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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


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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,745,418, 30 May 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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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?


Gerry Fisher was the first cinematographer hired for the film, but quit prior to the start of shooting due to a chest infection which precluded him from working in the desert locations. Michael Seresin took over the position, but quit the production along with original director Russell Mulcahy. Ernest Day was next to take on the position, but after about a week was asked to instead become the film's second unit director, leaving camera operator John Stanier, who had signed on with Seresin, to handle the cinematography for the rest of the shoot. See more »


Almost every time the Russian gunship helicopter attacks and is filmed from the front, there are muzzle flashes coming out of the rocket pods, but no rockets are being fired. Even if rockets were being fired, there would still be no muzzle flashes. See more »


Colonel Trautman: The Kremlin's got a hell of a sense of humor.
Zaysen: Please explain.
Colonel Trautman: You talk peace and disarmament. And here you are wiping out a race of people!
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Crazy Credits

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


Edited into The Marine (2006) See more »


Produced by Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf)
Written by Péter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by Bill Medley
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User Reviews

Great comic book action!
2 December 2001 | by 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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