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122 min.
United States United States
Donald E. Stewart, Costa-Gavras (Novel: Thomas Hauser)
Ricardo Aronovich
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Universal Pictures
Drama | Politics. Based On A True Story. Chilean Dictatorship. 1970s
Synopsis / Plot
This political thriller winner (ex aequo) of the Golden Palm in Cannes Film Festival has its origins in an actual event – the disappearance of a young American writer and filmmaker, Charles Horman (Shea), during a South American military coup. Jack Lemmon stars as Charles’ father, Ed Horman, a prominent New York businessman, who comes to the aid of Charles’ wife, Beth (Spacek), in her desperate search for her missing husband. They are led in circles, up blind alleys and are confronted with lies and false hopes from both U.S. and foreign officials. But they frantically trudge on together, overcoming their past differences until the painful, shattering conclusion.
1982: Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1982: Golden Globes: 5 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1982: BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay & Best Editing. 7 Nominations
1982: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay
1982: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm) (ex aequo) & Best Actor (Jack Lemmon)
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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