Missing (1982 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCosta-Gavras
Screenplay byCosta-Gavras
Donald E. Stewart
Based onThe Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice
1978 book
by Thomas Hauser
Produced byEdward Lewis
Mildred Lewis
CinematographyRicardo Aronovich
Edited byFrançoise Bonnot
Music byVangelis
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 1982 (1982-02-12)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$9.5 million[2]
Box office$16 million (US)[3][4]

Missing (stylized as missing.) is a 1982 biographical drama film directed by Costa-Gavras from a screenplay written by Gavras and Donald E. Stewart, adapted from the book The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice (1978) by Thomas Hauser (later republished under the title Missing in 1982), based on the disappearance of American journalist Charles Horman, in the aftermath of the United States-backed Chilean coup of 1973, that deposed the democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende.[2]

It stars Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, Janice Rule and Charles Cioffi. Set largely during the days and weeks following Horman's disappearance, the film examines the relationship between Horman's wife Beth and his father Edmund and their subsequent quest to find Horman.

Missing was theatrically released on February 12, 1982 to critical acclaim and modest commercial success, grossing $16 million on a $9.5 million budget. The film premiered at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival where it was jointly awarded the Palme d'Or (along with the Turkish film Yol), while Lemmon won the Best Actor prize. It received four nominations at the 55th Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Actor (for Lemmon), Best Actress (for Spacek) and won Best Adapted Screenplay. The film created significant controversy in Chile and was banned during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, even though neither Chile nor Pinochet is ever mentioned by name (although the Chilean cities of Viña del Mar and Santiago are).[5]

  1. ^ "Estudios Churubusco". British Film Institute. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Wolf, William (1 February 1982). "Costa-Gavras Goes to Hollywood". New York. p. 44.
  3. ^ "Missing (1982)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ Box Office Information for Missing. The Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1982). "Missing (1982)". RogerEbert.com. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 16, 2017.

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