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Rambo III (1988)

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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
Spyros Fokas ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The first was for himself. The second for his country. This time it's to save his friend. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,034,238, 29 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)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is considered to be the Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Down Under (1987) of the Rambo series. Rambo goes to Afghanistan to rescue Col. Trautman as well as aiding the Mujahedeen rebels fight back against the Soviet invaders holding Trautman captive. See more »

Goofs

In the shot of the helicopter exploding, seen through the sight of the heavy machine gun, it can be seen for a fraction of a second that the chopper is actually a relatively crude model suspended from a wire. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Trautman: Can you fly that helicopter?
Rambo: Let's find out!
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Crazy Credits

The Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan See more »

Alternate Versions

Released shortly after the Hungerford massacre in the UK, the BBFC removed just over 1 minute of violence from the cinema version and a total of 3 minutes of both violence and weapon scenes from the 1989 video version. Among the cuts made to the film were heavy edits to the opening stick fight, butts and kicks during fight scenes, electrical torture scenes, and heavy reductions to closeups of knives and bullet wounds. The uncut version has turned up many times on pay TV (Sky and Bravo). See more »

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Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BRIDGE
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Written by Tom Whitlock
Performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo
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Quite Over-the-Top but a Nice Continuation of the Rambo Series
30 August 2000 | by dtrent-2See all my reviews

They had to make another one so this one is it! The 3rd installment in the Rambo series! Lots of action, lots of Sly-Physique, lots of stalwart performance pieces by Stallone himself but the most "over-the-top" performance piece is when he cauterizes his side after being shot. He ends up with a huge black 'hole' in his side but keeps plugging along throughout the film anyway! And let's remember - This IS only a film! Who could possibly have ever done anything like that in real life?? No, only in REEL life!

Here we have John Rambo quietly trying to piece back together his life after what we all saw in RAMBO 2. He's now living in Thailand helping Buddist monks build a temple. It's peaceful, it's quiet, he has time to 'reflect'. BUT here comes Col. Trautman again with another assignment for him! This time, it's the Russians in Afghanistan slaughtering thousands of common people for political gain. (Ain't politics the worst?!?) Well, Rambo doesn't want to get involved anymore but when the Col. goes in & gets captured, he's gotta get his buddy out. With the help of some 'bedouins' & a young boy, he gains his victory. (And who IS that young boy anyway? What a cutie! What has he been in since this film? I'd like to know.)

I have to admit, the tank scene was amazing! When you need a survivor to come thru all the gunfire, blow-ups & sweat, who ya gonna call? RAMBO! No one else can get the job done 'cuz he works it!

I don't like the stick-fight in the beginning of the film. It looks too 'laughable'. And when Charlie Sheen made a mockery of Rambo in "Hot Shots - Part Deux", it made it all the more laughable. (Sorry, Sly!)

BUT the most memorable 'stare', the most memorable line that hits you like you know Rambo means business is when he goes inside that tent to get the 'ammunition' he needs to go on this 'tour of duty'. The guy in the tent thinks Rambo's no soldier. He chides him, asking if he's a tourist. Rambo moves in closer to the guy (& the camera), stares that big-eyed stare & says, "I'm no tourist!" That scene gets me everytime! You just KNOW he means it! He is capable of just about ANYTHING & EVERYTHING & this film proves it!


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