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Rambo III (1988)

Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan so Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the invading Russian forces.

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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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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,745,418 (USA) (30 May 1988)

Gross:

$53,715,611 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Hot Shots 2: part duex" (1993) is a parody of Rambo III with almost identical scenes shot the same way with gags thrown in. Richard Crenna even appears in the movie reprising a parody role of himself as the Sergant. Something Crenna asked Sylvester Stallone if it would be OK for him to do? Which Stallone was all for and happy for him to poke fun at the Rambo films! See more »

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In First Blood, Rambo has tons of scars on his back. In this movie, in the scene right before Rambo goes into the warehouse for the stick fight, there is a shot of his back and you can see that the scars are gone. See more »

Quotes

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

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IT IS OUR DESTINY
Produced by Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf)
Written by Péter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by Bill Medley
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Not terrible, but...
8 January 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

With the highest budget of the three movies, the movie certainly looks expensive, with an epic scope at times. But you never quite get the feeling that the movie settles into a comfortable groove. Though the action sequences have plenty of gunshots and explosions, the way they are filmed - and edited - doesn't have the right impact or flow, like the action sequences in the second installment.

In another comparison to the second installment, the story - while as sparse as this one - certainly kept moving. Here there are a number of segments that move very slowly and/or don't seem to have much purpose. The movie should have gotten down to business. The uneven flow of the movie also suffers near the end, as if the movie all of a sudden decides it needs to wrap things up in a few minutes, making the final battle almost come out of nowhere.

(In fairness to the director, it should be pointed out that he was a sudden replacement after original director Russell Mulcahy was fired, and had only ONE DAY to prepare to helm the rest of the movie.)

Like the previous installment, there is some dumb dialogue, but this time around it's not delivered in a slight tongue-in-cheek manner. If they had been willing to show this time around that they weren't taking things so seriously, it would have helped. You might say that the actor playing the Russian commander is not playing things seriously, but he goes SO over the top that he's embarrassing.

It's watchable, but disappointing - they had the chance to make a kick-ass action movie here.

By the way, the Afghans that Rambo helps in this movie are *NOT* the Taliban. People seem to forget that Afghanistan is made up of a number of different tribes. You can tell these particular Afghans are not the Taliban, because (among other things), the women are not completely covered, and the men play the traditional Afghan game with horses and a goat's skin (forbidden by the Taliban.)


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