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In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of missionaries 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diaz (as Rey Gallegos)
Maung Maung Khin ...
Thomas Peterson ...
Tony Skarberg ...
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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In his commentary for First Blood (1982), author David Morell cites the inspiration for John Rambo as being World War II hero and later Hollywood actor Audie Murphy. Rambo's last stand in the finale is very similar to the actions Murphy took that resulted in his being awarded the Medal of Honor--manning a 50.-cal. machine gun mounted on a vehicle (in that case, a tank) and singlehandedly holding off hundreds of enemy soldiers, killing dozens. However, in Murphy's case the tank he was firing from had been disabled and was on fire, and the cannon shells and ammunition it was carrying could have exploded at any moment. See more »


In the final gun battle sequence, Rambo uses the jeep mounted gun to fire on the driver, and splatters blood all over the bullet shield. When he gets off of the machine gun, the bullet shield is clean. See more »


Burnett: It's thinking like that that keeps the world the way it is.
John J. Rambo: Fuck the world.
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Crazy Credits

Salad and Fruit Hand - Buakai Boonsri See more »


Spin-off Rambo: No Blood (2008) See more »


Rambo: First Blood Theme
Written by Jerry Goldsmith (BMI)
Published by Universal Music Publishing o/b/o El Cajo Music Company (BMI)
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User Reviews

An modern 80s action movie that pulls no punches.
28 January 2008 | by (West Coat, USA.) – See all my reviews

Rambo is an 80s-style action movie with modern sensibilities. Stallone is not a one-man army as in previous movies but rather a dogged old soldier that comes to terms with what he actually is while racking up a body count that would make Tarintino proud. In many ways, this movie parallels Rocky Balboa as a mature ending to a series of sometimes over-the-top but fun action movies. John Rambo in this movie is an aging but potent killing machine that for the first time since First Blood accomplishes his mission in a very believable manner. The action is visceral and downright gory at times surpassing the hard-core scenes of Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan. The film pulls no punches when showing exactly what a Barret .50 caliber sniper rifle can do to a human body. Stallone mutters only a very few lines of dialog in this movie... there's no speeches or patriotic flag waving going on here but there is a clear lesson on how well liberal idealism holds up under barbaric realities amid genocide and war.

A must see but not one for the kiddies.

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