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Missing (1982)

Jack Lemmon , Sissy Spacek , Costa-Gavras  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea, Melanie Mayron, David Clennon
  • Directors: Costa-Gavras
  • Writers: Costa-Gavras, Donald Stewart
  • Producers: Edward Lewis, Mildred Lewis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00049QJ9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Missing" on IMDb

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Debuting on DVD on Universal Studio's budget Studio Selections line, this award-winning film deserves a better home-video fate. With no extras (not even a menu), the budget feel is certainly there, but the DVD does deliver a crisp widescreen presentation (along with 2.0 mono sound). Sometimes fancier--and more expensive--DVDs don't even deliver that much, so the complaining has to be kept to a minimum at this price. --Doug Thomas

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This political thriller has its origins in an actual event - the disappearance of a young American writer and filmmaker, Charles Horman (John Shea), during a South American military coup. Jack Lemmon stars as Charles' father, Ed Horman, a prominent New York businessman, who comes to the aid of Charles' wife, Beth (Sissy Spacek), in her desperate search for her missing husband. They are led in circles, up blind alleys and are confronted with lies and false hopes from both U.S. and foreign officials. But they frantically trudge on together, overcoming their past differences until the painful, shattering conclusion.

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127 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MISSING is left-wing propaganda? Not by a long shot! November 20, 2001
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Based on the true story of Charles Horman,a young American journalist who mysteriously vanished during Chile's 1973 coup and was later found dead, MISSING is an extremely well-constructed political drama--the first American film from Greek director Costa-Gavras (Z, STATE OF SIEGE).
John Shea portrays Charles Horman, who, while covering Chile with a friend (Melanie Mayron), disappears from view, causing his wife (Sissy Spacek) to ask for help from Shea's staunch "my country right or wrong" father Ed (Jack Lemmon). Lemmon openly disapproves of Shea's and Spacek's political views and staunchly supports the preservation of the American way of life. Unfortunately, his rose-colored view of his country slowly but surely come apart as he and Spacek, who are initially at considerable odds, unravel bit by bit important details. As one Chilean informant tells them, Shea disappeared because "he knew too much." He knew that thousands of innocent people were being murdered by the new Chilean government, a staunch right-wing one that ousted a far more Marxist regime led by Salvador Allende.
Eventually, MISSING comes to a point of increased sadness and anger, as Lemmon comes to realize that not only was Shea killed (in the national soccer stadium), but that his own government probably had a hand in doing it. The unfolding tragedy brings Lemmon and Spacek together in the end.
A very poignant and highly dramatic story, with a fine score by Vangelis, MISSING also boasts typically top-of-the-line performances by Lemmon and Spacek, who have never been anything less than watchable.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film is dead-on October 6, 1999
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My husband was born in Chile and his family moved to the US in 1975. His father was held for 3 years in one of the concentration camps. His mother made the children sleep under the beds out of fear from the soldiers. His father was one of the lucky ones to survive, not without the emotional scars to show for it. They have watched this movie and my husband and I own it. His parents have seen it only once, saying that they lived it, and can't bear to relive it. This movie is very real, and those things really happened. If you are at all interested in Chilean history, or civil rights, or if you are in the mood for an incredible movie, I highly suggest this film.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and touching movie September 23, 2004
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First of all, this review is based on the VHS version. I am trying to decide on what extras are included on the DVD before purchasing it.

This is one of the saddest movies I've ever seen. Its a story about disillusionment with ones government seen through the eyes of a father, Ed Hormann (Jack Lemmon) searching for his son, Charles Hormann, in the aftermath of the CIA sponsored overthrow of the Allende Government in Chile, 1972.

Helping him bridge the gap between his utopian view of the United States as promoter and savior of democracy and his son's leftward leaning, Vietnam War era generation view of the world is his daughter in law, Beth Hormann, (Sissy Spacek).

Throughout the ordeal of their search Jack Lemmons character has his eyes pried open to what is happening and he gains respect and admiration for the strength of his son and, especially, his daughter in law, where before existed only contempt at their choice of a "bohemian" lifestyle.

This is based on a true story and the story is continuing to unfold. With immunity being stripped from General Pinochet, many of the documents and witnesses surrounding the events leading up to the roundup and execution of these "leftists" are being brought to light and used against the former dictator in both criminal and civil suits; one of which is based on the events of this movie.

I highly recommend this movie as a human drama and as a historical reference. I can't imagine someone watching this movie and not doing a google search for the true story of these events. When I saw this movie during its general release I ran to the library to do research on the facts surrounding this sad chapter in US diplomacy.

If you do, we all keep Charles Hormann alive in some way.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still timely, gripping political thriller December 15, 2004
Missing is more timely than ever. As of this writing (December 2004) the notorious Chilean dictator Pinochet is now on trial for crimes against humanity in his native country where, if justice prevails, he will be dealt with harshly. In this film, set in an unnamed country but obviously Chile (the cities of Vina del Mar and Santiago are referred to explicitly), Charlie Horman and his wife Beth have come to live, circa the mid to late 70s, and it is there that Charlie goes missing.

The extreme violence of the regime is depicted well here--people are executed both on- and off-screen--but even more piercing is the intentional, cold callousness of the obviously complicitous Americans with titles--either military or political--who think nothing of mentioning a freight charge to an American who has just recently found out about the death of his son and wants the body sent back to the US.

In probably his best dramatic performance on film, Jack Lemmon portrays Ed Horman, Charlie's father, who, with Beth, initiates a search for his missing son. At first dismissive of Beth's clearly liberal politics, he quickly comes to understand the reason for her cynicism. In the face of harsh indifference, brutal lies, and extreme violence, his humanity emerges and we see a man at the end of his tether expressing what is deepest and truest in his heart.

Sissy Spacek as Beth is also very fine, as is the supporting cast--John Shea as Charlie, Charles Cioffi as the snide Major Towers, Joe Regalbuto as a friend of Charlie's who refuses to accept just how bad things are, and David Clennon as a particularly obnoxious American diplomat. But this is a tour-de-force for Jack Lemmon and he is absolutely riveting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Movie
This was more of a docudrama than a mere film. I like watching masters of the craft like Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Bing
5.0 out of 5 stars Only american film by Costas-Gavras
This is a very, very good film. If you enjoy this and have no aversion to subtitles, do a director credit search. Read more
Published 3 months ago by csmith8354
5.0 out of 5 stars very, very good
a story about the involvement of the USA in the coup d'état of Pinochet in the 70's in Chile. I always liked this movie, the real story is like a suspense plot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jose
5.0 out of 5 stars The other September 11th...
Brought home to Americans the brutal coup in Chile by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. (9-11-73) Was the U.S. military involved?
You bet!
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars .
This movie can show to the people about the real history of Chile, how the people suffer in hands of the military, how they were killed. September 11 a day for not forget.
Published 5 months ago by carolina nogue-stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
Based on a true story, a fathers journey to find his son, Charles Horman, turns up missing. Together with his daughter in law, Beth searching for the truth of what happened during... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Jean Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Very interesting and informative film,. I like Costa-Gavras work very much, I remember very well this particular case !!! That Sep. 11!!!
Published 6 months ago by aegaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
You can't go wrong with sissy Spacek, although some of her older movies are a little out there, but this one is great, well done, always keeps you on your seat, and you won't be... Read more
Published 7 months ago by boadica
5.0 out of 5 stars Only my opinion
Superb acting, Jack Lemmon at his best. Political, suspenseful, one of the best film of that era, very well made
Published 8 months ago by tessa surany
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Based on a true story, this movie will make you more likely to never accept the "official" version of anything.
Published 9 months ago by Rick
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