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FULL SYNOPSIS

Costa-Gavras's tense political drama opens in an unspecified South American country (though clearly intended to be Chile) 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Jack Lemmon Best Actor 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Lemmon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Lemmon Best Actor 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sissy Spacek Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sissy Spacek Best Actress 1982 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Françoise Bonnot Best Editing 1982 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Costa-Gavras Best Screenplay 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Costa-Gavras Best Adapted Screenplay 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Costa-Gavras Best Director 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Costa-Gavras Best Screenplay 1982 Nominee

Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Ed Horman
Sissy Spacek
as Beth Horman
Melanie Mayron
as Terry Simon
John Shea
as Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi
as Capt. Ray Tower
David Clennon
as Consul Phil Putnam
Richard Venture
as U.S. Ambassador
Jerry Hardin
as Col. Sean Patrick
Richard Bradford
as Carter Babcock
Joe Regalbuto
as Frank Teruggi
Keith Szarabajka
as David Holloway
John Doolittle
as David McGeary
Janice Rule
as Kate Newman
Ward Costello
as Congressman
Hansford Rowe
as Senator
Tina Romero
as Maria
Wallis Nicita
Robert Hitt
as Peter Chernin
Jaime Garza
as Young Man at Stadium
Terry Nelson
as Col. Clay
Jorge Russek
as Espinoza
Martin Lasalle
as Paris
Joe Tompkins
as Marine Officer
Linda Spheeris
as Woman (State Department)
Gerardo Vigil
as Sexy Soldier

Crew

Costa-Gavras
Director
Costa-Gavras
Screenwriter
John Nichols
Screenwriter
Thomas Hauser
Book Author
Ricardo Aronovich
Cinematographer
Vangelis
Composer (Music Score)
Françoise Bonnot
Editor
Peter Jamison
Production Designer
Lucero Isaac
Art Director
Terry Nelson
Associate Producer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Peter Guber
Executive Producer
Linda Spheeris
Set Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
Daniel Brisseau
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert J. Whitlock
Special Effects
Elie Cohn
First Assistant Director
Bette Iverson
Hair Styles
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