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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 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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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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Heroes never die.... They just reload. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Thus far, First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) both feature bowies produced by Jimmy Lile, where Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008) feature a bowie and machete respectively. Both were produced by renowned fantasy knife-smith, Gil Hibben. See more »

Goofs

Sarah is handing supplies out to the villagers. She comes up to a little girl, with a package in her right hand. It goes to another camera angle, and the package is in her left hand. It cuts to a different camera angle, and the package is back in her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: You know, you never told us your name.
John Rambo: John.
Sarah: Where are you from?
John Rambo: Bowie, Arizona.
Sarah: Why'd you leave?
John Rambo: I got drafted in 'Nam.
Sarah: And you just stayed?
John Rambo: It's complicated.
Sarah: You have family back home?
John Rambo: Father, maybe. I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

Sandwich Makers - Permpoon Penjan and Parichat U-Tama See more »

Alternate Versions

To secure a "Not under 18" rating from the FSK, the German theatrical version was cut by ca. 1 minute. To achieve this rating for the DVD, one additional minute was cut. For the salethrough version (rated "Not under 16"), almost every violent bit was removed. The uncut version was released with a SPIO/JK certificate. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: Cocktail (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wishing Well
Written and Performed by Jake La Botz
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Under the Well Music (BMI)
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Rambo is back and better than ever!
22 January 2008 | by Norse_SageSee all my reviews

I saw this at an advance screening in Oslo, and going in, I didn't expect it to be any more than a cheesy and somewhat gory tribute to eighties actioners by a star/director/producer/writer who was desperate to relive past glory. That latter may or may not be true, but my former assessment was plain wrong. This movie is authentic, shocking and unlike any other comparable movie.

Given its genre, the movie is a masterpiece. The story is simple but solid, and works on several levels. The action scenes are unparalleled, more intense than "Black Hawk Down", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Stalingrad" put together. The level of brutality and gore will shock and fascinate, and no doubt cause some level of controversy.

Stallone proves himself to be an excellent director, as well as in excellent shape for his age. I had little faith in him going in, and I stand corrected.

This is a Rambo who has come to terms with who and what he is, in a movie that holds up when compared with the original "First Blood". Well done, Sly. Well done indeed.


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Country:

Germany | USA | Thailand

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

Gross USA:

$42,754,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,244,290
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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