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Missing (1982)

Director:
Costa-Gavras
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Political
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Missing - Savnet
RUNNING TIME
122 minutes
Producer:
Edward Lewis
Mildred Lewis
Screenwriter (based on the book by Thomas Hauser):
Donald E. Stewart
Costa-Gavras


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ed Horman Jack Lemmon ˝
Beth Horman Sissy Spacek
Terry Simon Melanie Mayron ˝
Charlie Horman John Shea
Capt. Ray Tower Charles Cioffi
Consul Phil Putnam David Clennon
U.S. Ambassador Richard Venture
Colonel Sean Patrick Jerry Hardin
Andrew Babcock Richard Bradford
Frank Teruggi Joe Regalbuto

 

Review

Well-meaning and clearly partisan political thriller set in Chile during the coup d'état in 1973 and based upon the true story of American journalist Charles Hoffman, who disappeared in the chaotic aftermath of the coup. Although writer/director Costa-Gavras arguably tried to be objective and factual, albeit a little too conceited, seen with thirty years of retrospect, Missing has got a somewhat too obvious "sticking it to the Man" vibe, which makes it feel more as a product of its time than Costa-Gavras probably would have hoped for. In other words, the film has dated a little. But a couple of fine performances coupled with Costa-Gavras purposeful direction still makes this a good film.

 

Copyright © 17.10.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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