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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rambo
... Col. Samuel Trautman
Marc de Jonge ... Colonel Zaysen
... Griggs
Spiros Focás ... Masoud (as Spiros Focas)
... Mousa
Doudi Shoua ... Hamid
Randy Raney ... Kourov
... Tomask
... Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi ... Rahim
... Khalid (as Yosef Shiloah)
Harold Diamond ... Stick Fighter
... Gun Dealer (as Seri Mati)
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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Taglines:

The first was for himself. The second for his country. This time it's to save his friend. See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo 3  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,745,418, 30 May 1988

Gross USA:

$53,715,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,015,611
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| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

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(4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The other helicopter disguised as a Russian gunship was really an Aerospatiale/Eurocopter SA 341/2 Gazelle (also modified as the title helicopter in the movie Blue Thunder (1983)), of British/French design. The four fighter aircraft seen at a distance in the beginning are IAI Kfirs of the Israeli Air Force. See more »

Goofs

Soon after Rambo attacks the Spetsnaz in a cave after escaping with Trautman, Colonel Zaysen asks for a status report in Russian. Spetsnaz is spelled incorrectly in the on-screen translation. See more »

Quotes

Zaysen: [over the chopper's radio] Drop the weapons! Now! You have no chance of escape! Come forward! I wish to take you back alive! This is your last warning! The choice is yours!
Colonel Trautman: What do you say, John?
Rambo: Fuck 'em!
[Shoots at one of the Soviet trucks with his grenade launcher]
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Top 10 Sequels That Aren't as Bad as Everyone Says (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

HE AIN'T HEAVY... HE'S MY BROTHER
Written by Bob Russell & Bobby Scott
Harrison Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Jenny Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Bill Medley
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Courtesy of Voss Records
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Great comic book action!
2 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Above average Holywood type action movie that is very under rated because it is very mis-understood.This movie is not to be taken too seriously.If one understands comic book action,that person will dig this movie.The hardware and action sequences here are very top notch.The subject matter is also a good illustration of the Afghan situation at that time.The approach of the movie was on the unrealistic side due to a marketing mainstream "quick cash" decition by the producers of this movie.But compared to other movies of the same genre and category (Holywood Formula Military Action Drama),this one is on a higher level in quality.This one is the worst of all the Rambo movies but still,if you ,like the above mentioned genre,you will enjoy this one........


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