Missing in Action

Missing in Action

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Director: Joseph Zito, Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, Lenore Kasdorf

Cast: Joseph Zito, Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, Lenore Kasdorf

     
 

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Martial arts megastar Chuck Norris slips into Rambo mode as a Special Forces colonel on a mission to rescue a group of MIAs being held in Vietnam in this action-packed adventure from MGM. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono

Overview

Martial arts megastar Chuck Norris slips into Rambo mode as a Special Forces colonel on a mission to rescue a group of MIAs being held in Vietnam in this action-packed adventure from MGM. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional Spanish and French subtitles. The single extra feature is a theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The critics called it simple-minded and jingoistic, but 1984's slam-bang adventure Missing in Action struck a responsive chord with mayhem-minded moviegoers, who made it the biggest hit to date for action star Chuck Norris. Many years and two sequels later, it still holds up as fast-moving fun. Norris plays the intrepid Army colonel Braddock, an ex-POW who returns to the Far East long after the Vietnam War in search of other long-held American prisoners. The quest takes Braddock into many squalid settings, from which he extricates himself with the aid of an unlikely sidekick, black-marketeer M. Emmet Walsh. Not surprisingly, the script provides Norris several opportunities to display his martial-arts skills, but director Joseph Zito doesn't stint on more explosive confrontations when they're called for. Unabashedly patriotic in the fashion of World War II movies, this Reagan-era classic lets Norris do what he does best: kick plenty of butt.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Beday
One of a string of Ramboesque films dashed off in the '80s, Missing in Action is yet another entry that attempts to exploit the lingering public bitterness over the outcome of the war in Vietnam. Colonel Braddock (karate champion Chuck Norris) travels to Vietnam on a mission to recover lost POWs. A former POW himself, Braddock has the saavy and bad temper to kill droves of communists at a time, not to mention the inclination. Together with former war comrade M. Emmet Walsh, he sets off for the POW camp where Americans are supposedly still held. Of course, there are lots of nameless, faceless Asian communists, and of course, every one of them dies in violent fashion. The chop-socky, shoot-em-up, explosion-a-minute action quickly wears thin. Missing in Action is a crass, dopey film that ultimately fails to connect with anything interesting in the realm of fact or fiction.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
UPC:
0027616850805
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
32,014

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Norris Braddock
M. Emmet Walsh Tuck
Lenore Kasdorf Ann
James Hong Gen. Tran
Pierrino Mascarino Jacques
David Tress Sen. Porter
Ernie Ortega Vinh
Protacio "Tony" Dee Yang
Nam Moore Translator
Jack Perez Bouncer
Deanna Crowe Newscaster
Erich Anderson Masucci
Joseph Carberry Carter
Avi Kleinberger Dalton
Ric Segreto G.I.
Bella Flores Madame Pearl
Gil Arceo Vietnamese Businessman
Sabatini Fernandez Dinh
Renato Morado Mike
James Crumrine Gibson
Kim Marriner Newscaster
Joonee Gamboa Bartender
Willie Williams Randall

Technical Credits
Joseph Zito Director
Pamela Basker Casting
Michael Baugh Production Designer
Steve Bing Screenwriter
James Bruner Screenwriter
Tot Castillo Art Director
Fern Champion Casting
Jay Chattaway Score Composer
Nancy Cone Costumes/Costume Designer
John Crowther Original Story
Joao Fernandes Cinematographer
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
Jacob Goldstein Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Goodman Editor
Lance Hool Executive Producer,Original Story
Avi Kleinberger Associate Producer
Daniel Loewenthal Editor
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
Ladislav Wilheim Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Fullscreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [:09]
2. "Move It!" [1:39]
3. "MIA Controversy" [7:32]
4. Vietnamese Welcome [4:56]
5. Piercing Memory [2:10]
6. War Crimes Council [1:34]
7. "Undiplomatic Manner" [3:52]
8. "A Nightcap" [2:13]
9. "Where Are The MIAs?" [4:37]
10. The Perfect Escape [5:36]
11. Time To Leave [6:46]
12. "Looking For A Friend" [1:49]
13. "Madame Pearl's" [4:28]
14. Boats & Weapons [2:20]
15. Dressed To Kill [4:34]
16. Sudden Departure [4:18]
17. There's Trouble Aboard [4:44]
18. Reluctant Passenger [2:09]
19. "Do We Run Or Fight?" [2:17]
20. Sighting The Goal [4:43]
21. Breaking In & Bombing [4:02]
22. "Where Are They?" [5:07]
23. Attak By Water [1:48]
24. "We're Going Home!" [4:05]
25. "See You In Hell!" [1:15]
26. Hanging On To Freedom [5:15]
27. No More Denials [2:47]
28. End Credits [1:27]
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [1:39]
2. "Move It!" [7:32]
3. "MIA Controversy" [4:56]
4. Vietnamese Welcome [2:10]
5. Piercing Memory [1:34]
6. War Crimes Council [3:52]
7. "Undipolmatic Manner" [2:13]
8. "A Nightcap" [4:37]
9. "Where Are The MIAs?" [5:36]
10. The Perfect Escape [6:46]
11. Time To Leave [1:49]
12. "Looking For A Friend" [4:28]
13. "Madame Pearl's" [2:20]
14. Boats & Weapons [4:34]
15. Dressed To Kill [4:18]
16. Sudden Departure [4:44]
17. There's Trouble Aboard [2:09]
18. Reluctant Passenger [2:17]
19. "Do We Run Or Fight?" [4:43]
20. Sighting The Goal [4:02]
21. Breaking In & Bombing [5:07]
22. "Where Are They?" [1:48]
23. Attack By Water [4:05]
24. "We're Going Home!" [1:15]
25. "See You In Hell!" [5:15]
26. Hanging On To Freedom [2:47]
27. No More Denials [1:27]
28. End Credits [3:05]

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Missing in Action 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a Chuck Norris fan but I had never seen any of his films. I took for granted they wouldn't be my style. However, I happened to buy this film on the cheap from a video store going out of business. Well the film was engaging and exciting. It is somewhat predictible but enjoyable none the less. I found myself yelling at the commies and rooting for the good guys. Check it out it out, you will like this film. Rent it from your nearest video store. I just recently caught the third sequel on cable. Again, I enjoyed it as well.