During the Chilean military coup d’état of 1973, a young, leftist American writer disappears. His father arrives from the US in order to aid his daughter-in-law in finding him. A marvelous Cold War era political thriller from the master of the genre, Greek-French director Costa-Gavras.
A fast-paced thriller with a strong historical significance. Displays a portrait of the difficult and turbulent times of the Chilean coup of 1973, times of political and social unrest in the South American country. Left-wing president Salvador Allende is overthrown by the police and armed forces, backed by the right-wing parliament (Congress) and the USA. This eventually leads to the ascension to power and 17-year rule of Augusto Pinochet.
Great performances all around, notably from Jack Lemmon, whose character is forced by fate to re-think some of his political and social views.
One of Costa-Gavras’ best films and one of a handful of his works in English. Based on the book of the same name by Thomas Hauser and the real-life true story of American journalist Charles Horman, who disappeared in the aftermath of the coup. The film caused quite a large controversy and was banned in Chile during Pinochet’s rule, as well as removed from the American market during a lawsuit for defamation of character by the former American ambassador at the time.
Winner (together with Yol) of the Palme D’Or at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
Missing Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea