Classic Film Review- Missing In Action (1984)

Missing In Action is classified as a classic due to its status as a cult war film. It is directed by Joseph Zito, a legend in the action movie genre. It stars the epic Chuck Norris and features M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf, Ernie Ortega, James Hong, and others. It is a perfect entry for the action movie hall of fame, if one exists in Hollywood.

United States Colonel James Braddock is a Vietnam War veteran who spent seven years in a North Vietnamese POW camp. He is soon thrown back into the communist nation after reports that there are still MIA soldiers being held in Viet Cong camps throughout the country, despite the denials from the dictatorship in that nation.

Braddock connects with Tuck, a retired officer turned black market smuggler, who helps him secure supplies in Thailand before the two head to Vietnam to expose the communist government imprisoning US soldiers within their borders.

This movie was considered a rip off of the Rambo sequel First Blood Part 2, despite being released in theaters prior to the film with Sylvester Stallone. The critics panned it for its campy dialogue and unrealistic muddling into international politics. Despite that, the film is one of Chuck Norris largest box office performances. Audiences seemed to connect with it and applauded the patriotic attempt at rescuing lost MIA soldiers.

The movie does have that typical 1980s B-movie camp that has made those films so popular. While not a great film, it is definitely one that is action packed and full of fun for any fan of the great Chuck Norris. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and found it incredibly entertaining.

FAVORITE QUOTE: The misfortunes of war!

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Graphic violence, nudity, foul language

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