DVD 137 mins IMDB 6.4 (7,311 votes)
The Missing
Revolution Studios (2003)
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(2004 )
Action, Drama, Thriller, Western
USA  /  English

Tommy Lee Jones Samuel Jones a.k.a Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan
Cate Blanchett Maggie Gilkeson
Evan Rachel Wood Lilly Gilkeson
Jenna Boyd Dot Gilkeson
Aaron Eckhart Brake Baldwin
Val Kilmer Lt. Jim Ducharme
Sergio Calderón Emiliano
Eric Schweig Pesh-Chidin a.k.a. El Brujo
Steve Reevis Two Stone
Jay Tavare Kayitah
Ray McKinnon Russell J. Wittick
Simon Baker Honesco
Max Perlich Isaac Edgerly
Ramon Frank Grummond
Deryle J. Lujan Naazhaao/'Hunter'

Director Ron Howard
Producer Brian Grazer; Ron Howard; Daniel Ostroff
Writer Thomas Eidson; Ken Kaufman
Cinematography Salvatore Totino
Musician James Horner
User Credit 1 Daniel P. Hanley; Mike Hill
User Credit 2 Julie Weiss

Director Ron Howard turns to the Western genre in this tale of a father and daughter who are brought together under difficult circumstances. Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) is a man living in New Mexico in the 1880s. He had abandoned his family years before to live and travel with a band of Apaches, but his conscience has finally gotten the better of him and he's decided to return home. Jones, however, does not receive a warm welcome upon arrival — his wife has died and his daughter Maggie Gilkeson (Cate Blanchett), now grown and raising two children with her husband Brake (Aaron Eckhart), has no desire to see the man who left her mother to fend for herself. As Jones prepares to depart on a note of bitterness, a band of ruthless bandits, let by Army deserter Chidin (Eric Schweig), descends upon the homestead, murdering Brake and kidnapping his 15-year-old daughter Lily (Evan Rachel Wood). While Maggie feels no desire to forgive her father, she realizes he's her best hope to track down the criminals who took her child, and Jones and Maggie team up to find the bandits before they can disappear into Mexico. The Missing was based on the novel The Last Ride by Thomas Eidson. Val Kilmer and Jenna Boyd highlight the supporting cast. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396025431
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/24/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Violence.
User Text 2 How far would you go, how much would you sacrifice to get back what you have lost?
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Trivia: Val Kilmer, who lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, agreed to a cameo in this film, secondary to his work with New Mexico's Film Investment Program. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: Even though the film is set in the 1800s, in one of the panned shots near the homestead, there are distinct, tightly-spaced logging roads visible on one of the distant hillsides. (more)

Quotes: Chidin: [speaking Chiricahua] Take your bad luck to your grave. (more)

Awards: 1 win & 8 nominations (more)