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 was released to a limited number of theaters on November 20, 2009.

Plot summary[edit]

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 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 letting him remain in his fabricated life.


Reception and release[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews and holds a 67% rating on the film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[1] Buschel was nominated for the 2009 Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director for his work on the film.[citation needed] According to Box Office Mojo, the film had grossed $48,895 as of March 2, 2010. It appeared on's list of the ten best films of 2009, San Francisco Bay Guardian's list of the Top Three Films of 2009, and Variety critic Dennis Harvey's list of the Top 25 films of the year.[citation needed]


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