Nothing’s ever easy, especially in the vicious world of Hollywood. Here’s what really happened in ten of the biggest lawsuits in film history.
Missing– $60 million
The 1982 drama tells the true story of reporter Charles Horman and activist Frank Teruggi. The two Americans were kidnapped and murdered during a right-wing coup in Chile. The US government didn’t really like the fact that the film implied that they supported the anti-Marxist rebels and played a part in the arrest and murder of the Horman and Teruggi, so they publicly attacked the film just days before it was released by providing a list of everything that was wrong with the movie. Then, a year later, three government officials decided to sue.
Nathaniel Davis (former US ambassador to Chile), Frederick D. Purdy (former US consul in Santiago) and Captain Ray E. Davis sued several groups attached to the film for libel. They claimed the movie subjected them to “public disgrace, scorn and ridicule,” even though their names were changed. The suit died out, but fifteen years later the US State Department released documents that showed that America was in fact involved in the whole coup, and fifteen more years later the Chilean government ruled that US intelligence officers were in fact at fault for the deaths of Horman and Teruggi.