John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return – the jungles of Vietnam.
Release Year: 1985
Rating: 6.0/10 (54,298 voted)
George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier
John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors.
Writers: David Morrell, Kevin Jarre
(as George Kee Cheung)
(as Vojo Goric)
They sent him on a mission and set him up to fail. But they made one mistake. They forgot they were dealing with Rambo.
Release Date: 22 May 1985
Filming Locations: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $25,520,843
(27 May 1985)
Did You Know?
During a conversation with Co (Julia Nickson), Rambo says '…I am expendable'. Twenty five years after the release of this film, Stallone directed an ensemble cast in a film titled 'The Expendables'.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
The Russian helicopter that Rambo captures is, in fact, a Bell UH-1N Twin Huey/B-212 which is used by the American forces, not the Russians. It could however have been captured by the Vietnamese from the Americans and repainted.
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First Blood and Rambo are completely different movies. They have same
two characters bu that is where the similarity ends. First Blood was a
tightly wound excellent action picture directed very well by Ted
Kotcheff. Rambo is an action extravaganza that is not to high on the
psychological element the way the first one was. They are both
excellent films but I find them entertaining for different reasons. One
of the reasons that I find Rambo so damn entertaining is because I
enjoy that Rambo is now larger than life. He is the ultimate fighting
machine who's only desire is to win a war that someone else lost, and
if winning means he has to die then he'll die, no fear, no regrets.
That is what makes Rambo the ultimate fighting machine and the ultimate
I love this movie. I love how far fetched it is. I love that Rambo can
withstand hours of torture and then have enough energy to escape into
the jungle and take on the whole Vietnemese and Russian army. That is
what makes this movie so damned entertaining. When I was 14, this was
my favourite movie, and it took a great many films and years before it
was dethroned. I think I can enjoy and appreciate movies like
Apocalypse Now and JFK better than when I was 14, but my love for Rambo
and films of its kind will never diminish. This movie is amazing from
start to finish.
Rambo's mission in this film is to go back to Vietnam and see if he can
find a certain camp that may be harbouring POW's. But if he finds these
men, he can only take pictures. He has a problem with that and when he
does find one he is left behind by the "stinkin bureaucrat" named
Murdoch who orders the mission aborted before Trautman can pick him up.
It is while Rambo is captured that the movie becomes tight, tense and
incredibly entertaining. Rambo is also fun to watch on a physical
level. Stallone was in the best shape of his life in 1985 as he
simultaneously made Rambo and Rocky IV. He is huge, ripped and strong
as hell in this movie and it is his psychical presence that adds to his
persona. He single handedly goes through a whole army and lives to go
get the bastards that left him behind. Rambo is one of the old school
feel good summer type movies.
Rambo does not claim to be JFK or Mississippi Burning in the sense that
it wants you to leave the theater with a message. It has its own
beliefs that is for certain, but what Rambo does just like Raiders does
is, it entertains. It has you rooting and cheering for Rambo and
dissing and swearing at the bad guys for 90 minutes. It is so much fun
that I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes to be
entertained. Leave your politics for some other movie, that is not what
Rambo is about. It is about being entertained and wearing your emotions
on your sleeve. That is what is beautiful about this movie. It doesn't
apologize for being a bit over the top. Neither should you, for
enjoying the film. It is a true wonder. A great piece of entertainment.