John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. Written by
In First Blood (1982), Col. Trautman's Green Beret flash is that of the Army's 5th Special Forces Group. In this movie and the sequel (Rambo III (1988)), he is shown wearing the flash of the 1st Special Operations Command, which means he was reassigned after the events of First Blood. See more »
The exploding mortar shell which goes off behind Rambo and the POW during the rice paddy ambush - both men would be killed in reality since the mortar shell has enough shrapnel to inflict third degree burns and blunt trauma. See more »
Let's keep those hammers working!
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Possibly the best Stallone film apart from the Rocky series
Rambo films have been stereo typed as dumb action films blowing up things for nothing. While the first Rambo film can not be stereo typed to that level completely this does fall under the common judgement. However, this film has meaning and thats what I love, a film with meaning. It makes a powerful statement like the first Rambo about the Vietnam war.
Rambo is assigned to go into Vietnamese terotry to take photos of POW camps to see and prove if there is any there. Rambo disobeys orders and goes into rescue the American prisoners causing hell. But what we call hell he calls home.
Touching performance from Stallone as this series and the Rocky series, which are all written by Stallone himself are moving. Sentimental scenes that get to your heart such as his explanation of being expendable and not being cared about by anyone. A wonderful film mixed with all sorts of ideas. Rambo falls in love which as strange as it may seem fits perfect into the film.
The last of the great action films and like all films but this one especially, better than Star Wars.
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