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Costa-Gavras's tense political drama is set in an unspecified South American country, in the throes of a military coup. American activist Charles Horman (John Shea), who has been a thorn in the side of the country's military ever since his arrival, suddenly disappears. In trying to find out what has happened, his wife Beth (Sissy Spacek) is stonewalled, not only by the ruling junta but by the American consulate. His father, staunchly patriotic Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon), joins Beth in her search. Ed and his ...
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Overview

Costa-Gavras's tense political drama is set in an unspecified South American country, in the throes of a military coup. American activist Charles Horman (John Shea), who has been a thorn in the side of the country's military ever since his arrival, suddenly disappears. In trying to find out what has happened, his wife Beth (Sissy Spacek) is stonewalled, not only by the ruling junta but by the American consulate. His father, staunchly patriotic Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon), joins Beth in her search. Ed and his daughter-in-law have never seen eye to eye politically, and he refuses to entertain the notion that his son's disappearance might be part of a larger conspiracy or cover-up. But as the days grow into weeks, Ed comes to the shattering conclusion that he and his family have been betrayed by the American government, on behalf of the "friendly" South American dictator who holds his people in a grip of iron. Adapted by Costa-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart from a book by Thomas Hauser, Missing was inspired by the true story of the late Charles Horman. In spite of (or perhaps because of) condemnation from certain high-ranking officials in the Reagan administration, the film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 025192418327
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,405

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
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Anyone who sees this movie will feel the power of its story. Any

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES

    It's incredable the performances given by jack lemmon and sissy spacek. This is the reason these actors have such a following!! stupendous

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