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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  1 March 1985 (USA)
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Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Yin (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Captain David Nester
Bennett Ohta ...
Captain Ho
Cosie Costa ...
David Chung ...
Dou Chou
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Christopher Cary ...
Joseph Hieu ...
Kirtle (as Dean Ferrandini)
Pierre Issot ...
Mischa Hausserman ...


Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

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A prisoner too strong to hold. A soldier too dangerous to let go. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battle Rage  »

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$2,410,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed back to back with Missing in Action (1984), this film was supposed to be released first. However when the producers realized the second film was the better of the two, they released it first and named this film a prequel. This explains why screenwriter Steve Bing receives a credit for "characters" in what became the first Missing in Action. See more »


Braddock is seen using an M1911A1 pistol during the POW rebellion. During the final showdown with Col. Yin, his pistol changes to a Colt Combat Commander. See more »


Colonel Yin: You lose!
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Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

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Chuck Norris takes over Vietnam, part 2
2 January 2008 | by (the wild frontier) – See all my reviews

The opening scene of this movie shows Chuck Norris getting shot down in a helicopter while sporting a mustache, but no beard. He is then captured and taken to a prison camp. Little do his captors realize that the more facial hair Chuck Norris develops, the stronger he becomes.

Many people are of the opinion that this is inferior to the first movie, including the producers, who filmed the two back-to-back and decided to release this one later. I have to strongly disagree. While the first one was more like a Blake Edwards comedy than an action movie, this one shows off some surprisingly brutal torture scenes and a general air of nastiness, all for the better when Chuck decides to take matters into his own hands. I am not in a position to say whether the Vietnamese are really the demonic beings they appear to be in this movie, but after enough scenes of Colonel Yin's cruelty, the only political opinion the average viewer can hold is that Chuck needs to beat the sh*t out of this guy. Chuck indeed appears to be genuinely disturbed throughout the thing, to the point where you want to take him aside and tell him that it's just a movie. Watch carefully his face in the scene where he jumps out of the treetops in order to knife two soldiers--it is not the face of an actor. It is the face of a madman. It is a face of murderous rage. He really intends to kill these people. Whether or not this is a good thing is for you to decide, but it is certainly impressive. The jungle action as Chuck goes psycho is undeniably good, and a lot of work has been put into making sure the characters are as dirty and sweaty and bloody as possible, making the whole viewing a wonderful experience.

You may notice the soundtrack is done by Brian May--not the Queen Brian May, but the Brian May who wrote the music for the first "Mad Max." This is only the second soundtrack I have encountered by the man, and his music has definitely not improved--it is as blustery and overblown and inappropriate for the specific scenes as it was in "Mad Max." The only downside to an otherwise sublime movie.

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