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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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Lance Hool
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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 ... Guard
Dean Raphael Ferrandini ... Kirtle (as Dean Ferrandini)
Pierre Issot Pierre Issot ... François
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Kelly
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Storyline

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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Chuck Norris is back! A one-man time bomb set to explode! 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,868,515, 3 March 1985

Gross USA:

$10,755,447

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,755,447
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed back to back with Missing in Action (1984), this film was supposed to be released first. However when the producers realized the second film was the better of the two, they released it first and named this film a prequel. This explains why screenwriter Steve Bing receives a credit for "characters" in what became the first Missing in Action. See more »

Goofs

When Colonel Yen has the Australian journalist executed against a tree, Yen is standing next to the journalist as he takes a bullet through the brain. By all accounts Yen would been hit by the exiting bullet as Yen was standing directly in the line of fire when the journalist was executed. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Yin: You lose!
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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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Action movie gold.
5 July 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

It's not surprising to learn that Chuck Norris made this series as a tribute to his brother who had been killed in Vietnam. He really gave all that he had to these films. It may be manipulative but damn is it ever satisfying. The villains are the kind of loathsome scum whom you JUST CAN'T WAIT to see messed up in a variety of ways. And the good guys are fleshed out enough as characters that you do feel bad for them, and want to see them get their revenge.

As one can guess, this is a prequel to the original "Missing in Action" film of 1984. It shows how Chucks' colonel character, James Braddock, was shot down and captured during the war, and the tortures that he and his men are obliged to endure for the next several years, even after the war has basically ended. The sadistic colonel in charge of his work camp, Colonel Yin (Soon-Tek Oh) acts like a dictator, and just when you think you can't hate this guy any more, he ups the stakes yet again.

With Lance Hool taking the directors' reins, this proves to be a high old time for the action junkie, underscored by the genuine poignancy to be found in stories about prisoners of war. This is exciting much of the time, with kick ass battle footage, lots of explosions, lots of gunfire, and some breathtaking scenery. Chuck is a formidable hero as always, and Oh is a deliciously evil bad guy. Lending strong support are Cosie Costa, Joe Michael Terry, and especially John Wesley as the ailing Franklin. Steven Williams is good in an initially unlikable part as a captain eager to cooperate with his captors in exchange for better treatment. It's also cool to see hulking screen heavy Professor Toru Tanaka and "Ninja III: The Domination" villain David Chung as two of the guards.

All in all, this is solid entertainment, complete with a high body count and never ever boring.

Eight out of 10.


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