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
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 »
The photograph Col. Trautman is carrying with him at the start of the film is clearly a still of Rambo's later meeting with the gun shop owner as he goes to meet Mousa for the first time. See more »
The Film is dedicated to the Gallant People of Afghanistan See more »
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 »
Quite Over-the-Top but a Nice Continuation of the Rambo Series
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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