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Lewis, Edward, producer, interviewee.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, 2008.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages ; illustrations ; 19 cm.).
A film based on the disappearance of journalist Charles Horman. A father searches for his missing son during the oppressive and violent political chaos of the 1973 Chilean coup. Seeking help from local bureau of the U.S. State Department, family frustration grows as the situation becomes more complex.

A film based loosely on actual events. A declassified document released in 1999 by the U.S. Government appears to contradict the State Department's official statement on the film, supporting the essential themes of the film. From
General Note:
Widescreen format (1.85:1); Special ed.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1982.

Based on the book : The execution of Charles Horman / by Thomas Hauser.

"Enhanced for widescreen tvs" -- Container.

Special feature (disc 1): original theatrical trailer (3 min.).

Special feature (disc 2): Video interview with Costa-Gravas excerpted from the 1982 television news program JA2 20H (3 min.); video interview with Costa-Gravas for the 2006 French DVD release (30 min.); "Joyce Harmon on Missing" interview with the widow of Charles Horman (30 min.); "Producing Missing" interview with producers Edward and Mildred Lewis and Sean Daniel, and author of the source novel Thomas Hauser (18 min.); "1982 Cannes Film Festival" interview with Lemmon, Costa-Gavras, Charles' father Ed Horman, and family friend Terry Simon (20 min.); "Pursuing truth" interview of Peter Kornbluh, director of the National Security Archive's Chile Documentation Project (20 min.); "In honor of Missing" 2002 award ceremony held by the Charles Horman Truth Project for the film (21 min.).

Program notes on container insert include an essay "Who would care about us if we disappeared?" by critic Michael Wood, an open letter "Real People" by friend-of-the-family Terry Simon, interview notes "An Interview with Costa-Gavras" by Cineaste editor Gary Crowdus, and the U.S. State Department's official response to the film.
Added Title:
Execution of Charles Horman.

Real people.

Who would care about us if we disappeared?

Interview with Costa-Gavras.
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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