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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

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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 »


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

The Mi-24 Hind-A (large glazed cockpit as opposed to two small tandem cockpits for the later D version onwards of the type) helicopters seen in the film are in fact modified Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma transport helicopters with fabricated bolt-on wings similar to the real Hind-A's used in the former Soviet bloc nations. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Colonel Trautman: Hard to believe, John.
Rambo: What's that, sir?
Colonel Trautman: Well, I hate to admit it, but the truth is, I think we're getting soft.
Rambo: Maybe just a little, sir. Just a little.
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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 »

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IT IS OUR DESTINY
Produced by Peter Wolf
Written by Peter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by Bill Medley
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An array of forgettable extras and a glow stick.
27 September 2010 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Peter MacDonald's Rambo 3 is far removed from Ted Kotcheff's credible First Blood and follows the Rambo icon established in George P.Cosmatos' First Blood Part II.

What's notable from the outset is the real life political and conflict shifts since '88, as the Americans are helping the Afghan rebels achieve freedom from the invading Russians. As the cold war ended over night this appeared to hamper this Rambo's already out of date story line box office success. That said, paradoxically it has made Rambo more significant and highlights how quickly an alliance can shift which may stick in some viewers throats satirically or not.

Richard Crenna once again plays Col. Trautman who is captured behind enemy lines and Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) must stage a solo 'unofficial' rescue mission. Again, Stallone is in obscene physical shape for this instalment, and is 100% committed to his role as Rambo. There's a brief appearance by Kurtwood Smith who gives the usual effective performance. Sasson Gabai and Spiros Focás are part of an effective supporting cast. However, the Russians are an array of forgettable extras and Marc de Jonge Colonel Zaysen just can't escape from the stereotype script he's been given.

Rambo 3 is very watchable but in retrospect it's fraught at times by diplomatic changes of the time, even more so in today's climate and ironically this takes the fun out this instalment.

Jerry Goldsmith's score is once again excellent and MacDonald who was handed the directing reigns last minute does his best. There are a few stand out scenes all of which display Stallones refined abilities, a stick fight and horse game. Nevertheless, Sylvester Stallone and Sheldon Lettich screenplay is all comic book dialogue. The film looses memento in the second act and by the third you don't care who lives or dies.

There's gun's, helicopters, bullets, explosions, monks and glow-sticks if that's your thing you'll love Rambo III.


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