The Missing

The Missing

DVD - 2004
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A young plainswoman living in the desolate wilderness has one of her daughters snatched away by a dark-hooded phantom with shape-shifting powers.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, c2004
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781404960824
1404960821
Branch Call Number: FIC Missi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 137 min.) : sd., col.

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Dec 10, 2012

Kayitah (speaking Chiricahua): "...Forget the hides. Give us your horses and your guns and we'll call it even." Samuel Jones/Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan: "They want our horses and guns." Maggie Gilkeson: "I am not giving over my horses! (to Kayitah) You understand? You'll have to kill me first! (turns to Samuel) You tell em... You, you tell em what I said!" Samuel Jones/Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan (speaking Chiricahua): "Now look. You pissed her off." Kayitah (speaking Chiricahua): "How can you tell? You people look pissed off all the time."

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Monolith
Dec 10, 2012

Maggie Gilkeson: "...You know that Indian name of yers? Well, what's that -- what's that mean?" Samuel Jones/Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan: "Very hard to translate that." Maggie Gilkeson: "Try it." Samuel Jones: "It means "sh*t for luck." "

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Monolith
Dec 10, 2012

Maggie Gilkeson: "What did you see in them... you didn't see in us? ...Why didn't you stay?" Samuel Jones/Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan (breathes deeply): "There's an Apache story about a man that woke up one morning and saw a hawk on a limb. Walked outside and never returned. After he died, he met his wife in the spirit world -- she asked him why he never came home -- he said, "Well, the hawk kept flying!"...There's always the next 'something', Maggie. And that will take a man away."

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lakeland53
Aug 12, 2017

I really enjoyed this film. It could have been shorter: the two leads keep the dialogue going of the past too many times. It could have been resolved in one conversation without being re-visited. That bored me. I think the film could have been 20 mins. shorter. We still would get the point.
But the rest of the film was very well done, and did not bore me at all. Very high production values: lighting, sets, costumes, sound, acting very good. The best I've seen from Tommy Lee in a long time. Good story & cast. Blanchett believable and very good. Tough girl. Good cowboy film.
The only reason for the 4 stars was the length, otherwise, a 5 star film.

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Dec 10, 2012

Parallels have been made about this Ron Howard film and the iconic John Ford Western with John Wayne, "The Searchers". I suppose that could be the case in ANY film where a child is abducted, and a parent or relative goes after them. I ignored that criticism, or observation, or what have you, and judged the movie simply for what it was. And it was decent. Not great, but not bad. I admire both leads, Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones, very much. They alone were enough to carry the film for me. The supernatural mumbo-jumbo was a bit much, and it was kinda predictable, but altogether, an enjoyable modern Western.

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