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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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God would have mercy John Rambo won't! 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)

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(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 »


Zaysen's rank is a Colonel, but he wears a kind of mixture between Senior Lieutenant (3 small stars and 1 stripe) and Colonel (3 big stars and 2 stripes - he has 3 small stars and 2 stripes). His army coat is also obsolete. See more »


Zaysen: Are you insane? One man against trained commandos... Who do you think this man is? God?
Colonel Trautman: No. God would have mercy. He won't.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Hey Hey, It's Saturday: Episode dated 28 June 1988 (1988) See more »


Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Written by Tom Whitlock
Performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizullo
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Great comic book action!
2 December 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Above average Holywood type action movie that is very under rated because it is very mis-understood.This movie is not to be taken too seriously.If one understands comic book action,that person will dig this movie.The hardware and action sequences here are very top notch.The subject matter is also a good illustration of the Afghan situation at that time.The approach of the movie was on the unrealistic side due to a marketing mainstream "quick cash" decition by the producers of this movie.But compared to other movies of the same genre and category (Holywood Formula Military Action Drama),this one is on a higher level in quality.This one is the worst of all the Rambo movies but still,if you ,like the above mentioned genre,you will enjoy this one........

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