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Rambo III -- Rambo's Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan and its up to Rambo to rescue him.
Rambo III -- Rambo's Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan, and its up to Rambo to rescue him.


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Writers (WGA):
David Morrell (characters)
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Release Date:
25 May 1988 (USA) See more »
God would have mercy John Rambo won't! See more »
Rambo's Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman is held hostage in Afghanistan, and it's up to Rambo to rescue him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A comparatively well-written opening 30 minutes gives way to the usual overblown one-man-army stuff See more (160 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Rambo

Richard Crenna ... Col. Samuel Trautman
Marc de Jonge ... Colonel Zaysen

Kurtwood Smith ... Griggs
Spiros Focás ... Masoud (as Spiros Focas)

Sasson Gabai ... Mousa
Doudi Shoua ... Hamid
Randy Raney ... Kourov
Marcus Gilbert ... Tomask

Alon Aboutboul ... Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi ... Rahim
Joseph Shiloach ... Khalid (as Yosef Shiloah)
Harold Diamond ... Stick Fighter
Matti Seri ... Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
Hany Said El Deen ... Gun Dealer
Shaby Ben-Aroya ... Uri
Marciano Shoshi ... Afghan Girl
Sadiq Tawfiq ... Helicopter Person
Julian Patrice ... Helicopter Person
Tal Kastoriano ... Helicopter Person
Benny Bruchim ... Helicopter Person
Tikva Aziz ... Helicopter Person
Milo Rafi ... Helicopter Person
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R.T. Freeman ... Afghan Warrior (uncredited)

Iyad Hajjaj ... Arabic Shop Assistant (uncredited)

Paul Dion Monte ... Russian Gunner (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter MacDonald 
Writing credits
David Morrell (characters)

Sylvester Stallone (written by) and
Sheldon Lettich (written by)

Produced by
Buzz Feitshans .... producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Tony Munafo .... associate producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
John Stanier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Andrew London 
James R. Symons 
Edward Warschilka 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Bill Kenney 
Art Direction by
Pier Luigi Basile 
Alan Cassie 
Benjamín Fernández 
Adrian Gorton 
Costume Design by
Richard La Motte 
Makeup Department
Giannetto De Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... key hair stylist
Jeff Goodwin .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Terry Collis .... production manager
Michael Fuller .... unit production manager: Thailand
Charles Murray .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Armstrong .... second unit director
Ernest Day .... second unit director
Douglas Dean III .... second assistant director
Jeff Jensen .... second unit director
Nikolas Korda .... second assistant director
Nikolas Korda .... second assistant director: second unit
Dennis Maguire .... first assistant director
Michael Murray .... first assistant director: second unit
Terry Needham .... first assistant director
Eran Ron Shabtay .... third assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... assistant director: Israel
Art Department
Howard Fannon .... props/weapons
Nikolai Galitzine .... Armoury assistant
Frank Leasure .... propmaker
Fred Lucky .... storyboard illustrator
Sam Moore .... property master
David J. Negron Jr. .... storyboard artist
Greg Papalia .... set designer
Carlo Postiglione .... props
Ron Reedy .... props
Panyawadee Sangchai .... props
John Sweeney .... assistant propmaster
Larry Verne .... construction coordinator
Peter Flynn .... propmaker (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman (uncredited)
John Naulin .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartlett .... sound
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor (as Frederick J. Brown)
Shelley Brown .... assistant sound editor
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... adr editor
Evelyn Dutton .... foley artist
Linda Folk .... sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Constance A. Kazmer .... adr editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Lorane Mitchell .... sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Lauren Palmer .... adr editor
Rodger Pardee .... sound editor
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
Christy Richmond .... assistant sound editor
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production sound supervisor
Ross Taylor .... foley artist
Eli Yarkoni .... sound mixer
Yossi Yarkoni .... boom operator (as Yosi Yarkoni)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Thomas L. Fisher .... special effects coordinator
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Coats .... associate producer: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Tim Donahue .... art director: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Ellen Kitz .... associate producer: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Linda Landry-Nelson .... production coordinator: Introvision Systems, Inc.
William Mesa .... special visual effects supervisor: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... model shop supervisor: Introvision Systems, Inc. (as Gene Rizzardi)
Elliot Rosenblatt .... associate producer: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Issy Shabtay .... stage coordinator: Introvision Systems, Inc.
David Stump .... visual effects cameraman: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Daniel Brown .... model shop foreman (uncredited)
Joel Fletcher .... effects sculptor: Introvision (uncredited)
Richard Kilroy .... model builder (uncredited)
Jon Macht .... visual effects editor: Introvision Systems, Inc. (uncredited)
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman: introvision system camera (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Koby Azarly .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Ray Bonner .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Hank Calia .... stunts (as Henry Calia)
Ignacio Carreño .... stunts
Robert Copenhaver .... stunts
David D. Darling .... stunts (as Dave Darling)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone
Mark De Alessandro .... utility stunts (as Mark DeAlessandro)
Steve DeFrance .... stunts (as Steve M. de France)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Dan Doucette .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Terry Funk .... stunts
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
Bill Getzwiller .... stunt horses: Arizona
J.B. Getzwiller .... stunts
Joey Hamlin .... stunts
Harry Hauss .... stunts (as Harold Hauss)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... utility stunts (as John Hock)
Jeff Jensen .... utility stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Jeff Langton .... stunts
Dave Lowry .... stunts (as David Lowry)
Alan Marcus .... stunts
Sean A. McGaughy .... stunts (as Sean McGaughy)
Don Charles McGovern .... stunt double: slyvester stallone (as Don McGovern)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
Gene McLaughlin .... stunts
Ben Miller .... stunt horses: Arizona
Paul Dion Monte .... stunts (as Paul Monte)
Dennis Motes .... stunt horses: Arizona
Jeff O'Haco .... utility stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Chad Randall .... stunts
Larry Randles .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts (as Anthony Schmidt)
Forrie J. Smith .... stunts (as Forrest J. Smith)
Monty Stuart .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Renaud Veluzat .... stunts (as Paul Renaud Veluzat)
Mike Watson .... stunts
Karl A. Wickman .... stunts (as Karl Wickman)
Jeff Winn .... stunts
Rodd Wolff .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
Glen Gamble .... horse master (uncredited)
Jay King .... stunts (uncredited)
Marco Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Ben Menahem .... gaffer
Itzik Ben-Aroya .... key grip: second unit
Bob Bridges .... clapper loader
Jacob Bukman .... key grip
Moshe Bukman .... grip
John Campbell .... camera operator: Thailand
Paul Cronin .... rigger: Thailand
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer
Gerard Jakubowicz .... second assistant camera
Louis H. Lavelly .... camera operator: Israel
Moshe Levin .... camera operator
Roland Neveu .... special still photographer: one sheet
Timothy Prince .... video engineer
Bob Rose .... key grip: Arizona
Tony Rowland .... key grip: Thailand (as Tony Rowlands)
Sidney Sidell .... assistant camera: Arizona
Rami Siman-Tov .... focus puller
Yuda Tatarko .... best boy electric
Michael T. Travers .... grip
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Anthony Stanier .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Fisher-Mann .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Scott Arundale .... assistant editor
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Ron S. Herbes .... assistant editor
Eric Whitfield .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Nancy Beach .... orchestrator
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... second transportation captain
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator
Gregory Dultz .... driver
Doron Mizrachi .... action vehicles: Israel
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Zafi Arieli .... production secretary
Charles Bella .... helicopter pilot: Gazelle
Delia Circelli .... production coordinator
Jim Davidson .... production controller
Mike De Luca .... security officer: Mr. Stallone
Harold Diamond .... stick fight coordinator
Tony Didio Jr. .... armorer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Tom Gray .... unit publicist
Gary Harper .... weapons supplier
Joseph Hausdorff .... wrangler coordinator: Israel
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot: Jet Ranger (as Harold Hauss)
Joseph A. Henre .... re-enactor
Ray Herbeck Jr. .... re-enactor coordinator
Sophia Lansky .... consultant
Sophia Lansky .... dialect coach
Tony Maffatone .... weapons consultant
Juan Maján .... wrangler coordinator: Israel (as Juan Majan)
Roy Matthews .... pilot: Puma, second unit
Juan Cruz Mesa .... wrangler coordinator: Israel
Yoav Peled .... pilot: Gazelle, second unit
Nick Phillips .... helicopter coordinator: second unit
Douglas A. Raine .... production assistant
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Jim Spahn .... boss wrangler: California
Syd Stembridge .... armorer
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter coordinator: Arizona (as Karl Wickman)
Jeff Winn .... key craft service
Carter Wong .... trainer: acrobatics/film fighting
Billy Yoak .... helicopter modificator
Frans J. Afman .... financial consultant (uncredited)
Michael Grasso .... firearms advisor (uncredited)
Brita McCollough .... caterer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rambo: First Blood Part III" - Malaysia (English title)
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102 min | Finland:87 min (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2008) | Canada:R (Ontario) (1988) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 (1998) (uncut) (video) | Finland:K-18 (theatrical rating) (1988) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1988) (heavily cut) | France:U | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (DVD release) | Germany:18 (re-rating) (uncut) (2011) | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:18PL | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2000) | South Korea:All (cut) (1988) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (2001) | USA:R (#29127) | West Germany:18 (video release) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The problems that the Russian forces faced with American Stinger missiles supplied to the mujaheddin fighters, as described in this movie, were very real, and accounted for the downing and destruction of hundreds of Russian helicopters during the real war. The missile was used again by Pakistan against better-flown Indian aircraft and gunships in the 1999 Kargil War but only accounted for 1 kill out of several hundred launches.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The photograph Col. Trautman is carrying with him at the start of the film is clearly a still of Rambo's later meeting with the gun shop owner as he goes to meet Mousa for the first time.See more »
Hamid:What's that?
Rambo:It's blue light.
Hamid:What does it do?
Rambo:It turns blue.
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24 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A comparatively well-written opening 30 minutes gives way to the usual overblown one-man-army stuff, 10 June 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Living in a Buddhist monastery, making his living off illegal fights when he is approached by Colonel Trautman and Robert Griggs for help in a mission into Afghanistan to help fight the Soviet invasion. Rambo refuses and Trautman goes in alone but is immediately ambushed and captured. When Rambo hears this he throws off his peaceful ways and joins forces with the Mujahedeen rebels to launch a daring rescue mission deep behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

Having seen Rambo's I-III in the last three weeks thanks to BBC3 I feel I have seen the series in the way I would like to have – all at once and as quickly as possible. I didn't think much of part 2 and was prepared for an even more overblown part 3 however credit where credit is due, it is better than part 2 even if that is not saying a great deal. The film opens surprisingly well apart from a silly opening fight scene (he's a Buddhist right?) that is made even funnier by the fact that it has been spoofed by Hot Shots 2 really well. However after this nonsense we get a lot of dialogue that is actually quite good: funny ('it's blue'), interesting, sharp ('where is the glory here?') and quite a balanced look at the situation. Sadly, after 30 minutes of this the film starts to realize that people who have come to the cinema to see Rambo 3 have probably not come for the dialogue and hence we get down to a series of big action set pieces where Rambo takes on the world single handed.

Needless to say the film becomes a by-the-numbers affair from here on in – baddies who can't hit a barn door, indestructible Rambo, young Afghan orphans in peril, cruel Russians, big explosions, OTT death scenes and so on. If this is all you want then you'll pretty much get what you're after; for my money the action was all a bit silly and overblown to be really involving – zero tension and only the spectacle value of the action to keep you watching. As such I found it to be an average film at best but one that I quite enjoyed watching as a dumb action movie. To it's credit it does manage some funny lines during the rest of the movie ('surrounding them is out') but it is apparent to all that the script writer hats were taken off halfway through and replaced by the 'lets blow it all up' hats – when Rambo faces down an entire Soviet army unit you pretty much know that this is not designed to tax your brain or be taken seriously!

The cast pretty much match their material. Stallone manages to have completely robbed Rambo of the interesting elements he had in First Blood and the attempts to give him depth by sticking him in a monastery for 10 minutes is just laughably inept! Crenna seems to enjoy himself in an undemanding role that allows him to do more shooting that the other films but that's about his lot. De Jonge is a better Soviet than the ham that was Berkov but he is still a pantomime villain most of the way through. Smith is a well known face but that's amount the limit of his value in this film although local support from Focás (there's a carry-on joke in there somewhere), Gabai and particularly Shoua as well as others are OK considering they are really just background or fodder.

Overall this is better than Rambo 2 simply because the writing is better in the first 30 minutes and it has some funny lines during the action, however this isn't saying much. The majority of the film is a big dumb action movie of the 'one-man-takes-on-the-world' ilk, if that's your thing then you'll love it, personally I prefer to be involved in the film and be tense and excited. Despite this I still enjoyed it a bit but only for what it was – lots of things blowing up in stupid and OTT ways. Good for teenage boys (of all ages) but really not much worth for anyone else.

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