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Rambo III (1988)

Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan so Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the invading Russian forces.

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Nissem (as Alon Abutbul)
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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

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God would have mercy John Rambo won't! See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,745,418 (USA) (30 May 1988)

Gross:

$53,715,611 (USA)
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| (1988) (heavily cut) (VHS)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Peter MacDonald in the DVD commentary, at the time this movie was being filmed, the Russians were, in fact, invading Afghanistan just as depicted in this movie, however about four weeks prior to this movie's premiere, the Russians withdrew from Afghanistan, and were no longer at war with that country. MacDonald felt that this turn of events had hurt the movie's box office returns, because the idea of the Russians being the primary villains in this movie was no longer really believable. At the same time though, MacDonald was somewhat glad of the idea that the events of this movie may have helped to contribute to Russia's withdrawal from Afghanistan. See more »

Goofs

When Rambo is driving the tank at the end of the movie, he is driving and firing the main gun at the same time. The driver compartment is in the front of the tank hull, while loading and firing the main gun and machine gun requires someone in the turret. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Trautman: You expect sympathy? You started this damn war! Now you'll have to deal with it!
Zaysen: And we will. It is just a matter of time before we achieve a complete victory.
Colonel Trautman: Yeah, well, there won't be a victory! Every day, your war machines lose ground to a bunch of POORLY-armed, POORLY-equipped freedom fighters! The fact is that you underestimated your competition. If you'd studied your history, you'd know that these people have never given up to anyone. They'd rather DIE, than be slaves to an invading army...
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

THE BRIDGE
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Written by Tom Whitlock
Performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizullo
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Ignore the idiotic critics
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't really understand what the disappointment is all about? This movie falls under the genre of action and thats what it delivers from top to bottom. Were people perhaps expecting a drama? And people can also tell me how often do you get to see the Russians and spetsnaz special forces in realistic action? Sure they were vilified, mowed down easily by Rambo, mostly missed him but as the evil villains, they were highly effective in that role. Don't get me wrong, I've nothing but admiration for the Russian military. The main villain (Russian commander) was also a freaking brilliant actor. The movie did'nt use real Russian helicopter gunships, (they used French ones modified instead) but they were still effective. All in all, this is an utterly brilliant and unique film and I give it 10 stars. Best in the Rambo series.


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