The 1984 Chuck Norris movie Missing in Action was rushed into theaters just a couple of months before Rambo: First Blood Part II, because they had the same plot. It was non-stop action and violence as Norris, as Colonel James Braddock, tears up Vietnam to free POWs who were kept after the war's end. Critics didn't think much of it, but audiences loved it and the movie became Norris' most popular film. There are things you don't know about Missing in Action that we'll learn now.
9. Chuck Norris made this film in honor of his brother.
He made this film to honor his brother Weiland Norris who was killed in Vietnam in 1970. This film must have brought back some memories.
7. This was the first of a five-film contract for Norris.
He made a million dollars per film over the duration of his contract. That seems like very little at this point but back then that was a great deal.
Never will $5 million seem like "very little" to most of us. But there's more trivia from behind the scenes of Missing in Action at TVOM.