Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos.

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A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese. Led by his father (a retired Marine Colonel) and supported by a rich businessman whose son is also a POW, the group engages in a dangerous and violent adventure trying to rescue the POWs and at the same time re-direct their lives. Written by Luis Alvarez

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The first of the bringing them back from 'Nam MIA POW movies of the 1980s. See more »

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When Gene Hackman's character arrives to pick up the weapons and the police officer tells him that the guns will be confiscated, during two shots we see the truck driving off behind him. See more »

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Col. Cal Rhodes: We'll need transportation... preferably four-wheel drive.
Wilkes: Buy it or "borrow" it?
Col. Cal Rhodes: Steal the fucker!
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Solid action film, notable for its fine cast.
30 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Colonel Jason Rhodes (Gene Hackman) is one of many worried Americans who've received notice that a loved one of theirs is listed as still Missing in Action after the Vietnam War. In Jasons' case, it's his brave son Frank (Todd Allen), who wouldn't leave a wounded comrade behind. Many years later, Jason is determined to find out the fate of his son, and other American soldiers. So he gathers together the rather motley crew that were his sons' comrades: Wilkes (Fred Ward), Blaster (Reb Brown), Sailor (Randall "Tex" Cobb), Johnson (Harold Sylvester), and Charts (Tim Thomerson). Funding their recon and rescue mission is oil man MacGregor (Robert Stack), and joining them will be young Kevin Scott (Patrick Swayze), a soldier as yet untested in combat.

Some people may see this as being manipulative, but this viewer saw it as an appealing, well meaning fantasy-action picture. It's all too easy to sympathize with people like Jason, and to want this offbeat team to succeed. A fair amount of the running time is devoted to their preparation in America, where a reproduction of the prison camp (where Frank is supposedly being held) has been built. The veterans don't have to worry about not getting along, because they've been through this all before, but they have to learn to put their faith in Kevin, just as he needs to learn that, for any expertise he may have, they have the experience that he doesn't.

Technically well made, with fine location work throughout and generally competent set pieces. Lots of things blow up good; while there is a fair amount of violence, there's not enough gore to turn off more squeamish members of the audience. The climactic raid on the prison camp in Laos is reasonably exciting, with a pleasingly high body count.

The performances are the main attraction of the movie. Hackman is under-stated and excellent, and gets fine chemistry going with his co-stars, who are pretty convincing as old war buddies. Cobb has the most colourful role in the picture as a man who was a trouble making brawler as a civilian, but who is loyal to the core. Viewers are sure to dig his "dance moves". In addition to those actors mentioned, there's a number of familiar names in the supporting cast: Gail Strickland, Jane Kaczmarek, Constance Forslund, Charles Aidman, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Dudikoff, Barret Oliver, and Juan Fernandez.

"Uncommon Valor" is directed and executive produced by Ted Kotcheff, who of course had previously done "First Blood". The stirring music score is by James Horner, John Milius was one of the producers, and actor Wings Hauser was one of the associate producers.

Seven out of 10.


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