Only a few years after the all-out guerrilla war in First Blood (1982), John Rambo's former commanding officer, Colonel Sam Trautman, pulls him out of jail, only to send him back to a place he swore never to return: the impenetrable jungles of Vietnam. Entrusted with the dangerous task of collecting evidence that American POWs are still being held captive, Rambo agrees to infiltrate the unknown zone, and before long, he finds himself double-crossed, marooned behind the enemy lines. Once, John fought for his country. Now, the government has left him for dead in a Soviet-infested land. Can Rambo fulfil his suicide mission? Will he deliver his lethal justice?Written by
George P. Cosmatos had Murdock and his men snacking in one of the scenes to show their apathy toward the mission. Oliver Stone showed George W. Bush eating food during meetings in W. (2008) for similar reasons. See more »
Rambo uses the chicken and gas trick to set the village on fire, then uses his exploding arrows to set off more explosions. One Vietnamese soldier stumbles out of the tall grass on fire. When he falls to the ground, you can see him wearing a heavy glove to protect him from the fire. See more »
Let's keep those hammers working!
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Some television versions feature the following added scenes: 1. A longer scene of Rambo parachuting to the ground. 2. The pirate boat waving a flag to signal another boat. 3. An alternate take of Rambo spitting on the ground instead of saying the F-word at Podovsky. 4. After Rambo agrees to make the radio call, there's an added scene of Podovsky repeating his directions to Rambo of what to say on the radio. See more »
Although done in the way of a mindless action film, this movie is steeped more in reality than you might think. It's true that there are hundreds of leftover POW's still alive in Vietnam. Many of them however have been moved over to Laos, Cambodia, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In the early eighties, Ronald Reagan tried to establish two rescue missions but stopped them at the last minute because their rescue would bring up a secret war the U.S. fought in Laos in the late sixties and early seventies. Many U.S. MIA's/POW's are from this secret war that no one was supposed to know about. Anyway, rather than try rescuing them, they felt that by "liquidating the merchandise" i.e. killing the POW's, the U.S. government could avoid embarrassment and let the pain of Vietnam die off. In fact, Vietnam did offer a number of live POW's to Reagan his first week of office for $ 4 billion dollars but they rejected this offer and continue to claim there are no more live POW's there, even though they have been tracking them by satellite for decades. What makes Rambo so disturbing is, this movie made $ 150 million at the box office, and Reagan even referenced it in a speech he gave once, yet no one in the media reports on the topic anymore. They instead look at it like they do the movie, simply a fantasy.
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