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Rambo 3 (1988)

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The Action Continues.

  • May 5, 2002
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In FIRST BLOOD, Rambo was fighting for his personal freedom against a ruthless cop. In RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD II, Rambo redeemed himself and his country by returning to Vietnam to rescue imprisoned American POW's. The Vietcong in the film were backed and financed by Communist Russia, foreshadowing events to come in RAMBO III. In this movie, Rambo's mentor Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) is taken prisoner in Afganistan while assisting the Afganian rebels against the invading Soviet forces. Rambo comes "out of retirement" from working in a Buddahist commune to rescue his old friend and teacher. In the process he becomes friends with the Afganian people and ends up kicking the tar out of the Soviet military.

There are a lot of inaccurate depictions in RAMBO III. However, the Rambo films aren't about staying true to truth and reality (well, FIRST BLOOD is an exception). They are about a new modern American superhero; a guy who is invincible, a one-man army who gets to blow lots of things up, kill lots of bad guys, all for the sake of truth, justice, and the American way.

I admit the film seems totally different since September 11, 2001. However, that makes the movie a little more interesting to watch. The past, including dated movies, can teach us a great deal.

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review by . November 18, 2010
This 1988 excellent action film has just the opposite view of fighting in Afghanistan than the US has today, 22 years later. These were the days when the Russians were fighting in Afghanistan. John Rambo, retired Army Special Forces expert, with long curly hair and many body scars, is in Thailand fighting in a sports ring. He is hit more than a dozen times without being able to land a hit of his own. We see that he is able to stand strong body blows that would have felled a lesser man, a foreshadowing …
review by . April 26, 2011
What a difference 22 years makes!!!
This 1988 excellent action film has just the opposite view of fighting in Afghanistan than the US has today, 22 years later. These were the days when the Russians were fighting in Afghanistan. John Rambo, retired Army Special Forces expert, with long curly hair and many body scars, is in Thailand fighting in a sports ring. He is hit more than a dozen times without being able to land a hit of his own. We see that he is able to stand strong body blows that would have felled a lesser man, a foreshadowing …
review by . October 25, 2009
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is doing some soul searching in Thailand and does some stick fighting on the side to keep in the game.  Word has it that John's old mentor Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) is being held hostage by those dastardly Spentaz soviet troops somewhere out in the wilds of Afghanistan.  But John is at peace with himself and tired of all the blood, maiming and killing.  Will he go out and rescue his only friend?  Why are those no good Russkies hold an old …
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And the hits just keep on coming. Sylvester Stallone, who can't seem to draw flies unless he's playing Rocky Balboa or John Rambo, went back to the Rambo well (or septic system, as it were) to show his well-known solidarity with the Afghan freedom fighters who battled the Soviet army in the 1980s. This time it's personal: his handler, Richard Crenna, is captured by the Evil Empire and so it's up to Rambo to leave his work in a monastery in Southeast Asia (oh, puh-leeze) in order to rescue him from the Ruskies. Ever wonder why the Russians had such a miserable time in Afghanistan? It was because Rambo took them on single-handed and kicked their hammer-and-sickle heinies all the way back to Moscow. Cartoonish action, taken ever so seriously by Stallone, who was working desperately to scrape away the unsightly wax buildup from his reputation.--Marshall Fine
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Director: Peter MacDonald
Release Date: May 25, 1988
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Live / Artisan
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