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

Director:

Peter MacDonald

Writers:

David Morrell (characters), Sylvester Stallone | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rambo
Richard Crenna ... Trautman
Marc de Jonge Marc de Jonge ... Zaysen
Kurtwood Smith ... Griggs
Spyros Fokas ... Masoud (as Spiros Focas)
Sasson Gabay ... Mousa (as Sasson Gabai)
Doudi Shoua Doudi Shoua ... Hamid
Randy Raney Randy Raney ... Kourov
Marcus Gilbert ... Tomask
Alon Aboutboul ... Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
Mahmoud Assadollahi Mahmoud Assadollahi ... Rahim
Yosef 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

Weary of the horrors of war, the expert in guerrilla tactics, John Rambo, has settled in exotic Thailand since the suicide rescue mission in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). However, John will return to action, when his grizzled mentor, Colonel Sam Trautman, gets trapped behind the enemy lines in Soviet-infested Afghanistan, after a botched attempt to aid the remaining rebel pockets. Now, there's no turning back--and as each minute counts--John must act fast before it's too late. Once more, the government will deny John's existence if the men of the ruthless Soviet Colonel, Zaysen, capture him. But, John shows no mercy, and, this time, he fights for his friend. Can Rambo save the only man who ever stood by him? Written by Nick Riganas

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

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Sylvester Stallone ranked his preference of the Rambo films on The Graham Norton Show (2007), he ranked this one 3rd. See more »

Goofs

When Rambo is fighting the Spetnaz in the underground caves, he shoots one of his explosive arrows, however, two different explosions go off instead of one. See more »

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[first lines]
Colonel Trautman: John!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits open with a message that says, "This Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan". See more »

Alternate Versions

Released shortly after the Hungerford massacre in the UK, the BBFC removed just over 1 minute of violence from the cinema version and a total of 3 minutes of both violence and weapon scenes from the 1989 video version. Among the cuts made to the film were heavy edits to the opening stick fight, butts and kicks during fight scenes, electrical torture scenes, and heavy reductions to closeups of knives and bullet wounds. The uncut version has turned up many times on pay TV (Sky and Bravo). See more »

Connections

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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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Rambo
7 March 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

Not the best script, but it had some moments - like the child soldier. Strange how the Soviet-Vietnam scenario has come back to haunt America.


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Country:

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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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