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Missing in Action (1984)

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Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there.


Joseph Zito


Arthur Silver (characters), Larry Levinson (characters) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Col. James Braddock
M. Emmet Walsh ... Jack Tucker
David Tress ... Sen. Maxwell Porter
Lenore Kasdorf ... Ann Fitzgerald
James Hong ... Gen. Tran
Ernie Ortega Ernie Ortega ... Vinh
Pierrino Mascarino ... Jacques
Erich Anderson ... Masucci (as E. Erich Anderson)
Joseph Carberry ... Carter
Avi Kleinberger Avi Kleinberger ... Dalton
Willie Williams Willie Williams ... Randall
Ric Segreto Ric Segreto ... GI
Bella Flores ... Madame Pearl
Gil Arceo Gil Arceo ... First Vietnamese Businessman
Roger Dantes Roger Dantes ... Second Vietnamese Businessman


Colonel James Braddock is an American officer who spent seven years in a North Vietnamese POW camp, then escaped 10 years ago. After the bloodiest war, Braddock accompanies a government investigation team that goes to Ho Chi Minh City to check out reports of Americans still held prisoner. Braddock gets the evidence then travels to Thailand, where he meets Tuck, an old Army buddy turned black market kingpin. Together, they launch a mission deep into the jungle to free the American POWs from General Trau. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The war's not over until the last man comes home. See more »


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Did You Know?


In his autobiography, Chuck Norris stated that he made this film as a memorial honor of his younger brother Wieland, who was killed in the Vietnam War in 1970. See more »


Jack Tucker is thrown off of a second story balcony and lands on someone's dinner table, complete with food. When he lands, only his back is visible. After a cut, he is shown getting back up and his face is now visible for the first time. However, he landed on a big plate of food yet there is no food on his shirt. Obviously, it was a stuntman who fell and then M Emmet Walsh was substituted after the cut. See more »


Gen. Trau: Colonel Braddock, is it not true that during the war there was a price on your head of 5,000 American Dollars?
Col. James Braddock: It was more like 20,000. Why don't you tell us why there was a price on my head?
Gen. Trau: For your war crimes, of course.
Col. James Braddock: For killing assholes like you!
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Alternate Versions

Prior to 2000, all versions released in Germany were cut for violence to achieve a "Not under 16" rating. The DVD release features the complete film, but is also rated "Not under 16". See more »


Referenced in Lance Hool on 'Wolf Lake' (2016) See more »


Living on the Edge
Written by Larry Frankland Lee and Shandi
Performed by Shandi
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Boring, racist, brainless rubbish.
29 December 2002 | by CowmanSee all my reviews

MISSING IN ACTION is one of those "God Bless America!"-themed, war-mongering movies made after the Vietnam War in order to cash in on the newfound pseudo-patriotism of the average American citizen (just like what happened after the September 11th attacks). It is your typical action vehicle, made in the wake of films like RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, with all the thoughtless racist overtones you'd expect. Chuck Norris's performance here is pretty much the exact same one he's always delivered, but as anyone who's seen a Norris flick knows, that's NOT a good thing. Come to think of it, Norris's character Braddock is the most shallow, underdeveloped role I have ever seen him play. It blows my mind to think that this was a box office hit, but then again, we Americans seem to have a pension for paying top dollar for moron-entertainment. Bottom line: MISSING IN ACTION has absolutely no value whatsoever (entertainment, artistic, or otherwise), and should be avoided at all costs.

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Missing in Action See more »

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Box Office


$2,550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,101,460, 18 November 1984

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1.85 : 1
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