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The Missing [DVD] [2004]

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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Aaron Eckhart
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Ken Kaufman, Thomas Eidson
  • Producers: Aldric La'auli Porter, Brian Grazer, Daniel Ostroff, Kathleen McGill, Louisa Velis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, English, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Romanian, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLWK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Maggie Gilkeson (Cate Blanchett) is a young woman raising her two daughters in the desolate wilderness of New Mexico. When eldest daughter Lily (Rachel Evan-Wood - Thirteen) is snatched by a dark hooded phantom with mystical powers, Maggie is forced to reunite with her long-estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) who suddenly appears, offering help. The killer and his brutal cult of desperadoes have kidnapped several other teenage girls, leaving a trail of death and horror across the desolate landscape of the American Southwest. Maggie and her father are in a race against time to catch the renegades and save the girl, before the kidnappers cross the Mexican border and disappear with her forever.


Cate Blanchett blazes through The Missing, a new Western directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13). The camera truly loves the planes of her face; even dusty and bedraggled, she radiates star power--which is good, because The Missing needs it. When her daughter is kidnapped by renegade Indians, Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett) is forced to turn to her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black, The Fugitive), a man who abandoned her as a child to join an Indian tribe. Together, they pursue a malignant brujo (or witch), who sells young girls in Mexico. The Missing features solid supporting performances from Evan Rachel Wood, Eric Schweig, Aaron Eckhart, Val Kilmer, and feisty young Jenna Boyd as Maggie's youngest daughter Dot, who refuses to be left behind. Despite the cast and some gorgeous cinematography, though, The Missing never finds its stride. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Glen VINE VOICE on 10 July 2004
Format: DVD
This is a film that uses the western genre to explore the nature of the father/daughter relationship. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett give superb performances as the estranged pair. The writing and the acting in this film complement each other beautifully, and this film could well make it into the category of "The Great Western".
This film can be watched purely as a cowboys and indians western but there is more to it than that. It has an almost elegaic quality that makes it both attractive and compelling to watch, it is full not only of action, but also has an emotional depth that strikes chords with the viewer.
Is this film worth watching? Yes it is, watch it and you will not only be entertained, you will fnd it stays with you for some time afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jones VINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
THis film is based on a novel by author Thomas Eidson called The Last Ride.

Ron Howard took this story and in many ways improved it. Eidson's novel is based around superstitions and folk stories of the American West and what Howard did was adapted this story for the screen refining the plot and adding an almost cruel edge to the story and modern stance on the plot to attract the modern audience.

Cate Blanchett's character not being married to the man she's with and having two illegitemate children being two examples. What Howard also did was turned the villian, Apache witch doctor Chidin into a true monster.

As for the acting Tommy Lee Jones is excellent as Sam Jones, white man turned indian, but the real show stealer is Blanchett she shows a hardened exterior as women of America truly had.

I won't go into the plot of the film as this has been covered by many reviews before, what i will say is that this is a good work of fiction, excellently and atmospherically filmed that deals with a broken family that pulls together when one member goes missing. Though this film is a long one i cannot mark it down for this as a well worn plot line done told in an original way and the length of film simply conveys the length of time the main characters desperate search goes on for without the ned to tell the viewer.

All in all extremely entertaining and involving film.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2004
Format: DVD
Well what can I say. Tommy Lee Jones and Kate Blanchet providing fantastic roles once again.
The missing is about a father (Jones) who left his daughter (Blanchet) when she was young. He then returns but is rejected by his daughter and her new family until one of Blanchet's daughters is kidnapped by a group of Indians. An Indian himself, Jones offers his help to find the girl along with his daughter and her other daughter.
The missing has a very powerful story and is a great adventure for the whole family. Tommy Lee Jones is at his best and provides a very strong character to the storyline. Even if you don't like western set films (like me) watch this film anyway, its truly amazing and touching. The Missing has every thing that you could want in a film, a good story, good acting, good directing and some action.
With a well thought out plot, a good cast and some brilliant acting this film provides a powerful story and a film that you can really get involved in.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a lovingly made, well acted movie, worth watching. However, it suffers from a) not quite deciding which genre to fall into, and b) being too long at over 130 minutes.

There are echoes of `The Searchers' in the plot.. well, I say echoes, but this is virtually what they like to call these days `a reimagining' of the same story. However the depth of meaning, characters and symbolism from that movie are nowhere near replicated here.

What we do have is a bunch of fine performances by terrific actors, and a degree of authenticity that reminds you what a great director Howard can be.

Blanchett is the mother, whose daughter is abducted to be sold into white slavery, her lover brutally tortured and killed. The army (with a surprise cameo from Val Kilmer) can not / will not help, so she enlists the help of her estranged father - a man who abandoned her when young, and went native with the Indians.

The chase to find them uncovers that the ringleader is actually a `brujo', an Indian witch, and part of the battle is against the brujo's witchcraft.

Therein lies part of the problem of the movie - as good and as well crafted as it is, it has parts traditional Western, part character study, part horror and part plain old thriller - and they are individually interesting, but put all together drag on a little bit too long to be a successful.

Don't be put off, it IS a good movie - just plan a few toilet breaks in the middle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This is a rocking tale of the old West with a considerable element of the real unpleasantness of raiding and reiving. A Brujo leads his crew in kidnapping young women to sell into prostitution in Mexico. Brilliantly played by Eric Schweig he is a mixture of black villain and necromancer escaped from a Carlos Castaneda novel. Hunting him and his coffle is the mother of one girl, her daughter (the annoying kid role) and estranged grandfather. The hard land and hard conduct combine with some typical Babes in Peril features (they always scream when being rescued, and give away the ambush site with their shiny binoculars) to weaken what is otherwise an exciting riff on The Searchers. But after the daftness passes it is the hardness of the land and its people that remain.
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