Missing (1982)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 12, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Graphic portrayal of dictatorship's abuses is unforgettable.

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Variety Staff

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

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A powerful, influential and tense political thriller based on a true story.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Still relevant 34 years after its release and 43 years after the events it depicts. [Full review in Portuguese.]

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TV Guide

Though Costa-Gavras clearly has a political axe to grind, he manages to do so without haranguing the viewer, keeping the film's focus on his characters and masterfully building tension as the story moves toward its stinging resolution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
Incredible performances by Jack Lemon and Sissy Spacek under Gavras' strong direction make this not much remembered film worthwhile.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Well-made and engaging. We had to watch this in High School and I enjoyed it.
Ross Collins
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… More
jay nixon
masterful work by sissy spacek and jack lemmon and a compelling based on fact story make this a truly great film
Leigh Ryan
Byron Brubaker
Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek are so natural. Have you ever watched the show Without A Trace? This is basically a feature length version of that show, but with… More