The Missing (2003)

The Missing



Critic Consensus: An expertly acted and directed Western. But like other Ron Howard features, the movie is hardly subtle.

Movie Info

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Kenneth Kaufman, Ken Kaufman, Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Box Office: $26.8M
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


as Samuel Lee

as Maggie Gilkeson

as Lilly Gilkeson

as Dot Gilkeson

as Brake Baldwin

as Lt. Jim Ducharme

as Two Stone

as Kayitah

as Rusell J. Wintick

as Isaac Edgerly

as Grummond

as Naazhaao (Hunter)

as Tsi Beoyuao (Blowing...

as Mba'tsu-Naabitin (Wo...

as Izhashe (Bird)

as Hudlao (The One Who ...

as Chauaiao (Evening Ti...

as Aii Sionzilo (Wild H...

as Baby Sally

as Baby Sally

as Aii Dahit'eeo

as Captive Girl

as Captive Girl

as Captive Girl

as Captive Girl

as Captive Girl

as Esmerelda Nunez

as Maria Nunez

as Sheriff Purdy

as Telegraph Operator

as Rancher

as Apache Scout

as Stokley

as Drunk Soldier

as Drunk Soldier

as Captured Apache

as Mexican Slave Trader

as Mexican Slave Trader

as Mexican Slave Trader

as Mexican Slave Trader

as Mr. Jones Stunt Doub...

as Mr. Schweig Stunt Do...

as Macy Devenport
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Critic Reviews for The Missing

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (44)

Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera.

December 12, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Mr. Howard keeps the emotional temperature of the family reunion as chilly as possible, but it's clear that the father-daughter relationship is the core of the drama, and the rest is all time-consuming digressions.

Full Review… | December 10, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

The rawest, scariest, most nerve-rattling saddlebags-and- sagebrush saga since Robert Mulligan's The Stalking Moon.

December 4, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Ron Howard's vividly gritty and brutally arresting Western is a powerfully effective piece of work.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

A disappointment; relentlessly bleak and brutal.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

"The Missing" is overly drawn out but benefits much from Jones's and Blanchett's absorbing performances.

Full Review… | May 9, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Missing

A good movie if you like your westerns without a lot of fluff. Maggie's older daughter is kidnapped by a creepy native psychopath, and it is up to Maggie and her father (who she detests) to save her. As well as dealing with the kidnappers, the relationship between Maggie and her dad must be settled. There is a lot going on in this movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Not even with the names in this movie can keep me awake during this long uninteresting and uncaptivating movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


A pretty good addition to the modern day western, mainly thanks to Ron Howard's direction and Cate Blanchett's performance. I'm not a huge Howard fan (apart from Happy Days) but I'm liking his more recent films. Tommy Lee Jones was good too but he really is a one trick Pony of late, maybe he should try something else for a change because he's becoming a parody of himself. Overall, a pretty good film.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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