Trivia / Missing in Action

  • Backed by the Pentagon: Like many other Vietnam War movies shot in the Philippines, the series received assistance from the Armed Forces, who lent the military vehicles used in the movies.
  • Fatal Method Acting: During a production shoot on location in the Philippines for the third film, a Philippine Air Force helicopter hired by the Cannon Film Group crashed into Manila Bay killing four Filipino soldiers and wounding five other people, including a member of the film crew.
  • 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 have a "Based on characters created by..." credit.