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
Cinematography Jorge Stahl Jr.
Edited by Mark Conte
Marcus Manton
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release date
  • March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,410,000
Box office $10,755,447[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: The Beginning was filmed back to back with the original Missing in Action and was originally intended to be the first film of the two. But according to Joe Zito, director of what was to become Missing in Action, it was decided that the sequel was a much better film and would be a more successful opener for the franchise. So Cannon just switched titles and release dates. Thus the movie Cannon had planned as a sequel was released first and the movie that told the first part of the story was released as a prequel. It was followed by another sequel featuring the same character, but not directly connected story-wise, Braddock: Missing in Action III.


Ten years before freeing the US 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 François (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. Frankie, another US POW, starts to suffer from malaria, and Braddock exchanges an admission of guilt to Yin's charges of war crimes for medicine for the infected soldier. However, breaking his deal with Braddock, Yin gives the soldier a lethal dose of opium instead. Enraged, Braddock escapes from the camp, and plots to free his fellow prisoners and destroy the prison camp. Yin then betrays François, taking control of his drug ring. Braddock inflicts several losses against Yin's men, leading to Yin's second-in-command to dress a Vietnamese soldier as Colonel Yin and shoot him in an attempt to lure Braddock into the open. Braddock however notices that the decoy is not wearing Yin's boots, and proceeds to kill Yin's men. Eventually, Braddock fights Yin hand to hand in Yin's quarters. Subduing Yin, Braddock escorts the prisoners to an awaiting chopper, although not before exploding charges planted around Yin's quarters.



The Los Angeles Times gave Missing in Action: 2 a mixed reception but very positive to the director calling his direction as intensely megalomaniac. The film gained a negative reception.[3]

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. ^ a b 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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