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
The knife in this film is the first in the series to not be designed by Arkansas knifesmith Jimmy Lile. The blade was designed by fantasy knife designer Gil Hibben and is two inches longer than the one in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and three inches longer than the knife in First Blood (1982). The knife is also the first in the series to not be of a survival knife design, although Hibben did produce a hollow handle, sawtooth survival knife. It was used during the first few days of filming: Rambo can be seen using it to pry up a mine in the minefield scene. A closeup of the final design plunging into the sand was filmed later to begin the scene. Jimmy Lile did build a prototype bowie knife roughly similar to what Hibben eventually produced (now being reproduced by knifesmith Vaughan Neeley), but Stallone rejected it, showing Lile a Hibben design more like what he wanted. Not surprisingly, Lile suggested he use Hibben himself. See more »
The Spetnaz soldier picks up a blue light attached to a bomb. The level of lighting in the area does not change, even when he moves the blue light, revealing that the lighting is coming from a different source. See more »
[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!
What do you say, John?
[Shoots at one of the Soviet trucks with his grenade launcher]
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The Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan See more »
A new British video version, released in June 2000, restores all the violence previously cut from UK versions, but is still missing a 2 second scene in which a horse fall was achieved using a tripwire. See more »
I think this film was judged too much on subject matter and not as an excellently shot action film. Each action sequence is done with immense skill and quality. Sure the script is dodgy, USA v USSR so what!
Its time to turn your brain off and enjoy!
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