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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.


Peter MacDonald


David Morrell (characters), Sylvester Stallone | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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 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
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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Adventure


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


At 102 minutes this is the longest film in the 'Rambo' series (especially considering the total screen time of production logos and end credits is almost 5% of that 102 minutes). See more »


In First Blood, Rambo has tons of scars on his back. In this movie, in the scene right before Rambo goes into the warehouse for the stick fight, there is a shot of his back and you can see that the scars are gone. See more »


[first lines]
Colonel Trautman: John!
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Crazy Credits

The 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 »


Referenced in Beauties at War (2008) See more »


Produced by Peter Wolf
Written by Peter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by Bill Medley
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User Reviews

This movie is great
14 February 2002 | by Krakhed666See all my reviews

Rambo III is one of my favorite movies of all time. After Rambo rescues the American POWs in Vietnam he moves to Thailand and works in a Buddhist monastary. He keeps in shape by stick fighting and doing construction work around the monastary. Sam Trautman and Eric's father from "That '70's Show." Ask Rambo for his help because Trautman is on a mission to deliver Stinger Missiles to the rebels fighting the Soviets. Trautman later gets caught by the Soviets, and Eric's father tells Rambo at the monastary about Trautman getting captured. To make a long story short Rambo gets his equipment ready, (detonators and of course BLUE LIGHTS)and heads off to Afghanistan. It takes awhile for the Afghan Tribes to accept Rambo (they think he's a lost tourist.) The fighting and gun fights are so far-fetched that you gotta love it. The climax of the film is awesome. Rambo and Truatman get conered by the Soviets, and Rambo says his famous one liner "F_ck Them!" and starts shoot'n gernades at the soviet army. With the help of the Afghan Tribesmen, Rambo jumps into a burning Soviet tank and squares off against a evil soviet commander in a attack helicopter. Rambo kills the soviet commander by shooting the tanks machine gun into the helicopter's cockpit and rams the tank into the helicopter blowing it into millions of pieces! and of course Rambo survives. I give this movie 7/10

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Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,034,238, 29 May 1988

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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