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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Eric Schweig, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Daniel Ostroff
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VXMXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,017 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Western set in 1886 starring Tommy Lee Jones as Samuel Jones, a wanderer who abandoned his family years before to travel with a band of Apaches in New Mexico. Over the years, his conscience eats away at him and he finally resolves to return to the family he left years before. But on arrival at the homestead, he finds his wife long dead and his grown-up daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett) and her husband Brake (Aaron Eckhart) filled with bitterness about the past, unforgiving and unwelcoming. Amid a tide of recriminations Jones decides to leave the family - but when a band of ruthless bandits ransacks the homestead, killing Maggie's husband and kidnapping her teenage daughter Lily (Evan Rachel Wood), he becomes Maggie's only hope. Can he track down the bandits before they disappear with Lily into Mexico?

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2006
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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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2004
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2005
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When I rented this film out I didn't think that it'd be the sort of thing I'd normally like, but when I watched I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time.
It is about a teenage girl (Lily) who is kidnapped by Indians and her family's journey to retrieve her. There are a few moving elements in this film, the teenage daughter's relationship with her Mother, and the Mother's relationship with her own longlost Father who had happened to arrive at the point of her granddaughter's kidnapping. Soon the three members of Lily's family (including a little girl) venture off to free her and the other girls held hostage by the Indians.
Highly recommended to those who love action adventure films with a bit of suspense, I am a horror fanatic myself so enjoying an adventure film that much is a real breakthrough for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2010
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The Missing is directed by Ron Howard and adapted by Ken Kaufman from the novel The Last Ride written by Thomas Eidson. It stars Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchet, Eric Schweig, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Ray McKinnon, Val Kilmer & Aaron Eckhart. James Horner scores the music and Salvatore Totino is the cinematographer.

New Mexico 1885 and frontier doctor Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchet) has to seek help from her estranged father Samuel Jones/Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan (Lee Jones), when her eldest daughter is kidnapped by Pesh-Chidin/El Brujo (Schweig) an Apache Warlock who sells girls into prostitution.

An obvious variation on John Ford's The Searchers, The Missing slipped under the radar some what of Western fans who were greatly served by Kevin Costner's Open Range released the same year. It was a box office flop; which in a genre that has rarely hit great heights in modern times is hardly surprising, but to dismiss Howard's film as a fop is just wrong. True enough it's hardly original on the page, but it manages to not sacrifice character depth as it crams in the Western staples. While there is plenty enough here for none Western fans to enjoy; from the many colourful characters on show (including a great horror movie like villain in Schweig), to the panoramic scenery, and the number of action sequences that flit in and out of the narrative. There's a little something for most movie loving fans.

The cast, too, are value for money. Blanchet gives it guts and layers as Maggie, emotionally cold, is forced to put family dissension to one side and take up arms as a Western heroine, and Wood equally holds court with her transference from irksome waif to bold babe.
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