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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.

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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 Joseph Hieu ... Guard
Dean Raphael Ferrandini ... Kirtle (as Dean Ferrandini)
Pierre Issot Pierre Issot ... François
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Kelly
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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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An American hero's story continues... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,410,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,180,000, 31 March 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features some of the same music cues as Mad Max (1979). Both films were scored by Brian May. See more »

Goofs

When Colonel Yin is going to have Opelca executed, he reads the charges and refers to him as "Sergeant Opelca". Opelca was a Corporal. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Colonel Braddock: This is for me.
[Braddock pushes a button, and everything explodes behind him]
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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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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is his most personal mission of all!
19 October 2016 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

When we last left Colonel James Braddock, he was shoving it up Vietnamese butt by barging into their press conference about how they didn't have any POWs in Vietnam with a POW he just rescued. Truly a fairy tale ending, but what about the beginning of the fairy tale? Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is his most personal mission of all! Because it's when he was a POW himself! Which we already saw in sporadic flashbacks in the first movie.

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning shows the capture of Colonel Braddock (Chuck Norris) during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape. Norris and his crew are holed up in a prison camp for the whole picture, ruled by tyrannical Colonel Yin (Soon-Tek Oh) who resorts to psychological mind games, torture and murder to try to make Braddock sign a statement admitting to war atrocities he never committed.

There seems to be no end to the different scenarios and interesting scenes that play out during the film: escape attempts, arranged fights between prisoners, a guy who stumbles onto the prison camp and gets executed. Things really start to pick up when Braddock gets really mad and you see him sneaking here and there, setting bombs, picking off people one by one, freeing people, blowing up stuff, and staying behind after everyone leaves because he doesn't believe Yin really died when he bombed Yin's hut.

But Chuck really delivers in the end, especially in his final feel good showdown with Yin. In my opinion, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is the best of the Braddock movies, it's part action film and part action drama, which sets it apart from the other movies.

The first time i ever watched this film was in the early 80's in the cinema and it was great, and i still think it's great...


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