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The Missing Person (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 December 2009 (Australia)
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Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed ... See full summary »

Director:

Noah Buschel

Writer:

Noah Buschel
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... John Rosow
Frank Wood ... Harold Fullmer
Amy Ryan ... Miss Charley
Linda Emond ... Mrs. Fullmer
John Ventimiglia ... Hero
Margaret Colin ... Lana
Paul Sparks ... Gus Papitos
Yul Vazquez ... Don Edgar
Paul Adelstein ... Drexler Hewitt
Kate Arrington ... Jane Rosow
Anthony Esposito Anthony Esposito ... Javier
Liza Weil ... Agent Chambers
Daniel Franzese ... Agent Craig
Merritt Wever ... Mabel Page
Gary Wilmes ... L.A. Cop (Eric Jelin)
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Storyline

Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing the missing person back to his wife in New York City. Written by Anonymous

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John Rosow is a private investigator. And an alcoholic. He just got the case of his life.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 December 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az eltűnt személy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,715, 20 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,580, 21 February 2010
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The painting copied by Fullmer's son was "New York Movie" by Edward Hopper. See more »

Goofs

When the train pulls into what's supposed to be Union Station, Los Angeles, the platform is really in Downtown San Diego. John Rosow is next seen in front of Union Station which is 120 miles away by air. Previously, when he boarded the train (the California Zephyr) in Chicago, the same San Diego platform (including the trunk of a palm tree) can be seen briefly through the window. The California Zephyr does not go to either San Diego or LA. It terminates in Emeryville. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Rosow: I could lie there forever. But the phone rang.
[ringing]
John Rosow: Hello?
[still ringing]
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Connections

References Serpico (1973) See more »

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Hold On
Written and Performed by David Forman
Courtesy of Blue Previa Productions
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Elegant, Sad, Funny Rumination on Loneliness and Loss
27 February 2009 | by shirleyclydeSee all my reviews

This movie reminded me a bit of James Gray's movies. Simply shot, actor driven, quiet, sincere, and romantic. While "The Missing Person" is much more of an art film than "Two Lovers," I left with the same feeling of having just watched something very personal and very moving. I don't want to give away too much about this movie, but ultimately it is a film about loneliness and being alone. Sound like a downer? It's not. Michael Shannon delivers his best performance yet as a drunk detective who likes to crack himself up with bad jokes(he cracked up the Sundance audience too.) Amy Ryan, Margaret Colin, and a bunch of other familiar faces provide moments of humor and sadness. Mostly what impressed me about "The Missing Person" was that it wasn't hip or clever. And not fancy either. In fact it was almost the opposite of every movie I saw at Sundance. It was mostly just good, honest film-making . Rare qualities indeed in independent film these days.


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