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The Missing Person (2009)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 733 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Mystery
  • Release Date: 3 December 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:95 min
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The Missing Person (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Missing Person (2009)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 733 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Mystery
  • Release Date: 3 December 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:95 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $17,580(USA)(21 February 2010)
  • Director: Noah Buschel
  • Stars: Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan and Frank Wood
  • Soundtrack: Can't Say Why
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Missing Person | Train | Detective | Male Female Relationship | Pursuit

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Noah Buschel  writer

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Errors in geography: 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.

    Plot: Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually… See more » |  »

    Story: 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  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Allen Bain known as producer
    • Lois J. Drabkin known as producer
    • Alex Estes known as producer
    • Petra Hoebel known as co-producer
    • Aaron Levine known as line producer: New York
    • Katie Mustard known as line producer: LA
    • Jason Orans known as executive producer
    • Amy Ryan known as executive producer
    • Jesse Scolaro known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Michael Shannon known as John Rosow
    • Amy Ryan known as Miss Charley
    • Frank Wood known as Harold Fullmer
    • Linda Emond known as Megan Fullmer
    • Paul Sparks known as Gus Papitos
    • Margaret Colin known as Lana Cobb
    • John Ventimiglia known as Hero Furillo
    • Yul Vazquez known as Don Edgar
    • Merritt Wever known as Mabel Page
    • Daniel Franzese known as Agent Craig
    • Liza Weil known as Agent Chambers
    • Paul Adelstein known as Drexler Hewitt
    • Gary Wilmes known as Officer Chehak
    • Halley Wegryn Gross known as Chloe Cunningham
    • Betsy Hogg known as Melody Hayward
    • Joe Lovano known as Himself
    • Kate Arrington known as Jane Rosow
    • Lynne McCollough known as Lynne McCartney
    • Rodrigo Lopresti known as Carlos Clemente
    • Kenny Werner known as Himself
    • Coati Mundi known as Fernando Guerrero
    • Anthony Esposito known as Javier Reyes
    • Steven Marcus known as Sam Cotts
    • Marc J. Ventimiglia known as Boo Boo Lefesti
    • Gray Madder known as Blue Crassner
    • Ben Buschel known as Quinn Duchamp
    • Jennie Epland known as Kathryn Meany
    • Niesha Butler known as Tanya Rogers
    • Michael Elian known as Limo Driver
    • Charles Socarides known as Homer Macauley
    • James A. Stephens known as Old Doorman
    • Abbie Cobb known as Leopard Girl
    • Eliza Swords known as Desert Diner Waitress
    • Reiko Takahashi known as L.A. Sushi Hostess
    • Bobby Collins known as Pilot
    • Prudence Heyert known as Stewardess
    • Michael Huber known as Train Traveler
    • Liz Lee known as Train Station Vagabond
    • Susan Monson known as Jazz Club Hostess (as Siouxsan Monson)
    • Sakura Sugihara known as La Japanese Restaurant Hostess
    • Isaac Gabaeff known as Man on Train (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Jill Astmann known as makeup artist
    • Cyndie Boehm known as additional makeup artist
    • Autumn Butler known as key makeup artist
    • Persefone Karakosta known as makeup department head
    • Julie Anna Kehoe known as hair department head
    • Lesley Poling known as key hair stylist

    Art Department:

    • Jasmine E. Ballou known as property master
    • Sam Bartolone known as art production assistant
    • Grimace Boyer known as art assistant/swing
    • Kelley Burney known as set decorator: New York
    • Lou Charles known as leadman
    • Andy Coolquitt known as on-set dresser
    • Alison Fox known as painter
    • Isaac Gabaeff known as property master
    • Adam Hiner known as art assistant/swing
    • Hudson Meredith known as graphic artist
    • Martin Murray Jr. known as art department production assistant
    • Dori Oskowitz known as art production assistant
    • Jefry Shebroe known as leadman
    • Emma Tapley known as painter
    • Dennis Tillberg known as scenic artist: New York
    • S. Todd Whitaker known as on-set dresser




    Production Companies:

    • 7th Floor, The
    • Apropos Films

    Other Companies:

    • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
    • IndieClear  script clearance
    • Murphy PR  publicity
    • SportsBrandedMedia  sports product placement
    • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility
    • Wildfire Studios  editorial facility
    • Wildfire Studios  sound re-recording


    • Strand Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Palace Films (2009) (Australia) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Andrew J. Bly known as visual effects producer
    • Luis de Leon known as compositor
    • Luke DiTommaso known as compositor
    • Chris Healer known as visual effects supervisor
    • Robert Lopuski known as visual effects supervisor
    • Ted Markovic known as visual effects producer
    • Chad Sikora known as compositor
    • Chad Sikora known as visual effects artist

    Release Date:

    • USA 16 January 2009 (Sundance Film Festival)
    • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • USA 25 March 2009 (Sarasota Film Festival)
    • USA 26 March 2009 (Method Fest Independent Film Festival)
    • USA 27 March 2009 (AFI Dallas)
    • USA 23 April 2009 (Boston Film Festival)
    • USA 29 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
    • USA 5 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • Russia 24 June 2009 (Moscow Film Festival)
    • UK 24 June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
    • Australia 1 August 2009 (Brisbane Film Festival)
    • Germany 18 September 2009 (Oldenburg International Film Festival)
    • USA 15 October 2009 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
    • USA 23 October 2009 (Tallgrass Film Festival)
    • USA 20 November 2009 (limited)
    • Norway 21 November 2009 (Oslo International Film Festival)
    • Sweden 22 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
    • Australia 3 December 2009
    • Hungary 3 October 2010 (TV premiere)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Sundance Girl from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

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

    2. jonahsavant from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      After seeing "Neal Cassady" at the Woodstock Film Festival last year, Iwas interested to see what young director Noah Buschel would do withthe noir genre. I was not disappointed.

      Like his beat "biopic," Buschel turns the genre right on it's head andmakes something completely fresh and new. "The Missing Person" has verylittle to do with it's surface elements, and much more to do withinnovative and original film-making.

      Michael Shannon delivers his best performance to date. It's him in fullmovie star wattage. He looks great, he sounds great, and he makes agreat damaged hero. The rest of the cast is so superb you almost wishthere was more of them in the film.

      Perhaps the best use of jazz music I've heard in a film.

      There will be those who want a faster paced movie. More violence andquickness and loudness. They should just watch "Brick." That was a goodexample of a shallow neo-noir. This is not "Brick." This is a deep andunique film about loss. And also, somehow, a hilarious film about loss.

      Geoffrey Gilmore, the festival director, introduced "The MissingPerson" the night I saw it at Sundance. He said that it was the firstfilm accepted at Sundance this year and that Buschel was doingsomething no one else was doing right now, which was going back to oldforms and making them new again. A lost art, he said. Something that70's directors used to do a lot.

      The key point he made was that "The Missing Person" was an utterlyunique film in the guise of a noir film. I couldn't agree more.

    3. Sharonwebber from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      I had the pleasure of seeing this movie at the Edinburgh Film Festival.While I do not think it will be very popular, for those who like moviesthat are a little unusual, this one is for you. The pacing, the music,the lighting is all unusual and terrific. The director Noah Buschelspoke after the film and said he was trying to make a noir whereeverything happened in very ordinary, everyday ways. A "boring noir" iswhat he called it. In other words, the movie is so low-key that itbecomes almost a different genre than noir.

      But the movie is by no means some kind of abstract experiment. It hadme crying hard at the end of the movie. The credit goes to Buschel andMichael Shannon. Shannon breaks through to another level in this movie,adding a sweetness that I hadn't seen in him before.

      Heartbreaking stuff.

    4. e-swords from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      There is a user comment here that mentions this film as an attempt atclassical noir. Not so. It is an art film with surface elements of thenoir genre. Probably it would be better off playing at museum thanmovie theater. At any rate, if you like David Lynch and Robert Frankand Andy Warhol films– you will love this movie. Michael Shannondelivers his best performance. Finally he is romantic, leading man. Themusic is amazing. And Joe Lovano shows up to blow sax. The golden,desaturated look fits perfectly with the depressed character andhungover feeling. The best scene has glow in the dark sunglasses in adark trunk. I wont say anything else.

    5. Roland E. Zwick ( from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      In "The Missing Person," Michael Shannon goes the Bogart route, playinga cynical, booze-soaked private detective who's hoping to find a littleredemption in his latest assignment, trailing a man he knows little tonothing about – not even his name. But before long, John discovers thatthere's much more to this man than meets the eye, and that the two ofthem are strangely linked to one another through the tragedy of 9/11.In a way, each of them is a "missing person," one in a literal and onein a figurative sense. Indeed, the best thing about "The MissingPerson" is that just as you think the movie is about one thing, itturns out to be about something else altogether.

      This moody, bluesy, boozy movie, written and directed by Noah Buscheland co-starring Amy Adams, is deliberate in its pacing and borderlinepretentious in style, with characters who speak in clipped phrases,uttering half-articulated thoughts and hardboiled wisecracks as thedetails of the story spin themselves out. It may not be for everytaste, but the movie hauntingly captures the different but equallyintense responses people can have to trauma and loss.

    6. Karl-Heinz Hoffmann from Portugal
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      Life is often far more complicated than a choice between what we thinkit's right or wrong. There are so many variables in the game of living,that even after the consequences of the actions we are unable toevaluate the results.

      Once again, Michael Shannon surprises us with an extraordinaryinterpretation of a dense character. The narrative is linear, but thepieces of the puzzle are put together in the right place and time.

      Intense darkness and light, irony, sadness, brief fun, every ingredientturns this cocktail into an extraordinary beverage with an exquisitetaste.

      Make no mistake, this is a superior film.

    7. jotix100 from New York
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      It might be easy to dismiss "The Missing Person" as a derivative filmthat tries to cash on the noir genre. Staying with it will pay off,even though it is an uneven picture, only saved by the mood and theatmosphere director Noah Buschel created for his audience. The filmdelves into a story that is logical and it makes one wonder how manyother cases like the one at the center of the story have been takenadvantage of by unscrupulous people trying to cash in a truly Americantragedy.

      John Rosow tells us in the opening passages about the only thing thatmade him become involved in this mystery was because he answered atelephone call. Little did he know he was going to be drawn into anintriguing tale following a man that, for all practical purposes, hasbeen proclaimed dead. When he is made an offer he cannot refusefollowing Harold Fullmer to Los Angeles from Chicago, he has no ideawhat he will become involved in.

      Harold Fullmer was supposed to have died on the 9/11 attacks to theWorld Trade Center in New York. What nobody knows is that he hassurvived the tragedy and has decided to get a new life away from hispast. Harold decides to save young children that have been abusedagainst their will. He brings them into a Mexican town where a shadycharacter is supposed to see they are returned to their innocent livesbefore they were made victims.

      Noah Buschel, the creator of the film, has gone for style and mood,rather than a plausible story. One can only questions Fullmer's visionabout the good deeds he is supposed to be doing. Turning the damagedchildren he is supposed to be saving to a man whose morals leave a lotto be desired, does not speak well of his sense of justice. Thecharacter of John Rosow recalls a cross between other screen sleuths,mainly Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, to mention just two. The enigmaticCharlie, a peripheral minor player is also an enigma. Ultimately JohnRosow's role in that fatal attack is revealed and his motive of sidingwith Fullmer is clearly understood.

      Michael Shannon makes an impressive Rosow. This young actor keepsgetting better all the time. He is an actor that takes a while to getused to, but he delivers big time as the complex man that has alsosuffered a great loss. Amy Ryan has a small role as Charlie. Theexcellent Margaret Colin serves as a distraction for Rosow in LosAngeles while his investigation is in full swing. Frank Wood lookscatatonic most of the time in his take of Harold Fullmer.

    8. gradyharp from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      Writer/Director Noah Buschel is a name we will likely recognize more asaudiences who missed the theater release of this very quiet moody piecediscover it on DVD. In many way this story and cinematic recreation ofthe story reminds us of the old dark Bogart mysteries – in tone oftelling, in filming gestures, and in the casting. It is a true 'filmnoir' revealed slowly and insidiously in tones of umber, gray, andwashed out colors so prevalent in the early color films and so additiveto this production. For this viewer it works on every level.

      Private Detective John Rosow (Michael Shannon in a brilliantlyunderstated performance) is a down and out, alcoholic, internalized andbruised man who is hired to shadow a man from Chicago to Los Angeles.Rosow seems to be easily manipulated by his 'boss' Gus (Papitos) andsidekick Charley (Amy Ryan), but when Rosow reaches Los Angeles hediscovers that the man he is trailing – Harold Fulmer (Frank Wood) – isdelivering a young Mexican boy to one Don Edgar (Yul Vasquez) who seemsto be running an orphanage for lost kids to either sell to adoptingparents or manipulate otherwise. He is sidetracked by an agent LanaCobb (Margaret Colin) but with the help of a taxi driver Hero (JohnVentimiglia) he finally finds his targeted Harold who insists that heis a lost man, a man who only wants to remain missing to help peoplelike the young Mexican who was an unwanted boy to find some degree ofhappiness. Rosow reports his findings, and surprisingly is told thatHarold wife Megan (Linda Emond) will pay a huge sum of money just toretrieve her missing husband. It seems Harold has been missing since9/11, but instead of dying in that explosion Harold escaped and decidedthe world needed help- the only way he felt he could deliver it was toleave behind his wealthy wife and lifestyle and simply do good,anonymous deeds. Rosow meets with Megan, gets the money, but in doingso Rosow must relive the fact that he has lost his wife and world as aresult of 9/11, changing his priorities of how to end his assignment:does he turn over Harold and take the small fortune or does he followhis heart? He does the right thing.

      Though the story is a strongly told mystery thriller it is first andforemost a story about the loss and disorientation that have paralyzedso many people following 9/11. The beauty of THE MISSING PERSON is themessage that in many ways we are all 'missing persons' now. How weelect to deal with that is the part of the story we individually mustcomplete. Michael Shannon enters the ranks of significant film actorswith this deeply touching role. This is a little film that deserves avery wide audience.

      Grady Harp

    9. samkan from Poconos, Pennsylvania
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      I still unsure what "film" noir means. I'm not entirely convincedpeople who use the term know either. I do know this THE MISSING PERSONis an excellent film. Key elements are the consistency of its tone(dark!) and its even pace. Nothing very surprising or exciting everhappens yet suspense is pervasive. Our hero is a lout and a lush yetnever obnoxious, rude or incoherent. TMP doesn't seem to be about ourgumshoe yet he becomes the focus of the movie; i.e., not the slowlyunraveling plot which leads to a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.Michael Shannon is a stereotypical Hollywood private dick yet seems tobe consciously avoiding the cliché. Try this one out.

    10. Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:45 pm

      The Missing Person is, on the surface, about an alcoholic ex-cop who'sassigned to find the titular character and bring him home to his wife.But it's much more than that; it's a look at how the survivors of theSeptember 11 attacks continued with their lives, post-tragedy, and it'sabout man's powers of self redemption. It's a character study in theguise of a film noir mystery.

      John Rosow, played by Michael Shannon, is contacted by a mysteriousclient to follow a man from Chicago to LA, find out what he's up to,and then bring him home to New York. But Rosow's investigation unearthsmore than a simple retrieval mission, and ultimately it reveals a heckof a lot about him and his past, particularly in how he has dealt withlosing his wife during the 9/11 attacks.

      Because, you see – and you will, early on, no spoiler here – themissing person is one of the many who simply were never heard fromagain after the attacks on the Twin Towers. Many of those people were(and are) presumed dead, but some may have behaved like Harold Fullmer(Frank Wood) and moved elsewhere to get on with their lives anew.Harold's up to something, but luckily for us it's not somethingnefarious (that would have been too obvious, certainly), and soon Rosowis faced with a moral quandary – should he let Harold stay where he is,or is he obligated to bring him back east? Shannon is superb, a craggy,world-weary Johnny Law who's been leaning on the drink for far toolong. We've seen these oversoaked cops before, the ones who are eithercold-shocked by tragedy or just numbed to everyday horrors. But belowthe seen-it-all surface, Rosow has plenty of issues, plenty of badmemories, and plenty of guilt.

      Thus there are dovetailing plots – the apprehension of Fullmer and theredemption of Rosow. Writer Noah Buschel, who also directed, hascrafted a rich, crusty mystery thriller into a psychological study ofthe long-term effects of a truly horrific day in American history,particularly on individuals; in this case, one man flees his memories,while the other embraces them nightly.

      I wanted to mention this movie in particular, because it's certainlynot one that most people have heard of (it's now on DVD). It's a quiet,subtle look at an event that was itself nothing but. It's well writtenand insightful into the psyche of a survivor, and it includes acommanding performance by Shannon (nominated for an Oscar forRevolutionary Road, overshadowing both Kate Winslet and the overactingof Leonardo Dicaprio) along with strong support from Amy Ryan (GoneBaby Gone).

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