The Missing

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Genre: Horror/Suspense
Director: Theatrical Release: 2003
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 154 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Director Ron Howard, who impressed audiences with BACKDRAFT (1991) and A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), has outdone himself with THE MISSING, a wrenching family drama that unfolds in the midst of a classic 1880s Western. This extraordinarily beautiful film offers astounding panoramic photography and inspired performances that enrich a truly hair-raising journey. As ever, Cate Blanchett brings intense realism to the role of Maggie Gilkeson, a New Mexico cattle rancher who dabbles in the healing arts. Her long-estranged father Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) is mistaken for an Indian when he inexplicably shows up on her property hoping for reconciliation; he abandoned his family years earlier to adopt a Native American identity. An embittered Maggie sends him away, but capitulates when her eldest daughter Lilly (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by a band of psychotic Apache killers. When the local sheriff and the U.S. Army balk at chasing the perpetrators, a desperate Maggie turns to her father, praying he is sufficiently savvy in tribal ways to save her daughter.<BR><BR>Blanchett and Jones clearly own this movie, and are both superb. Wunderkind child actor Jenna Boyd is spectacular as Maggie's youngest daughter, Dot. Also noteworthy are a brief but poignant cameo by Val Kilmer as an apathetic Army general and a skin-crawling appearance by Eric Schweig as Chidin, the outlaw leader.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   violence
Eric Schweig - Actor/"Last Of Mohicans"
Brian Grazer - Producer
Cate Blanchett - Australian Actress
Aaron Eckhart - American actor, DARK KNIGHT, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
Kenneth Kaufman - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
John Hallowell -
Salvatore Totino - Director of Photography
Evan Rachel Wood - Actress, LITTLE SECRETS (2001)
Jenna Boyd - Actor, THE HUNTED (2003)
Thomas Eidson - Source Writer, THE MISSING (2003)
Daniel Ostroff - Producer, THE MISSING (2003)
Los Angeles Times
11/26/2003
"...The combined intensity of these two performances obliterates objections and raises the stakes....It's powerful enough to create its own reality..."
Entertainment Weekly
11/28/2003
"...Blanchett always works modestly, with an economy of display that veils her hard technical work..."
Us Weekly
12/15/2003
"...THE MISSING is not to be missed..."
USA Today
12/05/2003
"[T]his gorgeously shot movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, THE SEARCHERS."
Total Film
04/01/2004
"[T]he dusty period tone feels right, Salvatore Totino's stark cinematography parching the landscape with craggy menace."

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