Rambo III 1988

Rambo III

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Rambo III finds its justice-dispensing hero far from the thoughtful drama that marked the franchise's beginning -- and just as far from quality action thriller entertainment.

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Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) travels to Thailand, hoping to convince veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) to accompany him on a training mission in Afghanistan. When Rambo refuses, Trautman decides to go alone -- but, while trying to help the mujahideen, Trautman is captured by a ruthless Russian colonel (Marc de Jonge) who submits him to torture. Hearing the news, Rambo volunteers for a top secret undercover mission to rescue his longtime friend.

Cast & Crew

Richard Crenna
Colonel Samuel Trautman
Kurtwood Smith
Robert Griggs, Embassy Field Officer
Spiros Focas
Masoud
Sasson Gabai
Mousa Ghani
Doudi Shoua
Hamid, Rambo's guide
David Morrell
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Jerry Goldsmith
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John Stanier
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  • Sep 13, 2015
    However problematic the second one is, at least it was never this boring. An entirely perfunctory and unimaginative action film.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    John Rambo unleashes hell once more in Rambo III. After Col. Trautman is captured by the Soviets while running a covert mission in Afghanistan, Rambo comes to his rescue and kills anything that gets in his way. Unfortunately the film is extremely plot heavy, making for a rather boring adventure. Additionally, the action is pretty mindless, and has no intensity or excitement to it. Underwhelming and rather dull, Rambo III is a disappointing sequel that doesn't live up to its predecessors.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2012
    At first it was all about survival and misunderstanding, then it became about trying to help his own. Now, with this one, things get personal again...and all rather nutty and silly. Much like part 2, this one, while having a story, and a bit to do with character, is more about the over the top action than anything. That's all well and good on its own terms, but, with few exceptions, I feel that intense action is usually more effective if you actually care about the characters (truly), and they're really developed. Rmabo goes on a mission to rescue his mentor after he's MIA following a disastrous mission to aid Afghani rebels against invading Soviets. Yeah, this one was sorta timely, but just dealt with a potentially wonderful situation in the wrong way. Plus, it cracks me up how this movie tells the story of an event that would inadvertently come back to bite the U.S. in the ass about 13 years later. If all you want is primarily a big focus on ridiculously over the top action and violence, then go for it. I'd prefer a bit more substance, though will admit that I wasn't bored with this, just not as involved as I should have been.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Rambo 3. You had your moments. And we appreciate you trying to raise awareness for the poor people living in the middle east, fighting against those vile Russians. But...was there a story in here some place? No? Good. Let's just blow stuff up.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer

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