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Rambo (2008)

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In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... John Rambo
Julie Benz ... Sarah
Matthew Marsden ... School Boy
Graham McTavish ... Lewis
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Diaz (as Rey Gallegos)
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Reese
Tim Kang ... En-Joo
Maung Maung Khin Maung Maung Khin ... Tint
Paul Schulze ... Michael Burnett
Cameron Pearson ... Missionary #4 (Jeff)
Thomas Peterson Thomas Peterson ... Missionary #2 (Dentist)
Tony Skarberg Tony Skarberg ... Missionary #3 (Videographer)
James With ... Missionary #5 (Preacher) (as James Wearing Smith)
Kasikorn Niyompattana Kasikorn Niyompattana ... Snake Hunter #2
Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun ... Snake Hunter #1
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Storyline

Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic ... Written by stallonezone.com / Drew Lahat

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Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Burmese | Thai

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo IV: End of Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,203,876, 27 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,754,105, 27 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,244,290
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (cut) (FSK 16 rated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone specifically wanted the film to be set in the midst of the most brutal ongoing global conflict that was basically ignored by the public and media. After ruling out established (and well-known) conflicts in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, Stallone talked to international experts who told him about the Burmese junta's mass murder of the Karen people. He then set the movie's storyline in the middle of this genocide. See more »

Goofs

When the mercenaries exit the boat, they are asked if the have any explosives. A man say's no, even though he has an M203 under barrel grenade launcher on his rifle. See more »

Quotes

[from Director's Cut]
Arthur Marsh: [praying] Lord, make me your instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that we receive. It is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
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On-Set Salad Maker - Cholticha Wannaoun See more »

Alternate Versions

The 100-minute extended cut features the following additions and changes:
  • The main title card shows as 'John Rambo' and now appears across the screen.
  • At the beginning, Rambo traps the second snake followed by a new scene where the deckhands played with it on the boat.
  • While working on the metal for the new propeller, Sara visits him in an another attempt to persuade him to change his mind to take them upriver.
  • While upriver, Rambo and Sara's moments are longer, as both get to know one another better.
  • The bad guy who laid dying on Rambo's boat only has a bullet shot on the head. In the theatrical cut, there were multiple gunshots all over the body.
  • While passing the armor boat on the way back from Burma, Rambo takes out his knife in the hidden compartment.
  • After driving the armor boat to the shore, there is an additional scene where he burns it along with his knife.
  • During the village massacre by the regime, there were alternate shots of villages in cages and the hazing of the young boys.
  • When the pastor seeks Rambo's help, he was actually instructed to pray while Rambo forges his blade. Later, the pastor watches the mercenaries head downriver.
  • While escaping the military village, Rambo notices lacerations on Sara's feet and bandages them.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Long Mae Ping
Written by Chuck Jonkey (as Charles Jonkey)
Performed by Chuck Jonkey & Lugsil
Published by Jonkey Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Jonkey Enterprises Sonic Safari Music
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Not Much Of A Talker, But He Can Kill With The Best Of 'em!
30 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Take the first 20 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" - with soldiers limbs being shot off at the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach, add some magnificent jungle scenery and action a la "Tears Of The Sun, and put it all in " Blackhawk Down" mode with gunfire dominating the film....and you have the latest Rambo movie.

Hey, I knew it was going to be a tough, adventure story but this was a shock. I've never seen so many heads blown off, limbs blasted away with blood spurting out and holes blasted in the middle of chests and stomachs in one movie in my life.....and it's only 81 minutes long! (The last dozen minutes are ending credits.) Man, this is almost non-stop action and suspense/ Yeah, a bunch of it is overdone but overall, it still was an entertaining movie.

I know it sounds like some dumb Texas Chainsaw Massacre-type thing, but it wasn't despite the mayhem. There actually was a small story with a decent message about making your life stand for something. "Rambo Gets A Conscience" could be another title to this movie.

However, if you are the least bit squeamish about bloody violence, you better skip this movie. If you enjoy a good action movie and don't care if it gets a little gross in spots, this is your cup of tea......in spades. If you have any hostility in you, after 80 minutes of watching this, it should be gone.

After an absence of 20 years, Sylvester Stallone's "John Rambo" comes back to the screen. Rambo is the kind of guy you don't want on your college debate team but he's a number one draft choice on the field of battle. He's a man of few words and a lot of testosterone. With veins popping out of his arms like a 25-year-old bodybuilder, Stallone looks more juiced than Barry Bonds but at least it makes him look the part, even if he does have bags under his eyes. I liked Stallone's comeback in the recent "Rocky Balboa" better, but this was still an entertaining flick.

The middle-aged John Rambo was more realistic than the male missionary, "Michael Burnett," who was a bit obnoxious for who he was playing. I've met a number of missionaries and none of them act or sound like this guy, but that's the film world for you. The guy with the Australian accent who was the "leaders" of the mercenary group was a bit over-the-top and cartoon-like with the profanity. With him, and the Burmese rebel leader, you had no probably identifying who the a-holes were in this movie, and who were the good guys. They weren't too subtle about that. Then again, the action scenes weren't too subtle, either - but it was entertaining, in a sick sort of way.

One last thing that everyone should agree with: this was nicely filmed, with fantastic jungle scenery. Kudos for cinematographer Glen MacPherson and director Stallone for some incredible shots. I cannot imagine how good this must look on a high-definition disc.


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