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Rambo III (1988)

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Rambo mounts a one man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc de Jonge ...
Spiros Focás ...
Masoud (as Spiros Focas)
Doudi Shoua ...
Randy Raney ...
Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi ...
Khalid (as Yosef Shiloah)
Harold Diamond ...
Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
Hany Said El Deen ...
Gun Dealer


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


God would have mercy John Rambo won't! See more »


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Parents Guide:






Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo 3  »


Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,745,418, 30 May 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final appearance of Richard Crenna as Trautman. Richard Crenna died in 2003 prior to production beginning on Rambo (2008). See more »


In the shot of the helicopter exploding, seen through the sight of the heavy machine gun, it can be seen for a fraction of a second that the chopper is actually a relatively crude model suspended from a wire. See more »


Colonel Trautman: Can you fly that helicopter?
Rambo: Let's find out!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Vreemde praktijken: Punneke (1991) 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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Judge it on the action not the subject matter
26 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I think this film was judged too much on subject matter and not as an excellently shot action film. Each action sequence is done with immense skill and quality. Sure the script is dodgy, USA v USSR so what!

Its time to turn your brain off and enjoy!

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