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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.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Thomas Eidson (novel), Ken Kaufman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Samuel Jones
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 ... Chidin
Steve Reevis ... Two Stone
Jay Tavare ... Kayitah
Simon Baker ... Honesco
Ray McKinnon ... Russell J. Wittick
Max Perlich ... Isaac Edgerly
Ramon Frank Ramon Frank ... Grummond
Deryle J. Lujan Deryle J. Lujan ... Naazhaao - Hunter
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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

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


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Trivia

Tommy Lee Jones and Eric Schweig learned some Chiricahua Apache for this film. Their instructors were two of the last three remaining fluent speakers. See more »

Goofs

When Jones is following the hawk, its shadow is extremely large, which is meant to imply the altitude of the hawk. Since the difference in distance from the sun from Jones and the hawk is virtually non-existent, the hawk's shadow should be its actual size. See more »

Quotes

Samuel: I believe in what I see girl... snakes belong on the ground... this one hangs them in the air. A man's heart lies in his chest... this one digs it out and buries it in the ground. I know a Brujo who can put an arrow in you from a mile away, I saw a Brujo lay his hand on a child's head one time... ONE TIME... and that child doubled up cramped up and spewed/spat up white beads... TILL SHE DIED!
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Alternate Versions

Although the film was shot in the Super 35 process, the VHS and 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Arrested Development: The B. Team (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Frère Jacques
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Traditional French nursery rhyme
Performed by Elisabeth Moss
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A haunting Western
22 January 2009 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

I'm typically not a fan of Westerns - being female may have something to do with it. But I liked this one. It has a good story, along with superb character development that causes you to care what's going on in the film.

The most stand out aspect for me was the villain played by Eric Schweig. He totally creeped me out. I looked up his IMDb photos and he looks nothing like he did in the film - so the makeup department had a lot to do with making his face as ugly as they did. It really adds to the evil nature of this man.

Jones is quite convincing as a white man wanting to be Indian. His face looks so aged and weathered - you believe he has lived out in the harsh western wilderness all his life. I'm a big fan of his and could watch him do his thing all day.

The director and writers did a good job of creating tension and suspense in the film. There are numerous fight and chase scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. There is quite a bit of explicit violence so this isn't one for young kids to watch.

I think the movie weaves a good tale of hardship, tragedy, failings, forgiveness and redemption. The title, I think, refers to not only her daughter that is missing - I think it refers to several themes missing in the life of Cate Blanchett's character. First, there is the missing dad that abandoned her. There's the missing trust of men in general since she apparently was the victim of rape - and that subsequently resulted in the birth of her daughter. There are also the fathers of her daughter's who are no where to be seen - so that her daughters are having to grow up without a dad as well. No husband either (just a live-in boyfriend). She is totally alone and has to fend for herself and her girls. Blanchett does a great job of bringing the steeliness of her character to life.

Without giving away what happens, I found the ending very touching.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Ride See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,833,633, 30 November 2003

Gross USA:

$27,011,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,364,277
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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