Missing (1982)



Critic Consensus: Thanks in large part to strong performances by Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon, Missing is both a gripping character exploration and an effective political thriller.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mildred Lewis, Donald Stewart, Donald E. Stewart, John Nichols, Costa-Gavras
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Universal Pictures

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as Ed Horman

as Beth Horman

as Charles Horman

as Terry Simon

as Capt. Ray Tower

as Consul Phil Putnam

as US Ambassador

as Col. Sean Patrick

as Carter Babcock

as Frank Teruggi

as David Holloway

as David McGeary

as Kate Newman

as Congressman

as Maria

as Statesman

as Col. Clay

as Peter Chernin

as Mrs. Duran

as Espinoza

as Marine Officer

as Samuel Roth

as Woman (Ford Foundati...

as Young Woman

as Woman (State Departm...

as Hotel Manager

as Embassy Operator

as Woman in US Embassy

as Airport Captain

as Sexy Soldier

as Laundry Officer

as Young Man at Stadium

as Marine Officer
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Critic Reviews for Missing

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

A story that could have made for a brisk jeremiad on 60 Minutes is stretched to 122 minutes of heroes fuming and villains purring their oleaginous apologies. Spacek and Lemmon, an appealing sweet-and-sour combo, sink in the swamp of good intentions.

Full Review… | March 29, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Lemmon is superior as a man facing up to issues he never wanted to confront personally.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Spacek and Lemmon are fine as the missing man's wife and father, but what makes the film so overwhelming in places is its unending night-time imagery of a society coming apart at the seams.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie might have really been powerful, if it could have gotten out of its own way.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Among other things Missing does is to convince you that, next time, you're not going to waste your vote. The passive citizen is the citizen-victim.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Graphic portrayal of dictatorship's abuses is unforgettable.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Missing


Incredible performances by Jack Lemon and Sissy Spacek under Gavras' strong direction make this not much remembered film worthwhile.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer


A thoughtful, sad docu-drama about the true story of an American father searching for his left-wing son who went missing during the Chilean coup d'état of '73. The pace and production is very late 70s / early 80s, but the story absorbs you into the journey the characters undertake.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer



Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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