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The film is dedicated to stuntman Cliff Wenger Jr., who was accidentally killed by one of the film explosions.
Co-writer James Cameron claims that he only wrote the first draft of the script and that Sylvester Stallone made many changes to it. When the film was released, the "political" content of the movie was considered controversial. Many felt the Vietnam conflict was "altered" to look and sound heroic. Cameron commented that he only wrote the "action" and that Stallone wrote the "politics".
Dolph Lundgren was initially signed as the Russian Lt. Col. Podovsky (played by Steven Berkoff) when Sylvester Stallone realized that it was the same man who was going to be in Rocky IV (1985) so they paid off the contract.
The only film in the Rambo series to be nominated for an Oscar.
James Cameron's original screenplay began with Col. Trautman finding Rambo in a psychiatric hospital instead of a prison. The psychiatric hospital concept was instead depicted in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
First film to appear in 2,000+ US theaters.
Rambo's stats, as given in the film: "Rambo, John J., born 7/6/47 Bowie, Arizona of Indian-German descent. Joined army 8/6/64. Accepted, Special Forces specialization, light weapons, cross-trained as medic. Helicopter and language qualified, 59 confirmed kills, two Silver Stars, four Bronze, four Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Cross, Congressional Medal of Honor."
James Cameron wrote a treatment/screenplay not only for this film, but for Aliens (1986) while production was being delayed on The Terminator (1984).
According to the documentary We Get to Win This Time (2002), the producers considered teaming up Sylvester Stallone with his Staying Alive (1983) protégé John Travolta (who was once considered to play Rambo himself in the first film) as Rambo's young partner in rescuing the American POWs. Stallone nixed this idea when he decided it would be better to make the film a solo project.
The only movie in the Rambo/First Blood franchise in which Rambo shares an intimate kiss with a woman (the female agent Co). In _First Blood (1982)_ there were flashback scenes of Rambo at a Saigon bar kissing and making love to a Vietnamese prostitute, but those scenes never made it into the final cut of that film.
In the movie, John Rambo's birthday is July 6, 1947. Sylvester Stallone's birthday is July 6, 1946, exactly 1 year earlier.
Before Artisan bought the rights to Carolco Pictures, Carolco's logo always used the music of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) to open their movie credits.
George P. Cosmatos was hired after Sylvester Stallone's son Sage saw his film Of Unknown Origin (1983) and recommended his work.
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.
All of the shots on the military base were done on a Mexican air force airstrip. The logos have been painted over or obscured, and the real crew always have their backs toward the camera or are far enough away from the camera so no one would notice.
During a conversation with Co, Rambo says '...I am expendable'. Twenty five years after the release of this film, Sylvester Stallone directed and starred in The Expendables (2010) and its sequels.
Lieutenant Colonol Padovsky is the only villain to have any lines in English
The original title was First Blood II, but Sylvester Stallone decided he wanted the series to be named after the lead character, just like the Rocky series. So he re-titled it "Rambo: First Blood Part II" so he could name the third film Rambo III (1988) instead of First Blood III.
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The Mi-24 Hind-D helicopters seen in the film are in fact modified Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma transport helicopters with fabricated bolt-on wings similar to the real Hind-Ds used in the former Soviet bloc nations.
Lee Marvin was originally to play Marshall Murdock but changed his mind.
To prepare for this role, Sylvester Stallone did eight months of training for four hours a day. He also took SWAT combat, archery and survival courses.
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At the time of filming (1985), there were close to 2,500 Vietnam vets still missing.
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The handgun used by Banks during the aborted helicopter landing of Col. Trautman is a SIG-Sauer P226. First feature film using SIG-Sauer handguns.
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Sylvester Stallone had worked with Martin Kove before a decade earlier in Death Race 2000 (1975).
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In Martin Kove's previous film The Karate Kid (1984), his character John Kreese, the film's main antagonist is a Vietnam Veteran turned corrupt Karate Sensei.
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Charles Napier recalled that people would often tell him "I hated you so much" in Rambo II.
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The technical advisor, Tony Maffatone, insisted that all the guns in the movie be real.
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Nicknamed the "baseball grenade," a M68 Fragmentation Grenade is featured in the film. They actually take about 3-7 seconds to detonate, but that would've slowed down the action.
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Sylvester Stallone constantly dealt with snakes, spiders and scorpions throughout production.
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Sylvester Stallone said of the first draft: "I think that James Cameron is a brilliant talent, but I thought the politics were important, such as a right-wing stance coming from Trautman and his nemesis, Murdock, contrasted by Rambo's obvious neutrality, which I believe is explained in Rambo's final speech. I realize his speech at the end may have caused millions of viewers to burst veins in their eyeballs by rolling them excessively, but the sentiment stated was conveyed to me by many veterans.... [Also] in his original draft it took nearly 30-40 pages to have any action initiated and Rambo was partnered with a tech-y sidekick. So it was more than just politics that were put into the script. There was also a simpler story line. If James Cameron says anything more than that, then he realizes he's now doing the backstroke badly in a pool of lies".
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The jet that Rambo takes off in and jumps off into Vietnam in is an Rockwell Jet Commander 1121. It doesn't have wingtip fuel tanks or TFE 731 engines like the IAI Westwind 1124.
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Despite being an action film, no one dies until the 34-minute mark, over a third of the film's runtime.
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The red shirt Rambo wears in this movie can also be seen in First Blood (1982) when the cops are searching Rambo's backpack at the police station.
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Issue #41 of Fangoria magazine (January,1985) indicated that the first draft of the script was simply titled Second Blood.
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This was actress Julia Nickson's first film role. The production found her in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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At the time of filming, the U.S. didn't have diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Relations were eventually re-established in 1995.
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George P. Cosmatos believes what separates this from the other Rambo movies is his relationship with Co. It makes him "more vulnerable."
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The crew had a hard time finding Asian extras in Mexico. They eventually recruited enough by visiting local Chinese restaurants.
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George P. Cosmatos claimed that one of the challenges was "coming up with new ways to kill Russians."
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In scenes where arrows are being shot, they are attached with wire so they land in the right spot without hurting anyone.
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Temperatures during filming sometimes reached 120 degrees.
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The film's plot rips off the plot of Escape from New York (1981). John Rambo is released from prison to go into the Vietnam jungle on a mission in exchange for his freedom.
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George P. Cosmatos had Murdock and his men snacking in one of the scenes to show their apathy toward the mission. Oliver Stone showed George Bush eating food during meetings in W. (2008) for similar reasons.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As Co Bao (Julia Nickson) died in Rambo's arms after the ambush, there was supposed to be a triple zoom-in while Sylvester Stallone screams "No!" echoed 3 times. During a test screening, audience actually started laughing. It was quickly re-edited to the present form.
The total body count of the film is 85, 74 of whom are killed by Rambo himself.
At the end of the novel "First Blood" by David Morrell, John Rambo dies, which doesn't allow for sequels and ends on a dark note. The ending was changed in the movie, allowing for this sequel to be made.
In a rare alternate take of the ending scene (when Rambo says, "I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That's what I want!"), Rambo wept as he told this to Trautman. A behind-the-scenes video of this take can be seen in an episode of Entertainment Tonight (1981) from the mid-to-late 80s.

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