there is much blood and it is implied that he has been hit in the head. When "Kayitah's ghost" rides his horse, his face has just a little blood near the mouth. His head and face are clearly recognizable, rather than being completely disfigured from the blows to his head. See more »


Samuel Jones: If I stay here very long, I might misbehave. Somebody might have to kill me.
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Alternate Versions

Although the film was shot in the Super 35 process, the Full Screen DVD mostly version Pans and Scans as if it were shot in Anamorphic Widescreen instead of properly framing it for Full Frame as most Super 35 films are. Only a few shots in this movie were reframed properly. See more »


Edited into New Frontiers: Making 'The Missing' (2004) See more »


Frère Jacques
Traditional French nursery rhyme
Performed by Elisabeth Moss
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Good western with glimmer and glittering landscapes
12 January 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals with a family formed by the mother (Cate Blanchett) , two daughters and her lover (Aaron Eckart ). The grandfather (Tommy Lee Jones) appears after long time . Then , the oldest daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by the Chiricaghua Apaches and they set out in looking her for . They will have to confront a lot of dangers and they will track down a group of Indians commanded by a villain and ominous sorcerer . The confrontation will be terrible .

In the film there are shootouts , noisy action , wonderful landscapes , fights and a little bit of violence . In the support cast of the film appears various actors who usually play Indians roles , such as Eric Schweig and Steve Reevis , because being native origin , and both of them along with Tommy Lee Jones learned some words of the Chiricaghua language . Eric Schweig along with Wes Studi , Graham Greene , Tantoo Cardinal , Michael Spears , Rodney A Grant and Floyd Westerman , among others , appear in almost all movies with Indians , starting with : ¨Dancing with wolves¨ and continuing with ¨The last Mohican¨ . And a brief role for Val Kilmer, who previously worked together director Ron Howard in Willow , as Kilmer lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, agreed to producers a secondary cameo in this film . The motion picture didn't obtain success and was a real flop at box office , in spite of the extraordinary sets (New Mexico) , enjoyable cinematography and atmospheric musical score by the great James Horner. The flick will appeal to Indians western fans

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