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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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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 ...
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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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.


Action | Thriller | War

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)  »

Also Known As:

John Rambo  »

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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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| (extended) | (cut) (FSK 16 rated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Rambo also fights off a flamethrower in Rambo III (1988). See more »


At the military camp where the prisoners are held, it rains all night. The next morning, when everyone leaves the camp, the ground is dry - even dusty. See more »


John Rambo: Why'd you come back?
Sarah: Waiting for you.
John Rambo: I told you before, I can't help you.
Sarah: Well, we need to go and help these people. We're here to make a difference. We believe all lives are special.
John Rambo: Some lives... some not.
Sarah: Really? If everyone thought like you, nothing would ever change.
John Rambo: Nothing does change.
Sarah: Of course it does! Nothing stays the same!
John Rambo: Live your life, 'cause you've got a good one.
Sarah: It's what I'm trying to do!
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Crazy Credits

Salad and Fruit Hand - Buakai Boonsri See more »


Referenced in Eretz Nehederet: Episode #9.8 (2012) 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

This was easily one of the best action movies.
24 January 2008 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Being a huge Sylvester Stallone fan, I was more than happy just seeing him on screen again, and I would usually just be content watching any movie with Stallone, and that's what I went in expecting. But hell, was I wrong, this had me jumping up from my seat every 2 minutes. This had one hell of a message, and wasn't just a mindless action movie with gore. I loved each bit of the movie, and watching Stallone act so well was a total pleasure. It was also kind of shocking at how Stallone is still in physical form, considering his age. He was very flexible for his age, and that's also what helped push the movie further. Also, his ruthlessness in regards to the injustice. Overall, a brilliant 10/10 if you ask me.

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