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Gene Hackman portrays Colonel Jason Rhodes a man obsessed in this powerful action-packed adventure. For over ten years Rhodes has been living a nightmare searching for his son who is listed as "missing in action" in Vietnam. After useless appeals to the government for action Rhodes takes matters into his own hands. With the financial backing of a Texas oil tycoon (Robert Stack) and the help of his son's five marine buddies Rhodes prepares to carry out a daring mission. After weeks of grueling traning the courageous veterans leave for Laos. The final battle of the Vietnam conflict is about to begin.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/MILITARY & WAR Rating: R UPC: 097361381442 Manufacturer No: 138144
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A great cast of known and recognizable actors and actresses, from both movies and guest appearances on M*A*S*H as an example. A good plot, beautiful locations, characters you care about with good backstories, lots of action and some comedy. And explosions, yes, there will be explosions.
Music is supplied by James Horner, who is one of a dozen A-list composers included in the ranks of Hans Zimmer and Jerry Goldsmith. Horner has a trademark sound when it comes to battle/chase music, which he applied to the soundtracks of Wrath of Khan and Land Before Time.
The DVD is kept ultra-simple, just the movie with no special features. The movie is a minute shorter than that listed on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, making me think that the scene in the open-air bar right after they lose their first supply of weapons was trimmed for some reason.
This is one of the best post-VietNam movies there are, right up there with First Blood part 2 and Rambo 4, and one of the best enemy-territory movies including Act of Valor.
Gene Hackman plays Colonel Jason Rhodes, a proud military officer who is at his wit's end 10 years after the Vietnam War has ended, and his son, a fellow Marine officer who had been captured on an operation in Laos in 1972, still remains missing-in-action somewhere in Laos. Rhodes is so persistent in trying to get any info on getting his son back, he is soon forced into retirement and is going to Thailand to offer bribes to anyone who can sneak into Laos to get his son's signature, even if the signature happens to be fakes.
By 1983, Rhodes gets in touch with several members of his son's old unit, including Patrick Swayze, who plays a former Marine who was in fact discharged after striking a radio operator, and with no previous war experience, to help get the men back on a war-footing, in order to penetrate deep into Laos illegally and rescue his son with any other MIA's they encounter. Some of them are reluctant, and one is just plain crazy, being taken out of a jail cell because he happens to like wearing a grenade around his neck. And with the help of a Texas billionaire oil-rig owner who just happens to be missing a son as well from the war, Rhodes takes his plan into action of training the men how to liberate a POW camp and to get supplies for their secret mission into Laos.
Once in Thailand, their supplies are confiscated by the local police and told to leave the country as soon as possible. Undaunted, Rhodes and his team hook up with some contacts, some weapons from the black market, and move through the mountains and into Laos, with an encounter against a border patrol. The force splits up into two teams---one to hijack some helicopters from the Laotian Air Force, and the other to screen the nearby POW camp and to blow up their bridge across the river to prevent enemy reinforcements from reaching the camp.
What happens after that is unexpected, including the unexpected fate of Rhodes' son being told by the liberated son of the Texas oil man himself. Explosions and casualties on both sides, including two out of three helicopters shot down. This movie is the best of it's kind and is a must-see!
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