The Missing Person

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The Missing Person
Directed by Noah Buschel
Written by Noah Buschel
Starring Michael Shannon
Amy Ryan
Frank Wood
Linda Emond
Margaret Colin
John Ventimiglia
Merritt Wever
Paul Adelstein
Liza Weil
Daniel Franzese
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Release dates
  • September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) (TIFF)
  • November 20, 2009 (2009-11-20) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $48,895

The Missing Person is a 2008 comedy-drama mystery film written and directed by American independent filmmaker Noah Buschel and starring Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan. It was first released at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, distribution rights were secured by Strand Releasing. The film released to a limited number of theaters on November 20, 2009.


John Rosow (Michael Shannon) is an alcoholic private investigator. Suddenly Rosow is given the case of his life when he is hired to tail a man named Harold Fullmer (Frank Wood) on a train. Rosow soon discovers that Fullmer is one of the thousands presumed missing after 9/11, and that the Fullmer has fashioned a new life for himself. As the film progresses, Rosow faces the moral decision to take Fullmer, unwilling, back to his wife in New York, or if he will let Fullmer remain in his fabricated life.


Reception and release[edit]

The film has received mostly positive reviews and holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of December 30, 2009. Buschel has been nominated for the 2009 Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director for his work on the film. According to Box Office Mojo, it has grossed $48,895 so far as of March 2, 2010. It appeared on's ten best films of 2009, San Francisco Bay Guardian's Top Three Films of 2009, and Variety critic Dennis Harvey's Top 25 films of the year.

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