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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

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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
Spiros Focás Spiros Focás ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo 3 See more »

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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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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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, in keeping with proper, albeit subtle, continuity, we see Rambo's scars from First Blood (1982) (the scar on his right arm, caused by the fall through the trees) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) (the small scar right above his left cheek, caused by the heated knife scraped by his eye). See more »

Goofs

During the stick fight scene, Rambo throws a kick at his opponent, misses, and his foot gets stuck in the wall. It cuts to another shot where both of Rambo's feet are on the ground, and then it cuts back and his foot is stuck in the wall again. See more »

Quotes

Mousa: [as Rambo prepares to play Afghan game 'buzkashi'] God must love crazy people.
Rambo: [getting on horse] Why?
Mousa: He make so many of them!
[laughs]
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Crazy Credits

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

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THE BRIDGE
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Written by Tom Whitlock
Performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizullo
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Acceptable and spectacular following in which Rambo goes to rescue his former colonel in Afghanistan
16 June 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Third entry directed by Peter MacDonald with lots of frenetic action and plenty of blood and violence . Thrilling and moving Rambo episode in which he goes to Afghanistan to rescue his former Vietnam superior commandant , Colonel Samuel Trautman , Richard Crenna . The famous trilogy was subsequently completed by the recent ¨ John Rambo¨ , a definitive improvement and directed by the same Stallone in which Rambo fights enemies in Thailand ; nevertheless the best considered is the original . Violent movie with Rambo character who started in ¨First Blood¨ and launched Stallone career going on his successful Rambo episodes . Sylvester Stallone as brawny hero Rambo is top-notch , he was a previous Green Beret , now retired and living a pacific existence in a Buddist temple (itself was a real temple in Thailand undergoing renovation at the time of filming , also many of the Monk extras were in fact real Monks from that very temple who were paid to appear as extras) . We see Rambo's scars from First Blood (the scar on his right arm, caused by the fall through the trees) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (the small scar right above his left cheek, caused by the heated knife scraped by his eye). He has retreated to a easy life in a rural Thai location , taking part a stick fighting match , and in construction site of a Buddhist temple . Here Rambo again has his usual enemies , the Russians , who control a particular sector of Afghanistan battling Afghan rebels , the Mujahideen, who are fighting the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan War . Rambo goes behind Russian-dominated enemy lines too rescue his former colonel from jail , he had been taken while delivering Stingers ; the problems that the Russian forces faced with American Stinger missiles, as described in this movie, were very real, and accounted for hundreds of Russian helicopters during the real war . As John Rambo joins a warrior named Masoud (Sasson Gabai , whose character is a reference to a real-life leader of the Afghani resistance against the Russian occupation) and a kid to venture behind enemy lines where Trautman (Richard Crenna) was abducted by the ruthless Russian general (Marc De Jonge) . He then frees the prisoner but the cruel General and his soldiers set off in pursuit and carry out a brutal massacre and Rambo leads his pursuers into all kinds of booby snares , puts dangerous traps in the desert and mountains . Rambo appears threatening , lurking and harassing to his enemies pursuers escaping the innumerable risks and dangers .

From the beginning to the end the comic-book action-packed and extreme violence is continued and it's fast movement ; for that reason the picture is pretty amusing ; furthermore contains lots of explosions and some of the best action scenes ever made , including an impressive machine-gun attack , spectacular scenes with helicopters and impressive ending battle between a tank driven by Rambo and a Mi-24 Hind-A helicopter . Stallone is enormous as the tough and rebel one army man , however here is no female role in the main cast, and few women appear in the film . With its $63m budget, this was the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release . The outdoors are spectaculars , the landscapes have been filmed on location in Bangkok ,Chiang Mai , Buddhist Monestary, Thailand , Tel Aviv , Eilat, Israel ,Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Yuma, Arizona, USA . Awesome and exceptional cinematography by the cameraman John Stanier . Splendid and rousing musical score by Jerry Goldsmith , series' usual , though composed by means of synthesizer . This nail-biting film was well played and produced by the great Silvester Stallone along with Carolco : Mario Kassar and Andrew G Vajna ; being professionally realized by Peter Donald who subsequently directed another vehicle for Jean Claude Van Damme , Soldier of fortune . Original director Russell Mulcahy was replaced after two weeks of filming due to creative differences and three cinematographers also succeeded .

The motion picture was preceded by the original ¨First blood¨ by Ted Kotcheff with Richard Crenna , David Caruso and Brian Dennehy, in which Rambo is falsely accused as vagrant and wrongfully imprisoned and he pulls off the break-out ; Rambo II by George Pan Cosmatos with Martin Kove, Steven Berkoff and Julia Nickson, in which he's forced to go Cambodia in search of American POWs , and this ¨Rambo III¨ with Kurtwood Smith and Spiros Focas , and the ultimate ¨John Rambo¨ directed and starred by Stallone with Julie Benz and Matthew Mardsen . The film will appeal to action enthusiast and Stallone fans . It's a movie for adrenaline lovers and frantic thrillers buffs . Rating : Good, entertaining but violent , two thumbs up . Although the movie has some aspects a little tough to take , this exciting film still has its magnificent moments . This large-scale and lavishly produced pic attempts a peculiar atmosphere with acceptable results . well worth seeing .


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