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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT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

Also Known As:

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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?


Sylvester Stallone described the Burmese River as "the most difficult terrain I've ever had to negotiate, including Cliffhanger (1993)." See more »


In the final shoot out Myint fires a M136 AT-4 anti-tank weapon although the weapon is still on safe and he has not got his finger on the trigger. He also holds the weapon totally wrong and looks over the sights. See more »


Pirate Leader: You have lights! Turn them on! I want to see you fuckin' fools!
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On-Set Salad Maker - Cholticha Wannaoun See more »


References Platoon (1986) See more »


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User Reviews

tag line says all, the year's first great action movie.
25 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A straight action film only Stallone could deliver. Nobody else could direct such an uncompromising pursuit of battle. The battle sequences of this movie are glorious and violent in a way that is special, a new extreme level of tension was achieved in my opinion and I don't say this in blind excitement.

This movie delivers a movie-high that is not often attempted. Movies usually hold back or simply fail at achieving visceral action and instead try to balance themselves between action, plot, drama, comedy, etc, and in many cases in modern films this only lowers the quality of the experience. The downfall of Rambo you could say is its small concern for character drama, indeed the scenes looking at the female lead and the mercenary group are pretty poorly acted (though this allows the scenes to focus on Stallone's disregard for their antics, it can get annoying to sit through).

The mercenary group's character were so over the top in acting however it came off like farce to me which was actually really entertaining, seeing their macho lines fall dead in the air, Stallone giving them no respect.

The battles were glorious even if the film has flaws, but it focuses on the battle as it should, and achieves glorious cinematic victory. Great experience.

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