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Missing
     

Missing

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Director: Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron

Cast: Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron

 

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Missing, Costa-Gavras's first American production (though it was shot in Mexico with a largely French crew), was one of his most powerful and accessible works, a typically astute political essay that is rooted in the emotionally compelling tale of a man searching for his missing son with the help of his daughter-in-law, and twenty-five years after its original

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Missing, Costa-Gavras's first American production (though it was shot in Mexico with a largely French crew), was one of his most powerful and accessible works, a typically astute political essay that is rooted in the emotionally compelling tale of a man searching for his missing son with the help of his daughter-in-law, and twenty-five years after its original release Missing receives a superb presentation on DVD in this edition from the Criterion Collection. Missing has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.85:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. Ricardo Aronovich's cinematography is beautifully rendered on this DVD, capturing the simple color schemes and elegant framings with impeccable skill, and the film has rarely if ever looked better. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, preserving the original sound mix, and the fidelity is superb, with an admirable clarity and presence. The dialogue is primarily in English, with some Spanish sequences; this release features optional English subtitles, but no multiple language options. As usual, Criterion have included a robust portion of relevant supplementary materials with this package, filling a whole second disc. Two interviews with Costa-Gavras are featured: one a short chat taped for a television news program in 1982, the other recorded for the film's French DVD release in 2006. Joyce Horman, the real-life widow of Charles Horman (and portrayed by Sissy Spacek in the film), appears in an interview exclusive to this release. The movie's genesis is discussed in a short documentary, Producing Missing, which includes interviews with producers Sean Daniel, Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis, as well as Thomas Hauser, whose book The Execution of Charles Horman was the basis for the screenplay. Another short documentary, Pursuing Truth, is dominated by an interview with Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archive as he talks about efforts to document the Charles Horman case and America's involvement in the coup that overthrew Chilean president Salvador Allende in 1973. Excerpts from a French television report on the 1982 Cannes Film Festival are also included, which features interviews with star Jack Lemmon, Costa-Gavras and three real-life figures portrayed in the film -- Ed Horman, Joyce Horman and Terry Simon. And footage from a 2002 event honoring the film's contribution in exposing international human rights violations includes short speeches from Costa-Gavras, Joyce Horman, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, Chis Lemmon (speaking on behalf of his late father Jack Lemmon) and host Gabriel Byrne. The package also includes the film's original theatrical trailer and a 38-page booklet with essays by Michael Wood and Terry Simon, a 1982 interview with Costa-Gavras and a 1982 press release from the U.S. State Department denying several allegations about the nation's involvement in the Chilean coup as portrayed in the film. Criterion's release of Missing honors this film as a impassioned polemic as well as a beautiful, absorbing work of filmmaking, and it's the definitive home video release of this picture.

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The Greek director Constantin Costa-Gavras is famous for political thrillers such as Z. His films that followed Z, most notably State of Seige, were also crafty and powerful denunciations of entrenched corruption in European powers. Missing was his first American film. Based on the true story of Charles Horman as told in the book by Thomas Hauser, Missing is both an indictment of government oppression and a tense, stirring look at the generation gap of the 1960s and 1970s. Horman was a writer who disappeared in an American-backed Chilean coup. In the film, the country is an unnamed Latin American nation, but there is no mistaking the script's scathing attack on the United States government and its accomplices. The film focuses on the struggles of Horman's hippie wife (Sissy Spacek) and strict conservative father (Jack Lemmon) to find him and gain his release. Costa-Gavras has no use for the maudlin sentiment that normally accompanies such generational conflicts in movies; Lemmon and Spacek forge their unlikely alliance under fire. Both give superb performances, with Lemmon showing the dramatic talent that had long been neglected for comic roles.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
UPC:
0715515031820
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
30,789

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Video interviews with Costa-Gavras, Joyce Horman (wife of Charles Horman), producers Edward and Mildred Lewis and Sean Daniel, and Thomas Hauser, author of The Execution of Charles Horman, the film's source; Video interviews from the 1982 Cannes Film Festival with Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Ed Horman (father of Charles), and Joyce Horman; Video interview with Peter Kornbluh, author ofThe Pinochet File, examining declassified documents concerning the 1973 military coup in Chile and the case of Charles Horman; Highlights from the 2002 Charles Horman Truth Project event honoring Missing, with actos Sissy Spacek, John Shea, and Melanie Mayron, among others

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Ed Horman
Sissy Spacek Beth Horman
Melanie Mayron Terry Simon
John Shea Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi Capt. Ray Tower
David Clennon Consul Phil Putnam
Richard Venture U.S. Ambassador
Jerry Hardin Col. Sean Patrick
Richard Bradford Carter Babcock
Joe Regalbuto Frank Teruggi
Keith Szarabajka David Holloway
John Doolittle David McGeary
Janice Rule Kate Newman
Ward Costello Congressman
Hansford Rowe Senator
Tina Romero Maria
John Fenton Carlos
Jaime Garza Young Man at Stadium
Martin Lasalle Paris
Terry Nelson Col. Clay
Wallis Nicita Actor
Jorge Russek Espinoza
Joe Tompkins Marine Officer
Gerardo Vigil Sexy Soldier
Felix Gonzalez Rojas
Robert Hitt Peter Chernin
Richard Whiting Statesman
Jacqueline Evans Woman (Ford Foundation)
Linda Spheeris Woman (State Department)

Technical Credits
Costa-Gavras Director,Screenwriter
Ricardo Aronovich Cinematographer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Daniel Brisseau Sound/Sound Designer
Elie Cohn Asst. Director
Edward Lewis Producer
José Garcia Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Lucero Isaac Art Director
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Mildred Lewis Producer
Terry Nelson Associate Producer
John Nichols Screenwriter
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design
Donald E. Stewart Screenwriter
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Vangelis Score Composer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Agustin Ytuarte Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Missing
1. Charles and Terry [6:11]
2. Back Hoe With Beth [4:42]
3. "They Can't Hurt Us" [6:41]
4. Past Curfew [7:55]
5. Ed Horman In D.C. [3:23]
6. Two Weeks Missing [7:17]
7. "The Hiding Theory" [4:12]
8. Viña Del Mar [4:44]
9. Capt. Ray Tower [4:09]
10. Chalres's Arrest [5:57]
11. Another Theory [5:36]
12. Teruggi and Holloway [2:34]
13. "I Just Want My Boy Back" [3:11]
14. Hospital Inquiries [4:29]
15. Getting To Know Charlie [4:18]
16. National Stadium [3:58]
17. Italian Embassy [3:13]
18. Charles's Notes [4:19]
19. Morgue [7:35]
20. Closer [3:47]
21. Ford Foundation [4:48]
22. Reason To Believe [3:05]
23. Call From Putnam [4:24]
24. Going Home [3:58]
Disc #2 -- Missing
1. 1982 News Segment [2:54]
2. Writing a New Script [3:41]
3. Casting the Actors [5:29]
4. Working With the Hormans [4:02]
5. Shooting In Mexico [5:31]
6. Postproduction and Press [3:47]
7. The Release and the Lawsuit [3:04]
8. Fighting For the Cause [3:59]
1. Life In Santiago [7:03]
2. "Change Was In the Air" [1:43]
3. Two Weeks With Terry [7:33]
4. Ed and Elizabeth Horman [4:22]
5. "Given Assurances" [1:40]
6. Missing [7:28]
1. Thomas Hauser's Book [3:55]
2. Finding a Studio [5:06]
3. "Off We Went to Mexico" [1:40]
4. "Somebody's Lying to Us" [4:17]
5. "Stood the Test" [2:01]
1. Overthrowing Allende [3:16]
2. Protection of U.S. Citizens [2:38]
3. The Horman's Lawsuit [4:20]
4. Call For Declassification [1:41]
5. One Document, Three Versions [2:46]
6. Truth and Accountability [4:06]
1. Gabriel Bryne [1:53]
2. Juan Gabriel Valdés [2:00]
3. Chris Lemmon [:56]
4. David Kendall [2:22]
5. Melanie Mayron and John Shea [5:42]
6. Joyce Horman [1:24]
7. Sissy Spacek [1:26]
8. Reed Brody [1:42]
9. Costa-Gavras [3:22]

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Missing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who sees this movie will feel the power of its story. Anyone who loves America will ache because the truthfulness of its simple message comes through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's incredable the performances given by jack lemmon and sissy spacek. This is the reason these actors have such a following!! stupendous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago