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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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Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
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Storyline

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)  »

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Rambo 3  »

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Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,715,611 (USA)
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Trivia

The only Rambo movie in the series to not have any scenes whatsoever on US soil. First Blood (1982) was set entirely in Hope, Washington, Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) had an intro scene in Arizona where Col. Trautman visits Rambo at a military prison (the location is never mentioned in the film, but is actually filmed in Acapulco, Mexico according to Rambo: First Blood II director George Pan Cosmatos in the Ultimate Edition DVD of that film.), and Rambo (2008) had an ending scene where Rambo returns to his home in Bowie, Arizona to visit his estranged father. See more »

Goofs

When Rambo and Mousa cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan on horseback, we see four planes (presumably from the Soviet Air Force) flying overhead, yet later on throughout the movie, the planes are not present nor are they ever seen again--not even parked in the Soviet fort. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Trautman: I'm sorry I got you into this Johnny.
Rambo: No you're not.
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Referenced in Command & Conquer: Generals (2003) See more »

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HE AIN'T HEAVY... HE'S MY BROTHER
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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