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Rambo III (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  25 May 1988 (USA)
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Rambo's Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan, and it's up to Rambo to rescue him.



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John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. Written by Todd Baldridge

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The first was for himself. The second for his country. This time it's to save his friend. See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo 3  »

Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)


$53,715,611 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sylvester Stallone asked for a Gulfstream jet (cost: $12 million) as part of his pay for the film. He got one. See more »


Just before the first chopper attack on the Mujahadeen village, when the helicopters take off from the Soviet fort, we clearly see the number "45" painted on the side of the MI-24 Hind copter, but a few shots later (particularly the POV shot from the wing of the Hind) as the copters are nearing the village, we see the number on the side of the copter has changed to "42" instead. See more »


[Rambo and Colonel Trautman stand alone facing an enemy army]
Colonel Trautman: What do we do?
Rambo: Well, surrounding them's out...
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Crazy Credits

The Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan See more »


Written by Bob Russell & Bobby Scott
Harrison Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Jenny Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Bill Medley
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Courtesy of Voss Records
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Once again John Rambo fights the Russians. Explosive action combined with strong violence on a low intellectual level.
24 May 1999 | by (Leverkusen) – See all my reviews

For myself, Rambo - First blood part 3 is one of the best action movies ever. In fact the story is a little bit poor, once again the typical one vs an army-story we know already from Rambo 2. Everyone, who does not think about a stupid story and the "Evil-Russians-topic" gets an explosive and very bloody action movie without long periods of boredom. In his original uncut version the movie is banned in Germany and this has good reasons. The film is absolutely nothing for kids. In my opinion the Littleton-massacre a few weeks ago was a direct consequence of films like Rambo. If you're old enough, watch it ! The final fight starts with the following dialog: "John,what're you thinking ?" Rambo:" F**k'em!"

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