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Missing in Action (1984)




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A Vietnam vet and former prisoner-of-war is assigned to accompany an MIA investigation to Ho Chi Minh City. While there, he uncovers evidence of POWs still held captive and decides to organize a rescue mission. This popular action drama spawned two sequels.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: James Bruner, Steve Bing, Alan Sharp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


Chuck Norris
as Col. James Braddock
M. Emmet Walsh
as Jack Tucker
Leonore Kasdorf
as Ann Fitzgerald
David Tress
as Sen. Maxwell Porter
James Hong
as Gen. Tran
Bella Flores
as Mme. Pearl
Gil Arceo
as Vietnamese Businessm...
Roger Dantes
as Vietnamese Businessm...
Jeff Mason
as Barnes
Nam Moore
as Translator
Kim Marriner
as Newscaster
Deanna Crowe
as Newscaster
Jesse Cuneta
as Street Hawker
Juliet D. Lee
as Bar Girl
Joonee Gamboa
as Bartender
Augusto Victa
as Tran's Aide
Jack Perez
as Bouncer
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Critic Reviews for Missing in Action

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 17, 2014

The best of Chuck Norris in film, and that isn't saying much.

March 22, 2008

They better hope he stays missing in action...

April 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Missing in Action

Chuck's first main franchise and one of his classic actioners. Only two years after the release of 'First Blood' you can see where this idea main have spawned from eh. In fact a script by James Cameron intended for the Rambo franchise was the inspiration for this very film so there. But since then this film itself has been copied many times, the ever popular one man army with a big gun.

The mission, Chuck only just got back from Nam where he was held prisoner by some nasty Vietnamese. Once back in the States he realises there are still US POW's MIA back in Nam, so what does he do?. Well he packs up and goes back into the danger zone to find them of course. Isn't there a chance he might get killed or recaptured you say? pfft! Chuck Norris laughs in the face of danger, he tweaks the nipples of fear, he curses politely at those who stand against him.

So I'll leave the extremely obvious Rambo similarities aside and just give my views on the action. Well it takes time to get there that's for damn sure, a long time. There is much build up and deliberation as Chuck works out what he's gonna do and how he will do it. Takes him ages to find his old army buddy for a start, not sure why that guy was such a big secret with the locals but there you go.

Once we do hit the action its...well OK I guess. Dare I say its identical to 'Delta Force' in the sense that you never see any blood, violence, squib hits (not many) etc...I've mentioned before how Chuck's films tend to be like A-Team episodes haven't I, well its deja vu again. Now I'm not saying its bad because its not, its reasonable fun watching Norris run around gunning men down, but its hella tame.

What I love about this film is the horrendous editing and feeble accuracy by everyone involved shooting a gun. So many times you get a shot of someone firing a machine gun (bad guys), just standing there and firing continuously at an enemy yet they never hit a thing!. You don't see any bullet hits, no sound of bullet hits, no ricochets nothing, they just stand there firing blankly and never running out of ammo, its quite amusing. All the while the other person is doing the exact same thing haha both firing continuously at each other yet nothing is happening around them, doesn't matter how close they are or how well hidden they are, classic.

It really is a low rent Rambo, gotta say it, Rambo minus any blood, violence and real tension. Norris just waltzes in and terminates everyone without even bothering to aim much, whilst the enemy couldn't hit a barn door right in front of their face, glorious!. Bottom line that's what you watch it for, the classic hokey action which so many films homage and have spoofed ('Hot Shots 2').

Chuck wins the day, was it ever in question? no, he doesn't even get a scratch bless him. The explosions are grand, chop-socky fighting and the action sequences are as corny as a corn on the cob...but its still fun to watch I can't deny. The minute I saw Chuck rise from beneath the murky river waters brandishing his huge M60 machine gun clad in those classic army fatigues with head band...I knew it had all been worth while.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Martial art superstar Chuck Norris' debut war movie is good as he's the last man who returns in Vietnam since Vietnam war to rescue MIAs.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I've no idea why I hadn't seen this until now. This is a classic of the action genre. Chuck Norris travels back to Vietnam as a one-man-army in order to locate and return with still-held American POWs. The film is definitely a product of its time as the explosions are big and the gunfights are many (with a dose of nudity). Be sure note the amazing scene found at 1:27:10 (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZQpGcNWVI)!!


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