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When his friend Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan, John Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the brutal tyrant and his army who rule that region.



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


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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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?


The character Masoud (Spiros Focás) is a reference to Ahmad Shah Masoud, a real-life leader of the Afghani resistance against the Russian occupation, minister of defense of Afghanistan (after the Russian occupation ended) and later again a leader of the resistance, this time against the Taliban regime. See more »


During the stick fight scene, Rambo throws a kick at his opponent, misses, and his foot gets stuck in the wall. It cuts to another shot where both of Rambo's feet are on the ground, and then it cuts back and his foot is stuck in the wall again. See more »


Colonel Trautman: You expect sympathy? You started this damn war! Now you'll have to deal with it!
Zaysen: And we will. It is just a matter of time before we achieve a complete victory.
Colonel Trautman: Yeah, well, there won't be a victory! Every day, your war machines lose ground to a bunch of POORLY-armed, POORLY-equipped freedom fighters! The fact is that you underestimated your competition. If you'd studied your history, you'd know that these people have never given up to anyone. They'd rather DIE, than be slaves to an invading army...
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Crazy Credits

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


Follows First Blood (1982) 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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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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