John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors.Written by
According to the documentary We Get to Win This Time (2002), the producers considered teaming up Sylvester Stallone with his Staying Alive (1983) protégé John Travolta (who was once considered to play Rambo himself in the first film) as Rambo's young partner in rescuing the American POWs. Stallone nixed this idea when he decided it would be better to make the film a solo project. See more »
Colonel Trautman's fatigues are missing his rank insignia (a Colonel's eagle) and his officer branch insignia, which would normally be worn on the lapels. Since his uniform has other insignia, name tapes, and badges, it can't be excused as a "sanitized" special operations uniform. See more »
Let's keep those hammers working!
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In a television version there is footage of Rambo parachuting into the jungle after he cuts himself loose from the airplane. It was cut for the theatrical version and cannot be found on any of the early DVD releases. This scene is visible in the current DVD release. See more »
"Rambo: First Blood Part II" is the best entry in the popular series. This time imprisoned Sylvester Stallone is let out early to go back to Vietnam to rescue some prisoners of war. Once again Stallone does not have to do much. Richard Crenna is good once again and so are Charles Napier and Martin Kove. The direction is adequate, but the screenplay is not very good. Overall a fair film that is just slightly better than the average original. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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