Directed By: Ron Howard Starring: Tommy Lee Jones Cate Blanchett

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In the desolate wilderness of new mexico, an estranged father returns home to make peace with his adult daughter. When her child suddenly vanishes, father and daughter delve into the supernatural to get her back.


Studio Sony
SKU 40247044
UPC 043396062870
UPC 14 00043396062870
Format DVD
Release Date 6/28/2005
Rating Rating
Native Americans
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.^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.
Los Angeles Times "...The combined intensity of these two performances obliterates objections and raises the stakes....It's powerful enough to create its own reality..." 11/26/2003 p.C3
Entertainment Weekly "...Blanchett always works modestly, with an economy of display that veils her hard technical work..." 11/28/2003 p.99
Us Weekly "...THE MISSING is not to be missed..." 12/15/2003 p.84
USA Today "[T]his gorgeously shot movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, THE SEARCHERS." 12/05/2003 p.12E
Total Film "[T]he dusty period tone feels right, Salvatore Totino's stark cinematography parching the landscape with craggy menace." 04/01/2004 p.34
Ron Howard
Tommy Lee Jones
Cate Blanchett
Cast & Crew
Aaron Eckhart - Actor
Brian Grazer - Producer
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Daniel Ostroff - Producer
Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
Evan Rachel Wood - Actor
James Horner - Original Music By
Jenna Boyd - Actor
Ken Kaufman - Screenplay
Mike Hill - Editor
Ron Howard - Director
Ron Howard - Producer
Salvatore Totino - Cinematographer
Sergio Calderon - Actor
Thomas Eidson - Based On Novel By
Tommy Lee Jones - Actor
Val Kilmer - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 06287
UPC 00043396062870
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 136 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Although Westerns will almost never be as popular as they were during their heyday, they (like music
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Ron Howard directs the film with a taste and restraint that eluded him in his younger years. That ma
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review At 135 minutes, The Missing is way too long. This is basically a B Western jumped up out of i
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Jones,Tommy Lee
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin, Hot Ticket Compelling...Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones are terrific!
Steve Oldfield, Fox-TV Ron Howard delivers a powerful film.

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