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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 »

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Noah Buschel

Writer:

Noah Buschel
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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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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.

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Drama

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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

Gross USA:

$17,580
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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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Features Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

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Escamoso
Written and Performed by Lower 48
Courtesy of psycho.logic.records
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A Classic Film Noir that's not quite a classic
19 January 2009 | by wmjahoSee all my reviews

The last great film noir was A Touch of Evil, made 51 years ago. But the genre has never lost its allure and every now and then a filmmaker attempts a neo-noir, some succeeding famously (Chinatown, Body Heat) but most lacking the soul of the classic noirs from the 40's and 50's.

In The Missing Person, director Noah Buschel tries valiantly to recreate the original genre. First, the classic protagonist: Hot star Michael Shannon (Reservation Road) plays John Rosow, a chain-smoking, gin-soaked private detective living in a run-down apartment next to the Chicago L. Then the familiar set-up. A stranger calls and offers way too much money to do what sounds like a simple job. And finally, the twisted tale: Rosow, a former street-smart New York cop, smells something rotten, but is spurred by the money and the conviction that he will be able to outplay the other players.

Shannon makes an intriguing protagonist, grizzled and degenerate but with just enough heart and humanity to make him sympathetic. Unfortunately, the weight of the movie falls entirely on his shoulders. The plot winds its way, with a steady stream of surprises and revelations, but none of them particularly compelling. The secondary characters, especially the perfunctory love-interest, are underdeveloped. And so, despite Shannon's heroic efforts, the film stumbles, and ultimately is tripped up by incredulity and apathy.

Despite these criticisms, film noir lovers will still find enough to enjoy to make the movie worth watching. Just don't expect Orson Welles.


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