Costa-Gavras

Missing

Missing

Missing is political filmmaker extraordinaire Costa-Gavras's compelling, controversial dramatization of the search for American filmmaker and journalist Charles Horman, who mysteriously disappeared during the 1973 coup in Chile. Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek give magnetic, emotionally commanding performances as Charles'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.

Film Info

  • Costa-Gavras
  • United States
  • 1982
  • 122 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #449

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interviews with Costa-Gavras, Joyce Horman (wife of Charles Horman), producers Edward and Mildred Lewis and Sean Daniel, and Thomas Hauser, author of The Execution of Charles Horman, the film’s source
  • Video interviews from the 1982 Cannes Film Festival with Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Ed Horman (father of Charles), and Joyce Horman
  • Video interview with Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File, examining declassified documents concerning the 1973 military coup in Chile and the case of Charles Horman
  • Highlights from the 2002 Charles Horman Truth Project event honoring Missing, with actors Sissy Spacek, John Shea, and Melanie Mayron, among others
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Wood, an open letter from Horman family friend Terry Simon, an interview with Costa-Gavras, and the U.S. State Department’s official response to Missing

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interviews with Costa-Gavras, Joyce Horman (wife of Charles Horman), producers Edward and Mildred Lewis and Sean Daniel, and Thomas Hauser, author of The Execution of Charles Horman, the film’s source
  • Video interviews from the 1982 Cannes Film Festival with Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Ed Horman (father of Charles), and Joyce Horman
  • Video interview with Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File, examining declassified documents concerning the 1973 military coup in Chile and the case of Charles Horman
  • Highlights from the 2002 Charles Horman Truth Project event honoring Missing, with actors Sissy Spacek, John Shea, and Melanie Mayron, among others
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Wood, an open letter from Horman family friend Terry Simon, an interview with Costa-Gavras, and the U.S. State Department’s official response to Missing

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Missing
Cast
Sissy Spacek
Beth Horman
Jack Lemmon
Ed Horman
Melanie Mayron
Terry Simon
John Shea
Charles Horman
Charles Cioffi
Ray Tower
David Clennon
Phil Putnam
Richard Venture
U.S. Ambassador
Jerry Hardin
Colonel Sean Patrick
Richard Bradford
Andrew Babcock
Joe Regalbuto
Frank Teruggi
Keith Szarabajka
David Holloway
Janice Rule
Kate Newman
Credits
Director
Costa-Gavras
Producer
Edward Lewis
Producer
Mildred Lewis
Screenplay
Costa-Gavras
Screenplay
Donald Stewart
Screenplay
John Nichols
Based on the book by
Thomas Hauser
Executive producers
Peter Guber
Executive producers
Jon Peters
Cinematography
Ricardo Aronovich
Production design
Peter Jamison
Editing
Françoise Bonnot
Costume design
Joe I. Tompkins
Casting
Wally Nicita
Music
Vangelis
Special visual effects
Albert Whitlock

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