Braddock: Missing in Action III

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Braddock: Missing in Action III
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAaron Norris
Produced byMenahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written byJames Bruner
Chuck Norris
Based onCharacters
by Arthur Silver
Larry Levinson
& Steve Bing
Music byJay Chattaway
CinematographyJoão Fernandes
Edited byMichael J. Duthie
Distributed byCannon Films
Release date
  • January 22, 1988 (1988-01-22)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,193,901

Braddock: Missing in Action III (also known as Missing in Action 3) a 1988 action/adventure film, and a sequel to Missing in Action, following the second film, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, which was a prequel.[1] It is the third and final installment in the Missing in Action series. The film stars Chuck Norris, who co-wrote the screenplay with James Bruner. The film was directed by Norris' brother, Aaron Norris.


Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris), Vietnam War veteran, had believed his Asian wife Lin Tan Cang (Miki Kim) to be dead since the war ended in 1975, but he hears from a missionary, Reverend Polanski (Yehuda Efroni), that Lin is not only alive, but that she and Braddock have a 12-year-old son named Van Tan Cang (Roland Harrah III).

At first, Braddock does not believe it, but when cold-blooded CIA boss Littlejohn (Jack Rader) tells Braddock to disregard that information, that's when Braddock knows it's true. Braddock heads back into Vietnam through Parachute deployment and with the help of an Australian C-47 pilot. After parachute descent, Braddock outruns Vietnamese Navy Patrol Boats with a Jet-Powered speedboat.

Reverend Polanski leads Braddock to Lin and Van. Attempting to flee the country, Braddock, Lin, and Van are captured by the soldiers of the sadistic Vietnamse General Quoc (Aki Aleong). Quoc kills Lin on the spot, and has his soldiers take Braddock and Van to a compound to be tortured.

Later, Braddock overpowers his guards, frees Van, and heads for the mission that is run by Polanski. Quoc anticipates the move and takes all the mission children into captivity, along with Van and Polanski, and Braddock sets out to free them all from Quoc by going to his weapons cache that he had hidden a few days prior. He equips himself with a modified Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifle with an underslung 6-shot rotary grenade launcher and attachments including a spring-loaded bayonet. He raids the camp killing the guards and loading up one of the trucks with all the children including his son, Van and the Reverend. Soon after escaping they are followed and attacked by a Vietnamese-captured US UH-1 Huey.

After they escape Braddock takes the children on foot and find a Vietnamese airstrip. Braddock silently takes out the guards and hijacks a C-47 Dakota plane. The plane is then assaulted by Vietnamese guards causing fuel to leak out of the plane, eventually crashing just outside the Cambodian-Thailand border. Braddock then raids the border station where Thai and US troops are watching on the other side, cheering Braddock on. When Braddock kills all the opposing troops more pour in. Braddock is injured by a grenade. When General Quoc then flies in on a Vietnamese Mil-24 Hind gunship thinking he has Braddock all to himself, two US helicopters on the side of the Thai border confront Quoc's gunship. Taunting each other to cross, Braddock and his son Van fire at Quoc's ship, hitting the pilot. The gunship crashes, killing Quoc. The US troops pour over the border and bridge and help the wounded Braddock and the children.



On May 30, 1987, four military and police officers were killed in an AUH-76 helicopter of the Philippine Air Force accident during filming in the Philippines.[2]

Originally Joseph Zito who directed the original film was to direct. But due to creative and personal differences with Chuck Norris, Zito left the production.


Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No. 5 at the box office with $2,210,401 in the opening weekend.[3] It was the least financially successful film in the Missing in Action series.

Critical reception[edit]

The movie was not well received by critics.[4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In `Braddock,` Norris Kicks Out Over War's Lost Children". Chicago Tribune. 1988-01-29. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  2. ^ Murphy, Dean (1987-05-31). "Copter Being Used for Chuck Norris Movie Crashes in Philippines; 4 Die". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ Mathews, Jack (1988-01-26). "WEEKEND BOX OFFICE". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  4. ^ "In `Braddock,` Norris Kicks Out Over War's Lost Children". Chicago Tribune. 1988-01-29. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  5. ^ Klady, Leonard (1988-01-22). "MOVIE REVIEW `Braddock: Missing in Action III' Is a By-the-Numbers Action Film". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  6. ^ Goodman, Walter (1988-01-22). "Film: 'Missing In Action III'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-21.

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