New York Times - 02/12/1982
"...A suspense-thriller of real cinematic style....[Lemmon and Spacek] are superb..."
USA Today - 12/03/2004
"[T[his surprise hit based on the case of Ed and Charlie Horman rings true..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/31/2008
"Greek director Costa-Gavras is like Oliver Stone with subtlety....Heartbreaking..." -- Grade: B+
A young American journalist mysteriously disappears during a violent military coup in a South American country. When his wife & father attempt to find him, they are confronted with a deeply disturbing political reality.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Missing is political filmmaker extraordinaire Costa-Gavras's compelling, controversial dramatization of the search for American journalist Charles Horman, who mysteriously disappeared during the 1973 coup in Chile. Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek give magnetic, emotionally commanding performances as Horman's father and wife, who are led by U.S. embassy and consulate officials through a series of bureaucratic dead-ends before eventually uncovering the terrifying facts about Charles's fate and disillusioning truths about their government. Written and directed with clarity and conscience, the Academy Award winning Missing is a testament to Costa-Gavras's daring.
Director Constantin Costa-Gavras made his English-language film debut with this political thriller, based on a true story. Although the nation depicted is never named directly, the action clearly takes place in Chile after the military coup. "Missing" centers around the disappearance of Charles Horman, an American expatriate who lives with his wife Beth in South America. One night, armed soldiers enter their home and drag him away. In desperation, Beth decides to contact Charles's father, Ed, and ask for help. In contrast to his left-wing daughter-in-law, Ed is staunchly patriotic. But as he gets the runaround from both American and Chilean officials, Ed receives a cold, hard lesson in political reality... and learns some ugly truths about US involvement in Latin America.