Missing, by Costa-Gavras (1982)

Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea and Charles Cioffi. It is based on the true story of American journalist Charles Horman, who disappeared in the bloody aftermath of the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973 that deposed leftist President Salvador Allende.

Missing won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek) and Best Picture. The film also won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, where Lemmon was awarded Best Actor. The score is by the Greek composer Vangelis.

The film opens with Costa-Gavras’ statement that the events of the film are true, and ends with a disclaimer from the United States Department of State, denying that the events in the film happened. Set largely during the days and weeks following Horman’s disappearance, the film depicts his father and wife searching for him in vain.

I have selected two parts from the film. In the first part you will witness one of the most pulsating, touching and truthful pieces of acting in film history when Jack Lemmon talks to the American Ambassador. Tremendous performance, excellent script and directing, great movie. English original version, with English subtitles.

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6 thoughts on “Missing, by Costa-Gavras (1982)

      1. Sorry for late reply Agustin.
        I found the subtitle file.

        I’ve just provided the link of this post to my facebook profile. I hope you won’t mind. 🙂

      2. Of course I don’t. You are most welcome. The blog’s a bit inactive at the moment as the schoolyear is over in Spain and we’re now on holidays, but it’ll be soon alive and kicking again.
        Greetings from Andalucía in Southern Spain.
        Agustín.

  1. Hello Augustin,

    I would like to talk to you about Democratic Rights movement in Spain. Can we exchange email ids?
    You can mail me your your id at my email address.

    Best
    Sandeep

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