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Missing in Action
     

Missing in Action

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Director: Joseph Zito

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

 

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Being a former Vietnam POW himself, Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) was the natural choice to accompany an MIA investigation to Ho Chi Minh City. After turning up some questionable information, Braddock travels to Thailand to meet an old buddy (M. Emmet Walsh) who could help him launch a rescue mission. Just four months after the film's successful release, the

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Being a former Vietnam POW himself, Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) was the natural choice to accompany an MIA investigation to Ho Chi Minh City. After turning up some questionable information, Braddock travels to Thailand to meet an old buddy (M. Emmet Walsh) who could help him launch a rescue mission. Just four months after the film's successful release, the prequel Missing in Action 2 - The Beginning followed and performed equally well at the box office. The third installment, Braddock: Missing in Action 3 was released four years later.

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:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0883904268413
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sales rank:
45,161

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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

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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.