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Missing in America (2005)

Danny Glover , Ron Perlman , Gabrielle Savage Dockterman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton, Zoe Weizenbaum, David Strathairn
  • Directors: Gabrielle Savage Dockterman
  • Writers: Gabrielle Savage Dockterman, Ken Miller, Nancy L. Babine
  • Producers: Isen Robbins, Gabrielle Savage Dockterman, Aimee Schoof, Blake Corbet
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BPK2JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Missing in America" on IMDb

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Lt. Jake Neeley has lived alone in the woods since the Vietnam War hiding from long buried memories. His gruff exterior and lonely routines are suddenly broken down by a young and feisty girl who drops into his life and works her way into his heart, cha

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film, adult themes October 25, 2006
Format:DVD
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This is a special film that I would recommend for adults. It is about the difficult recovery of the Vietnam veteran community in a rural area of the Pacific Northwest. They live isolated and impoverished lives, trapped in the past. When one of them, played by Danny Glover, takes care of a friend's young daughter, everything changes, and not only does Danny Glover's character begin to learn to love again, but the entire community comes closer.

I would not recommend this film for children, because I think that the adult themes of war recovery, war trauma, and intense grief would be too much for them; probably over 18 would be best for this film. It is not depressing, as you might think reading the synopsis, but is an inspirational film about interdependency, love, and forgiveness. It is not a "happy" film either, though. I would best call it a deep, poignant, and intense film that is an excellent use of the viewer's time. It would be good for an evening when you want to be moved and drawn into something to forget about your own problems or to help you deal with your own grief.

The acting is remarkable, the scenery lovely, and the young actress---Zoe Weizenbaum---who plays the friend's daughter---is perfect for her role. Danny Glover is marvelous, as is Linda Hamilton. An unlikely grouping of actors in a gem of a movie. You won't regret watching it.

****
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, quality, touching film December 12, 2005
Format:DVD
I recently saw Missing in America at the Monaco International Film festival in which it won Best Film! I just ordered it on DVD so I can give them to my friends and family. I think everyone should see this film. It an excellent independent film debut for a truly wonderful director, Gabrielle Savage Dockterman. Danny Glover, Linda Hamilton, David Strathairn, and Ron Perlman are excellent. Zoe Weizenbaum is a wonderful new actress and did a great job. I hope everyone can see this film with someone they love.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing in America October 9, 2006
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I can't add much to what already has been said. But, I found it funny, sad, tragic, and finally, uplifting. Vietnam still affects everyone it touches, and this film does just that. If you watch it, you will be affected. A good movie overall...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't right, but it's real June 30, 2006
Format:DVD
Danny Glover depicts a haunted Vietnam vet who's secluded himself in the Pacific Northwest. When a man formerly under his command shows up with his half Vietnamese daughter, Linny, and entrusts her fate to him, he's reluctant, but he and the girl gradually develop a relationship and also begin to interact with the community around them, including even more isolated Vietnam vets.

This film doesn't have the ending I'd hoped for--in either the theatre or the alternate ending. As a former Vietnam vet I worked with once said, "It ain't right, but it's real."

That's the way I felt when I finished this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful and affecting movie August 30, 2007
Format:DVD
If you can watch this movie and not learn something about the nature of human attachment or how we grieve, you have lost something precious that every feeling person should possess. Even if a few of the characters seem unlikely or contrived, this is a beautiful and affecting movie.

This movie can be a useful tool for anyone who is struggling with the after effects of trauma. That would include those who have been traumatized through physical/sexual assault, child abuse or through war. Because of the potential emotional impact of this movie on these groups, anyone in counseling should consider consulting with their counselor prior to viewing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of FANTASTIC March 9, 2006
Format:DVD
After I finished viewing this movie for the first time I had to take a few minutes to compose myself. I was so deeply moved by the characters who were vividly represented as the plot progressed. The last few scenes left me reaching for the tissue box again and again. While I originally thought it was going to be yet another predictible vet story, I was extremely pleased and surprised to see that FINALLY the screenwriters of this movie had the sense to through in a few twists. I never could have guessed the twists and turns that unfolded, it is pure brilliance on part of the writers.

Light the fire, curl up underneath a warm blanket and clear your night for this movie will bring you to a new place.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 4, 2006
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This is a spectacular, heart wrenching movie. I definitely recommend this movie to any one looking for a good drama with a little comedy as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up! March 9, 2007
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For those who wrote reviews claiming none of what happened in this film is truth I have one thing to say. Their heads are deeply buried in sand. I personally know many young men who returned from this war not only bearing terrible physically injuries, but horrible mental ones. I suspect these same people who think this way deny anything is happening in Irag and that for those that have died a multituted are retuning home mutilated and mentally beyond hope. The saying is all to true "When we do not learn from our past mistakes we are bound to repeat them." WAKE UP!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but...
...it reveals what became of some Vietnam vets after they came home. It's also somewhat moving and definitely memorable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wuchak
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Done Indie Film
Danny Glover plays a Vietnam vet who is suddenly left with a friend's 1/2 Vietnamese daughter to raise. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Samuelfi
5.0 out of 5 stars great story!
Can watch this over and over again. Great job by all actors. Made me laugh, cry and told everyone I know. Funny this movie was never heard of by many I know.
Published 8 months ago by Susan Marie Miner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Have watched it twice. Very good acting and story line. Being a Vietnam vet, I can relate to some of their issues.
Published 10 months ago by F. Andrew Smith Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars half a movie
This movie had such a great start could have been sooooooo much more do not understand what they were thinking with ending went from feel good to as much fun as watching my dog get... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars
Spolier Alert. I really wanted to give this movie 5 stars. All the characters acted great. It had a great story. There was great direction. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by S. Der
1.0 out of 5 stars missing in america
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Why on earth did you send a video that was not suitable for this region [Australia]. What poor service.
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Published on January 14, 2011 by gerald
5.0 out of 5 stars InsearchOfGreatMovies
I've wrote a review under another movie about this movie. All I will say is that this is not only about Vets. It's about learning to love and feel again. Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by insearchOfGreatMovies
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing in America
This is one of those movies that if you were up late at nite and fipping channels and came across it you would start watching to the end. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by Thomas D. Hummel
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
If some of the *reviewers* in here actually *reviewed* the movie and not Danny Glover's political beliefs (ever hear of that thing called the 1st Amendment while you're being... Read more
Published on January 22, 2007 by James A. Dean
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