Rambo III

Year: 1988
Production Co: Carolco Pictures
Director: Peter Macdonald
Writer: Sylvester Stallone/Sheldon Lettich
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith

One of the first round of sequels in Hollywood's new infatuation with cash-ins that characterised the 80s movie landscape, and so one of the first films which could be reviewed as 'more of the same'.

John Rambo, a character who had something to say in the beginning of the series (even more so in Morrell's novel), has degenerated into a quasi/superhuman Action Man who can fire more weapons at once than most grown men could even carry, let alone do it all in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. He gives Hollywood the same sort of anti-red material he later would with Rocky IV by rescuing his commander (Crenna) from a commie prison fortress.

Perfect for fifteen-year-old male action film fans, a solid dollop of blinkered pro-Americanism, shocking dialogue and cornball story for anyone critical.

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