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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

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.

Director:

Lance Hool
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Colonel James Braddock
Soon-Tek Oh ... Colonel Yin (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Steven Williams ... Captain David Nester
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Captain Ho
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Mazilli
Joe Michael Terry Joe Michael Terry ... Opelka
John Wesley ... Frankie
David Chung ... Dou Chou
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Lao
John Otrin ... Soldier
Christopher Cary ... Emerson
Joseph Hieu ... Guard
Dean Raphael Ferrandini ... Kirtle (as Dean Ferrandini)
Pierre Issot Pierre Issot ... François
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Kelly
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

An American hero's story continues... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A temp track from Brian May's original score to The Road Warrior Mad Max 2 was used right before Franklin was burned (around 50min). This is actually the main theme from Road Warrior. Brian May also composed the original score to Missing in Action 2. See more »

Goofs

When Braddock jumps from the helicopter the pilot is clearly seen in the doorway See more »

Quotes

Colonel Yin: You men are not prisoners of war... you are common criminals!
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was heavily cut to secure a "Not under 18" rating. Unrated VHS version was still cut, although not as heavily. Only in 2012 the film was officially released uncut for the first time after the complete version was rated "Not under 18" by the FSK. See more »

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"Looks like the malaria again."
26 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Prequel to Missing in Action covers Braddock's years as a POW and his eventual escape. This one was filmed back-to-back with the other movie and was intended to be released first. But they realized the first movie was better, so they moved it from part 2 to 1. Which is funny as today there are many fans who claim part 2 is the better movie. I'm not one of them but they're out there. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent war movie and I like it. It's not action-heavy, though it never drags and the action does pick up towards the end. It's more of a drama for the first hour or so. Chuck is his usual stoic self. Soon-Tek Oh is a suitably despicable villain. Steven Williams plays the POW who betrays the others. Christopher Cary has a brief but enjoyable role as an Australian photographer who tries to help the POWs. The continuity doesn't line up with the previous movie (or the third), but I doubt most viewers will care. If you like Chuck Norris' Cannon movies, you will probably like this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,410,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,868,515, 3 March 1985

Gross USA:

$10,755,447

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,755,447
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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