In the decade of action films, the Missing In Action
series is a trilogy of action films (one a prequel and the other a sequel) starring Chuck Norris
playing the role of Colonel James Braddock, a Vietnam
Not to be confused with Never Found the Body
, the actual missing-in-action trope.
These films provide examples of:
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Missing in Action
- Disc One Final Boss: General Trau was killed 35 minutes into the film. From then on he is replaced by an unnamed general.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Braddock hooks up with an old army buddy in Thailand, leading to plenty of gratuituous fanservice involving totally naked bar girls. One notable scene has Braddock talking to a bartender; as he walks offscreen a beautiful naked Thai girl is placed on the bar for no apparent reason (security for a bar tab?).
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tuck takes over the gunboat when its previous owner was killed by a patrol boat. He ends up getting blown up anyway and his sacrifice did little to destroy said patrol boat.
- Jumping on a Grenade: Braddock is so Bad Ass he jumps holding a couple of grenades, surviving the subsequent explosion without loss of limbs.
- Never Found the Body: The POWs who were declared MIA.
- Non-Action Big Bad: General Trau is the only villain in the series who doesn't fight Braddock.
- Sequel First: Missing In Action 2: The Beginning was actually made (under the title Battlerage) before Missing In Action, but Cannon decided the latter was a case of an Even Better Sequel and released that first. This is why the writing credits for the first film, in perhaps the ultimate case of They Just Didn't Care, have a "Based on characters created by..." credit.
- You Shall Not Pass: Tuck tries this.
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
Braddock: Missing in Action 3