CANNON MONTH: P.O.W. The Escape (1986)

Also known as Behind Enemy Lines and Attack Force ‘Nam, David Carradine stars as Colonel James Cooper, which is the Chuck Norris role in this movie, as Cannon had gone all in on military movies.

Directed by Gideon Amir, who produced Cannon’s Boy Meets GirlMissing In Action and American Ninja, this movie had three — yes, three — screenwriters: Malcolm Barbour (who would go on to create Cops for Fox), James Bruner (who had already written Missing In Action) and Avi Kleinberger (who wrote American Ninja and three of its four sequels).

During a mission at the end of the war, Cooper gets caught trying to liberate his fellow soldiers and ends up in a North Vietnamese POW camp himself. He’s due for a trial bu the North Vietnamese, but Vinh (Mako), the camp commander, offers him a deal: if he can get Cooper and the troops there to safety, they will help him get to America.

With music from other Cannon movies (The Delta ForceRevenge of the Ninja), you may write this off as just another Vietnam movie, but it literally wraps Carradine in the flag and also has not just Steve James, but Steve James singing “Proud Mary,” and I think it’s worth watching just for that one scene. And because this was made in the Philippines, it legally has to have James Gaines in it.

Also, drink every time Carradine says, “Everybody goes home,” and you’ll die.

You can get this from Ronin Flix.

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