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Behind Enemy Lines (1986)

Col. Carradine leads a group of American P.O.W.s, battling their way to freedom as Saigon falls to the Viet Cong.

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Gideon Amir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Col. James Cooper
Charles R. Floyd Charles R. Floyd ... Sparks
Mako ... Capt. Vinh
Steve James ... Sgt. Johnston
Phil Brock ... Adams
Daniel Demorest Daniel Demorest ... Thomas
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Waite
Steve Freedman Steve Freedman ... Scott
James Acheson ... McCoy
Rudy Daniels Rudy Daniels ... Gen. Morgan
Ken Metcalfe ... Gen. Weaver
Kenneth Weaver Kenneth Weaver ... Teague
Michael James Michael James ... Veteran Sergeant
Irma Alegre Irma Alegre ... Bar Girl
Spanky Manikan ... NVA Officer
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Storyline

US Airborne colonel James Cooper accepts a daredevil mission to liberate just before the impending end of the Vietnamese war some POW's which the Vietcong refuses to exchange, from a camp that officially doesn't even exist. he alone survives the blowing up up his team's extraction helicopter and is captured himself. The Vietcong camp commander, captain Vinh, collected a small fortune in gold looted from POWs and wants to buy a new life in the US, so he offers Cooper freedom for help, but is turned down. Just before a convoy arrives to deport the prisoners to Hanoi, Cooper accepts if all Americans may come with them. An adventurous chase follows, fighting each-other as well as Vietcong, not to mention selfish rogue Sparks's tendency to mess everything up. Near the border, Cooper insists to come to the rescue of a trapped US unit's survivors. Written by KGF Vissers

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The most daring escape

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack Force 'Nam See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,691, 6 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,497,233
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Despite having a credited composer, the film features almost exclusively recycled scores from other Cannon releases. Most notable The Delta Force. See more »

Goofs

During the ambush in the opening sequence one of the Vietnamese soldiers is clearly played by an African-American. See more »

Quotes

Johnston: Cooper, 'everybody goes home' is a slogan, not a religion!
Col. James Cooper: Speak for yourself.
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Referenced in Post Traumatic: An American Nightmare (2009) See more »

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Carridine as Norris and Steve James as Rambo
22 April 2009 | by actionfilm-2See all my reviews

David Carradine makes you believe a laid back lethargic soldier can become a one man killing machine in the jungles of the 'Nam. This film is lots of fun, anybody expecting military and historical accuracy will suffer the same kind of disappointment as someone expecting to see David Carradine perform with all the speed and agility of Bruce Lee.

Carradine and his fellow P.O.W.s suffer at the hands of a VC officer who secretly harbors a desire for the American dream, he demands that Carradine aid him in achieving it. Instead the Tai Chi expert and the dependable Steve James (you could pair James up with Hugh Grant and still be guaranteed victory) serve up a healthy dose of mayhem and sends Charlie running most ricki tik. If you've run out of Chuck Norris war films to watch, P.O.W. the Escape will fill the void.


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