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By Julie D. Griffin

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.
Gone Girl Book
"Although his temper does rage at times, he has a charming smile at others."
"Although his temper does rage at times, he has a charming smile at others."
The New York Times & Entertainment Weekly

Another Cape Girardeau, MO. filmed showcase, the film Gone Girl which also based on a true story written pop-fiction book, once again a media focus, the story talks about the fact that one woman who turned up missing on her own wedding anniversary was found murdered in the town where part of the film took place. Although the film, which most and even the book author said would deviate from the script laid about the original novel of the true-story based murder mystery, it will be interesting to find out what exactly a possible award winning director and his film crew David Fincher meant by that. And again, the film has so many talented actors within the sphere of the interesting creation and only some of which boast of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris. And while the author of the book used for the film script, unlike Nicholas Sparks and the pop-fiction book In The Arms Of Satan write books based on true first-hand life experiences, still Gillian Flynn seemed to get a phenomenal amount of both local and national support for her writing.

It seemed Reese Witherspoon took an interest in the story made by author Flynn in early 2012. Leslie Dixon had alerted Witherspoon to the interesting script of the novel, actually based on the real story of a Cape Girardeau, MO. woman whose missing posters pasted all over town for a few years since 2010 warranted police finding out who murdered the woman. Apparently, the publication of the problem of same helped spur them onto looking at the situation and trying to find out who-done-it. Thus, September of that same year, and later on when Witherspoon began to take the thing seriously, filming began without the actors at first in the small Indian and original French and sometimes and later German established colonial ship town of Cape Girardeau, MO. Infamous Trent Reznor (The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo) went ahead and wrote the musical score for the film. And a preview trailer for the film now available on youtube came out on April 11, 2014. Of course everyone and their small town brother will likely be viewing the Monday night television preview interview and gathering information about film attendance, theaters and what not.

"Then there are the potentially troubling things about Nick. He owns a bar with his twin sister. He used Amy’s money to finance the place but resents her for that. He has also taken a teaching job but still fumes about being fired by a magazine in New York. Although his temper does rage at times, he has a charming smile at others. Much to his disadvantage, Nick smiled winningly for the cameras while being questioned..." Wrote Janet Maslin for The New York Times about the original book review. A lot of mystery does in fact surround both the real story and the book story. It will be of elemental interest to discover whether the film shows all of the essential elements of the already tried, convicted and sentenced husband-murderer of the real story.

Producers Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon, and Ceán Chaffin make a worthy combination to pull together such a feat. And like all of the others who worked on the film from the transformation of the old F.B.I. building to that of a makeshift police-station and the century old coffee house to The Bar, and chatty and informative security crew hired from locals who lived anywhere from Illinois to Cape Girardeau, MO. it was discovered and said by all that just like Tina Turner who also made a song or two and a film about her spousal abuse that, if you come down to the river, you don't have to worry if you got no money, people on the river are happy to give.