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P.O.W. the Escape (1986)

Behind Enemy Lines (original title)
Col. Carradine leads a group of American P.O.W.s, battling their way to freedom as Saigon falls to the Viet Cong.


Gideon Amir




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Col. James Cooper
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Sparks (as Charles R. Floyd)
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
Ken Glover Ken Glover ... Teague (as Kenneth Weaver)
Michael James Michael James ... Veteran Sergeant
Irma Alegre Irma Alegre ... Bar Girl
Spanky Manikan ... NVA Officer


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


Action | Adventure | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


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


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


Johnston: Cooper, 'everybody goes home' is a slogan, not a religion!
Col. James Cooper: Speak for yourself.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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Even worse than Chuck Norris !
14 March 1999 | by PhroggySee all my reviews

I can't believe this played once in theaters. Everything is bad and especially the direction. Even Steve James, this underrated second-fiddle, can't save this. Hopeless

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Release Date:

4 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack Force 'Nam See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100,691, 6 April 1986

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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