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Rambo (2008)

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In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.


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Diaz (as Rey Gallegos)
Maung Maung Khin ...
Missionary #4 (Jeff)
Thomas Peterson ...
Missionary #2 (Dentist)
Tony Skarberg ...
Missionary #3 (Videographer)
Missionary #5 (Preacher) (as James Wearing Smith)
Kasikorn Niyompattana ...
Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun ...


Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic ... Written by / Drew Lahat

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Heroes never die.... They just reload.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,203,876 (USA) (25 January 2008)


$42,724,402 (USA) (21 March 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Thus far, First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) both feature bowies produced by Jimmy Lile, where Rambo III (1988) and Rambo feature a bowie and machete respectively. Both were produced by renowned fantasy knife-smith, Gil Hibben. See more »


When the team attacks the Burmese camp and the sniper fires the first shots, we see a guard falling backwards with his legs rolling onto him. Later when Rambo is getting out the camp and is spotted by 2 guards, as the second guard is sniped, we see someone falling exactly in the same manner with legs rolling onto the person - it is in fact the same shot that we saw earlier, only with a wider view. See more »


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Rated "R" for Rambo
26 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OH the Haustacity. Yes...I will say it again, HAUSTASTIC!!!! Rambo at his best...I don't care, he may be old, but crap man. This movie is awesome.

Stallone definitely took a step towards the Mel Gibson approach in making it realistic. That is what a .50 caliber round does to a man. The genocide scenes are rough and graphic...definitely not for young audiences, but for everyone else. HAUSOME!!!

The story is solid. It doesn't take long at all to get to the action. This is a must see for any person looking for some great action.

Rated "R" for Ridiculous, rampaging, reoccurring Rambo

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