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Rambo (2008)

In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

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Missionary #5 (Preacher) (as James Wearing Smith)
Kasikorn Niyompattana ...
Snake Hunter #2
Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun ...
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Storyline

Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic ... Written by stallonezone.com / Drew Lahat

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Live for nothing, or die for something. See more »

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Action | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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25 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,203,876, 27 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,754,105, 27 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,244,290
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During its long development process, this film went through a few different story premises. One unproduced script featured Rambo living a quiet life with wife and child, until white supremacists kidnap his family. Another found Rambo trying to stop a hostage situation at the United Nations, where he is working as a diplomat, when terrorists (including Rambo's adopted son) take control of the UN headquarters in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Rambo kills the gunner on the jeep-mounted machine gun, and takes over the weapon, the first thing he does is lower the barrel and blow away the soldiers in the forward seat. This would not be possible. In order to prevent this from happening accidentally in the heat of combat, the gimbal on which the gun is mounted would have a built-in mechanical stop, which would prevent the gunner from lowering the barrel far enough to kill his own crew. This safeguard was applied on WWII bombers, to keep the side and turret gunners from shooting into the wings and engines of their own planes. See more »

Quotes

John Rambo: [alternate line from Director's Cut] You're not going anywhere. And there isn't one of us that doesn't want to be someplace else. But this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

The Wishing Well
Written and Performed by Jake La Botz
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Under the Well Music (BMI)
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Rambo is back and better than ever!
22 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at an advance screening in Oslo, and going in, I didn't expect it to be any more than a cheesy and somewhat gory tribute to eighties actioners by a star/director/producer/writer who was desperate to relive past glory. That latter may or may not be true, but my former assessment was plain wrong. This movie is authentic, shocking and unlike any other comparable movie.

Given its genre, the movie is a masterpiece. The story is simple but solid, and works on several levels. The action scenes are unparalleled, more intense than "Black Hawk Down", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Stalingrad" put together. The level of brutality and gore will shock and fascinate, and no doubt cause some level of controversy.

Stallone proves himself to be an excellent director, as well as in excellent shape for his age. I had little faith in him going in, and I stand corrected.

This is a Rambo who has come to terms with who and what he is, in a movie that holds up when compared with the original "First Blood". Well done, Sly. Well done indeed.


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