Missing (stylized as missing.) is a 1982 American 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. 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.
Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) arrives in Chile to search for his son Charlie (John Shea), who worked as a journalist and disappeared during the recent military coup. Ed meets his daughter-in-law, Beth (Sissy Spacek), with whom he has a strained relationship and they fight over politics. Ed blames his son and daughter-in-law's radical political views for Charlie' disappearance, while Beth blames the American government. Ed uses his connections to meet with various government officials to find out the truth about his son's disappearance.
|author||Costa-Gavras Donald E. Stewart Thomas Hauser|
|award||Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay National Board of Review: Top Ten Films Palme d'Or Writers Guild of America Award|
|genre||drama political social thriller|
|keywords||1973 chilean coup d\'état american embassy autopsy disillusion enhance government official hide military coup murder pinochet present day state department strained relationship|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|productionCompany||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment|
|theme||biographical drama docudrama missing people political thriller|