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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, Charles Cioffi
  • Directors: Costa-Gavras
  • Writers: Costa-Gavras, Donald Stewart, John Nichols, Thomas Hauser
  • Producers: Edward Lewis, Jon Peters, Mildred Lewis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Oct. 21 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001CW7ZS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,020 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Missing (The Criterion Collection)

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The peril facing a lone American amid Third World political turmoil is elegantly communicated in this important film from Costa-Gavras (Z), adapted by the director and Donald Stewart from Thomas Hauser's nonfiction book. The key to its power onscreen stems from the decision not to center the action merely on the disappearance of Charles Horman (John Shea), but also on the search for him by his father Ed (Jack Lemmon)--and on Ed's discovery of a son he never knew. The Oscar-winning script flows freely between that search and Charles's earlier experiences in the unnamed country (in the true account, Chile). Providing a link between those two stories is Charles's wife Beth (Sissy Spacek), who follows her father-in-law around a country in chaos, teeming with reckless authority and disinterested American diplomats (epitomized by ace character actor David Clennon). The film, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, is certainly manipulative, but it works because of its finely detailed human elements. Usually emotionally extroverted, Lemmon gives one of his finest performances playing against that type--here, he's a controlled, intellectual man who learns more about his son, and his country, than he ever dreamed he would. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As a young American who was not even born in the time when the actions in this film were taking place, this movie was one of my first real interactions with the subject matter. The performances of Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek take the audience on their characters' personal journeys which is a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss. It is a striking look at just what the American government may have been up to to try and protect its own interests. Costa-Gavras does a great job of showing the audience just what other possibilities exist and how you can't necessarily believe everything the government tells you.
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Constantin Costa-Gavros is one of my favorite directors and film makers. In 1982 he crossed into the main stream with the Hollywood backed "Missing." This is a film about the military coup, led by General Agusto Pinochet, and the violent overthrow of Chile's democratically elected President Salvador Allende's Popular Unity Government in 1973. The U.S. government, and the CIA, assisted the Chilean military in the coup. This is a terrible tale of the torture and murder of innocents, and the personal, true story of one of them, U.S. citizen Charles Horman. Horman was a gentle, kind young man with a love of writing and the arts.
Charles and his wife Beth, movingly portrayed by Sissy Spacek, were living in Chile, as were many foreigners at that time, to learn about the new socialist coalition government that had come together under Allende. There was much excitement and idealism in the air. Horman, after witnessing US government military and CIA officials in Valparaiso, Chile, was driven back to Santiago by an American stranger, during the first hours of the coup. He disappeared shortly after his return home. Not one member of his family, or his friends saw him alive again.
Charles Horman's father, brilliantly played by Jack Lemmon, traveled to Santiago immediately, and he and Beth began a long, terrifying and unrewarding search for the disappeared young man. Mr. Horman was very conservative politically, and disapproved of Charles' and Beth's move to Chile. He was a patriotic American who believed that the US government would certainly help him find his son. He slowly began to acknowledge the truth, with Beth leading the way, about the US Embassy's cover-ups and lies.
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This award winner movie is a masterpiece.It is the ture story of Charles Horman,US citizen, who disappeared days after a bloody coup d'etat in Chile during septemeber of 1973. Soon his wife realice that he has been arrested by the Chilean military.WIth charles's father they search for him in everywhere with the apparent help of the US officials working at the US embassy. The reality that they encounter on their search for charles reveals the cruelty of the militar dictatorship and the political game of manipulation that begun with the search for Charles.
Althought at the begining of the movie there is a warning saying that some names had been changed to protect the movie, the movie does a magnificent work to use names that are really close aproximation to the real ones. The movie also does a good job selecting the locations, the places certainly have similar characteristics to those that you could find in Chile back then, this gives the movie an authenticity flavor.Because this movie gives a loyal accounts of the facts it deserves five stars.
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Costa-Gavras's "Missing" is compelling from beginning to end. The way the movie slowly unravels revealing the events that lead to the execution of Charles Horman, is exceptionally well done.
There is a great deal of suspense, which keeps the audience on the edge of its seat throughout, however, what makes "Missing" an unforgettable movie, is how the frightening experience of a coup was so well presented. The military's absolute control over the fate of many innocent civilians, produced a terrifying feeling. The atmosphere of the coup was handled with great care by the director.
Jack Lemmon's performance as Horman's conservative father was truly convincing and Sissy Spacek was equally brilliant. The changes that occurred in the relationship between the two characters as the plot developed, added great depth to the issues the movie was considering.
"Missing" is one of the most important moves made of this genre and is a must see for anyone wishing to understand the politics of this region.
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Greek director Costa-Gavras has made a specialty of selecting film projects with controversial political themes. Yves Montand starred in the highly acclaimed Gavras film "Z" about the takeover of Greece by a group of colonels in the nation where democracy began. Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek star in the 1982 film "Missing," which won the Gold Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival and secured an Oscar for Costa-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart for Best Adapted Screenplay.
"Missing" has renewed significance now, twenty years after it was released,with increasing concern about General Auguste Pinochet, the Chilean strongman who came to power in a bloody coup in which the nation's elected president, Salvador Allende, was killed. Recent efforts have been ongoing to try Pinochet as a war criminal, initially in Britain, and now in Chile. Just last year the widow of the young American slain in the film filed a civil suit against Pinochet, while during the period of the movie's initial release the U.S. Ambassador to Chile at the time of the coup filed a suit in connection with the film. Certain investigative efforts have linked the Central Intelligence Agency and International Telephone and Telegraph to the coup. Meanwhile the Belgian government, which has investigated activities surrounding the coup, is seeking to talk to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Jack Lemmon plays the role of a New York City man who is conservative politically and a teetotaling practitioner of Christian Science. His liberal, free-spirited son, who is seeking a career as a writer, has stopped in Chile while on tour of South America with his equally free-spirited wife, Sissy Spacek.
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