2 videodiscs (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : b&w, ill. ; 19 cm.)
Based on the book "Missing" by Thomas Hauser.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1982.
Director of photography, Ricardo Aronovich ; film editor, Françoise Bonnot ; music composed and arranged by Vangelis ; production designer, Peter Jamison ; special visual effects by Albert Whitlock.
Jack Lemmon (Ed Horman), Sissy Spacek (Beth Horman), John Shea (Charles Horman), Melanie Mayron (Terry Simon), David Clennon (Consul Phil Putman), Janice Rule (Kate Newman), Charles Cioffi (Captain Ray Tower), Richard Venture (U.S. Ambassador).
As the title screens proclaim, "This film is based on a true story. The incidents and facts are documented. Some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent and also to protect the film." In a Latin American country in the throes of a military coup, Charles Horman, an American journalist and filmmaker living there with his wife Joyce, disappears--never to be seen again. His father Ed always found his son flaky and naïve, and didn't approve of his lifestyle, but he joins Joyce in a wild-goose chase through bureaucratic dead ends. They eventually come to suspect that the American consulate is lying to them about Charles' disappearance and about their country's investment in the coup's success. Ed makes the transition from unquestioning patriot to newly awakened skeptic of U.S. covert activities, a decent citizen who embodies the conscience of a nation.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer.
Biographical or Historical Data
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 http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/19991008.
In English and Spanish with optional subtitles in English; subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Winner, Palm D'Or: Costa-Gavras, Best Actor: Jack Lemmon--1982 Cannes Film Festival; Best Film Editing: Françoise Bonnot, Best Screenplay: Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart--1983 BAFTA Film Awards; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart--1983 Academy Awards.