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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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Marc de Jonge ...
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Spiros Focás ...
Masoud (as Spiros Focas)
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Randy Raney ...
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Tomask
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Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi ...
Rahim
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Khalid (as Yosef Shiloah)
Harold Diamond ...
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Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
Hany Said El Deen ...
Gun Dealer
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

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(4 channels)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although it has been claimed that the film was banned in parts of the UK after the killing spree of Michael Ryan, and that he was inspired by the Rambo movies, neither was in fact the case. A scheduled screening of the original First Blood (1982) was pulled from UK television (as was a screening of Nevada Smith (1966)), leading the UK's 'Daily Mail' and other media outlets to assume a direct link that never existed and which quickly became a popular urban legend. The film was heavily cut by the BBFC (by 1min 25secs for theatrical release and 3mins 3secs for home video), primarily for knife violence and cruelty to animals, but never banned. The DVD release has all the cuts reinstated apart from a two second shot of animal cruelty, in this case it being a horsefall. See more »

Goofs

The AK74 assault rifle that Rambo is using during the showdown at the Pakistan border (with the Hind D) has a U.S.-made MP203 grenade launcher fitted under the barrel instead of the Soviet GP-25 used by Soviet troops during the real-life occupation of Afghanistan c. 1979 - 1988. See more »

Quotes

Mousa: Well, I do not know who you really are. But by the way you look, I can see you have no experience in war, do you? C'mon, do you?
Rambo: [sarcastically] I've fired a few shots.
Mousa: [laughing at Rambo] A few shots? Come on! Maybe you should go back home and think it all over again. For a very long time!
Rambo: [Turns to face Mousa and gives him a dirty look] I did think it over.
Mousa: You did? Well... This is your choice. But let me tell you, you cannot get this American alone. If you fail, do not blame me. I will accept ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in 22 Jump Street (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Ignore the idiotic critics
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't really understand what the disappointment is all about? This movie falls under the genre of action and thats what it delivers from top to bottom. Were people perhaps expecting a drama? And people can also tell me how often do you get to see the Russians and spetsnaz special forces in realistic action? Sure they were vilified, mowed down easily by Rambo, mostly missed him but as the evil villains, they were highly effective in that role. Don't get me wrong, I've nothing but admiration for the Russian military. The main villain (Russian commander) was also a freaking brilliant actor. The movie did'nt use real Russian helicopter gunships, (they used French ones modified instead) but they were still effective. All in all, this is an utterly brilliant and unique film and I give it 10 stars. Best in the Rambo series.


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