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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Rambo III can be found here.

When Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a Green Beret with two Medals of Honor and currently living in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, turns down the request of his former commanding officer Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) to accompany him on a mission into Afghanistan and Trautman is subsequently captured by the Russians, Rambo launches a one-man rescue mission.

Rambo III is the third movie in the Rambo series, which was based on First Blood, a 1972 novel by Canadian-American novelist David Morrell. It was preceded by First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and followed by Rambo (2008). In the novel, Rambo died at the end of the shoot-out in Hope, Washington (seen in First Blood), so all sequels are based only on characters created by David Morrell. The screenplay for Rambo III was written by Sylvester Stallone and American screenwriter Sheldon Lettich. Morrell novelized the movie in 1988. Rambo 5 is in development, set for release in 2015.

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As Trautman and Rambo approach the Pakistani border thinking they have made it to safety, they are suddenly aware of an army of Soviet tanks approaching. Colonel Zaysen (Marc de Jonge) orders them to drop their weapons and assures them of a fair trial, but Trauman and Rambo open fire on them. As the army closes in, a full cavalry of Mujahideen warriors, accompanied by Mousa (Sasson Gabai) and Hamid (Doudi Shoua), suddenly surround them, overwhelming the Soviets. A fierce battle follows, and Trautman and Rambo are both injured. Not one to give up, Rambo manages to hijack a Soviet tank and ram it headfirst into Zaysen's helicopter, killing him in the explosion. To everyone's amazement, Rambo crawls out of the tank. In the final scene, Mousa and Hamid say goodbye to Rambo, and Rambo tells Hamid to keep the good luck charm. As Trautman and Rambo drive off the battlefield, Trautman comments that they may be getting a little soft. 'Maybe just a little, sir,' Rambo replies.

In Britain the movie was released on VHS twice. The VHS by Guild Home Video is severely censored. Nearly all action sequences are missing some frames and in total not less than a 45 scenes got cut. A detailed comparison between this version and the uncensored one with pictures can be found here.. The second VHS release by Universal lacks only one scene - a horse falling down - due to Britain's Animal Act. Again one can find a comparison with pictures here. All cuts were waived for the DVDs/Blu-rays.

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