Missing in Action 2: The Beginning

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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
Missing in action 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lance Hool
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written by Arthur Silver
Larry Levinson
Steve Bing
Music by Brian May
Edited by Mark Conte
Marcus Manton
Distributed by Cannon Films
Paramount Pictures
(Viacom Inc.)
Release dates
  • March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01) (US)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,410,000 (estimate)
Box office $10,755,447 (USA) [1][2]

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is a 1985 action/adventure film, and a prequel to Missing in Action, both of which star Chuck Norris. It was directed by Lance Hool and written by Steve Bing, Larry Levinson and Arthur Silver.[3]

Missing in Action 2 was filmed at the same time as the first Missing in Action film, and was actually set to be released first before the producers changed their minds. It was followed by a sequel of its own, Braddock: Missing in Action III.


Ten years before freeing American POWs from a brutal General, Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) was held in a North Vietnamese POW camp run by sadistic Colonel Yin (Soon-Teck Oh), who forces the POWs to grow opium for a French drug runner named Francois (Pierre Issot), and tries to get Braddock to admit to and sign a long list of war crimes. During his team's time in captivity, they are relentlessly subjected to various forms of humiliating torture, and Braddock being told that his wife has left him and has remarried. One of Braddock's comrades starts to suffer with malaria, and is injected with what they are told to be antibiotics. They later find out that he was in fact injected with a lethal dose of opium instead. Braddock must escape and rescue his fellow prisoners from Yin.



The LA Times gave it a mixed reception but very positive to the director calling his direction as intensely megalomaniac. The movie gained a negative reception.[4]

Box office[edit]

The movie opened at #3, grossing $3,868,515 in the opening weekend. It was released in 1,336 theaters for a $2,895 average. The opening week grossing accounted for 36% of its total grossing.[1] The total US market revenue is $10,755,447.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Missing in Action II: The Beginning (1985)". Box Office Mojo. 1985-12-14. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p111
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 2, 1985). "Screen: chuck norris in 'missing in action 2'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 2, 1985). "Screen: chuck norris in 'missing in action 2'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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