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Rambo III (1988)

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Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

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Peter MacDonald

Writers:

David Morrell (characters), Sylvester Stallone | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rambo
Richard Crenna ... Col. Samuel Trautman
Marc de Jonge Marc de Jonge ... Colonel Zaysen
Kurtwood Smith ... Griggs
Spyros Fokas ... Masoud (as Spiros Focas)
Sasson Gabai ... Mousa
Doudi Shoua Doudi Shoua ... Hamid
Randy Raney Randy Raney ... Kourov
Marcus Gilbert ... Tomask
Alon Aboutboul ... Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi Mahmoud Assadollahi ... Rahim
Joseph Shiloach ... Khalid (as Yosef Shiloah)
Harold Diamond Harold Diamond ... Stick Fighter
Mati Seri ... Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
Hany Said El Deen Hany Said El Deen ... Gun Dealer
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Storyline

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. Written by Todd Baldridge

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God would have mercy John Rambo won't! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,034,238, 29 May 1988

Gross USA:

$53,715,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,015,611
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Working title was Full Circle: First Blood Part III See more »

Goofs

After Rambo sticks his thumb in his side in the cave to remove the piece of broken arrow, he flips the top off a bullet with his big knife so he can pour the gunpowder onto one of the openings of his wound, then lights it. The fire would not go through his side to the other side of the wound since there was no 'trail' of gunpowder. The fire would just burn the one side of the wound where Rambo emptied out the gunpowder onto it. See more »

Quotes

Mousa: Well, I do not know who you really are. But by the way you look, I can see you have no experience in war, do you? C'mon, do you?
Rambo: [sarcastically] I've fired a few shots.
Mousa: [laughing at Rambo] A few shots? Come on! Maybe you should go back home and think it all over again. For a very long time!
Rambo: [Turns to face Mousa and gives him a dirty look] I did think it over.
Mousa: You did? Well... This is your choice. But let me tell you, you cannot get this American alone. If you fail, do not blame me. I will accept ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan See more »

Alternate Versions

The original film ended with a dedication that stated: "This film is dedicated to the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan." Newer releases of the film now say: "This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan." See more »


Soundtracks

IT IS OUR DESTINY
Produced by Peter Wolf
Written by Peter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by Bill Medley
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Quite Over-the-Top but a Nice Continuation of the Rambo Series
30 August 2000 | by dtrent-2See all my reviews

They had to make another one so this one is it! The 3rd installment in the Rambo series! Lots of action, lots of Sly-Physique, lots of stalwart performance pieces by Stallone himself but the most "over-the-top" performance piece is when he cauterizes his side after being shot. He ends up with a huge black 'hole' in his side but keeps plugging along throughout the film anyway! And let's remember - This IS only a film! Who could possibly have ever done anything like that in real life?? No, only in REEL life!

Here we have John Rambo quietly trying to piece back together his life after what we all saw in RAMBO 2. He's now living in Thailand helping Buddist monks build a temple. It's peaceful, it's quiet, he has time to 'reflect'. BUT here comes Col. Trautman again with another assignment for him! This time, it's the Russians in Afghanistan slaughtering thousands of common people for political gain. (Ain't politics the worst?!?) Well, Rambo doesn't want to get involved anymore but when the Col. goes in & gets captured, he's gotta get his buddy out. With the help of some 'bedouins' & a young boy, he gains his victory. (And who IS that young boy anyway? What a cutie! What has he been in since this film? I'd like to know.)

I have to admit, the tank scene was amazing! When you need a survivor to come thru all the gunfire, blow-ups & sweat, who ya gonna call? RAMBO! No one else can get the job done 'cuz he works it!

I don't like the stick-fight in the beginning of the film. It looks too 'laughable'. And when Charlie Sheen made a mockery of Rambo in "Hot Shots - Part Deux", it made it all the more laughable. (Sorry, Sly!)

BUT the most memorable 'stare', the most memorable line that hits you like you know Rambo means business is when he goes inside that tent to get the 'ammunition' he needs to go on this 'tour of duty'. The guy in the tent thinks Rambo's no soldier. He chides him, asking if he's a tourist. Rambo moves in closer to the guy (& the camera), stares that big-eyed stare & says, "I'm no tourist!" That scene gets me everytime! You just KNOW he means it! He is capable of just about ANYTHING & EVERYTHING & this film proves it!


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