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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)


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The dark-horse box-office hit First Blood spawned this even more successful sequel in which Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role as ex-Green Beret loner John Rambo, is extricated from prison by his former superior Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) for a top-secret operation to bring back POWs still held in Vietnam. Teamed up with a female Vietnamese freedom fighter (Julia Nickson), Rambo embarks on a "reconnaissance" mission. A love interest develops in the beautiful young guide -- she dies by


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Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron

Aug 29, 2000

TriStar Pictures

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A thoroughly unpleasant project, quite apart from its creepy populist posturing (Stallone seemed determined to become the Huey Long of the movies).

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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The body count is rising, Sly's pecs are blowing up, and Rambo himself is becoming more of a brand-name than a character, a mascot for masochism and murderous self-assertion.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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To anyone who doesn't share the camera's adoration, this sort of behavior becomes so comic that Rambo turns into something of a camp classic.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Sly shoots up Vietnam in glorified '80s actioner.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
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What makes this icon so significant is how wholly he was embraced by the Reagan era. After all, it only seems natural to respond to B-movie action stars when your president was one as well.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Rambo's significant beefcake factor is so pronounced in First Blood: Part II that it practically begs to be taken as queer-baiting camp.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: UGO | Comments (3)

It's awesome

February 2, 2008

...precisely the sort of unapologetically brutal piece of work that's sorely missing from contemporary multiplexes.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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All in all, it's a pretty offensive movie, especially to the Americans who fought in Vietnam.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (5)
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Qualifies as a guilty pleasure, a good-bad 'B' movie.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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A "perfect" flick for the Reagan era: a simplistic, distorted comicstrip actioner that nonetheless must have tapped into the collective nightmare that some American soldiers were still held prisoners or were missing in action in Vietnam.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (3)

Far from credible, but a terrific, cheer-out-loud action film nevertheless. Immediately and deservedly made Stallone's John Rambo a great individualistic screen hero to rival Eastwood's Dirty Harry.

February 16, 2006

The one man demolition squad blasts away again!

May 31, 2005

Shouldn't this be called Second Blood?

August 13, 2003 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A fossilized abomination, thankfully relegated to the bygone decade which spawned it.

December 30, 2002 | Comments (2)
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The weakest of the Rambo trilogy, but still a fun film to watch if you're in the mood for explosions and Stallone at his muscle-bound grunting best.

September 27, 2002 | Comment (1)

Corny, sure, but a hell of a lot of fun...

September 17, 2002


May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
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It's the Bernie Goetz of Vietnam movies.

April 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Rambo: First Blood Part II

I love this sequel, and I don't say that often. Rambo is such an interesting action film character, and we get to know more about him now with this film. You must see it if you're a fan of the first. The story brings him into a much bigger situation as the first, the stakes are upped, and there are really extreme action sequences. Being put back into a warlike setting really suits this character well. We get to see all of his talents. And don't be afraid, this story isn't just action with no story. You can read the story here on the site. It's a rescue with revenge and love and anti-communism, all the great themes of the 80s. And I don't want to give away the end, but it is both sad and satisfying to the audience. I loved this movie.
May 13, 2014

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Far less dramatic than the first one, and with a level of subtlety so low it almost doesn't exist, but this film still has a good amount of heart to's just buried underneath a massive pile of bodies killed in a ridiculously over the top fashion. Even thought the film is light on character development, and strove to be more of a pure action film (one of the most influential and parodied in fact), it is still entertaining, even though it's really just ok, and not all that good (unbelievable and unrealistic action aside).

That's a shame too, because there could have been a lot of potential here for something on par with, if not better than the first. Shades of this can be seen throughout, and you can tell they had ideas for that sort of thing, but somewhere down the line something happened and they just instead went for the angle they did.

Like I said, it's not really that good, but it is entertaining, and tries to somewhat build on things, even though it mostly relies on silly machismo and mayhem.
November 28, 2012
Chris Weber

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I really did not care about anything that happened during this film, the script is bland and the story is just an excuse to put John Rambo in another action film. Sure, some of the action scenes are very impressive and had my jaw open, but good action doesn't suffice when I cringe at the dialogue and the over-the-top acting. This film had so many things going for it, because the first film was so great. I feel like the director of this film was full of himself in thinking that any script for a Rambo film would be good. Throughout the film we get a bit more development of John's character, but it was done perfectly in the first film that it just felt unnecessary here. This film really didn't need to be made, but since it exists I watched it for what it was and had a fun time; However, I will probably not be revisiting this one much.
June 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

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Sequel to the awesome First Blood, First Blood Part II revolves around John Rambo is sent into Vietnam to take pictures of a supposed abandoned POW camp. When he finds that the camp is still operational, he liberates a POW and subsequently gets betrayed by the men who hired him to get the job done. After this, he takes matters into his own hands and takes on half the Vietnamese army and a squad of Russian troops and attempts to rescue the other POWS's. First Blood Part II follows the events of the first film and the mission that Rambo goes on is a chance for him to get pardonned over the events of the first. First Blood Part II is a solid sequel that offers everything you'd expect from a Rambo film. Sure some aspects of the film are silly, but the key words you need to remember is »Rambo Film' ehen this is a Rambo film, you should expect something over the top. The film delivers the usual top notch action thrills with decent acting, but as usual it's not anything great. But what do you expect in the acting department of a Rambo flick. Though lacking in some aspects of the picture, the film more than makes up for it with it's action. Thats the reason why Rambo films are excellent, the nonstop action. The filmmakers know how to craft a solid actioner, even at times if it's not truly perfect, there are a lot of things going for this film that surpasses the low points. As far as action films are concerned, First Blood Part II delivers everything you'd expect and more. First Blood Part II is an underrated film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Sure it's totally different, but theres an interesting plot to keep you entertained. Even if the plot is average, the action is flawless and its what makes this film a blast to watch again and again.
May 10, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. John Rambo: To survive a war, you gotta become war.
    – Submitted by Dann M (13 months ago)
    1. Trautman: What you choose to call hell, he calls home.
    – Submitted by Dann M (13 months ago)
    1. John Rambo: Murdock...
    2. Trautman: He's here.
    3. Murdock: Rambo, this is Murdock, we're glad you're alive. Where the hell are you? Give us your position and we'll come to pick you up!
    4. John Rambo: Murdock... I'm coming to get you!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Murdock: Rambo it's good to hear you're alive, give us your coordinates and well get you out of there.
    2. John Rambo: Murdock, I'm coming for you.
    – Submitted by Taylor W (2 years ago)
    1. John Rambo: Sir, do we get to win this time?
    2. Trautman: This time it's up to you.
    – Submitted by David P (2 years ago)
    1. John Rambo: I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That's what I want!
    2. Trautman: How will you live, John?
    3. John Rambo: Day by day.
    – Submitted by Owen S (2 years ago)
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