Rambo Movies

by Mike_W

Everything you need to know about the Rambo movies, the cultural phenomenon starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo.

John Rambo, a name synonymous with action, smashed his way into the American psyche in the 1982 movie 'First Blood'. Since then he has featured in three more films, the last being 2008's Rambo.

This page features the highs and lows of Rambo films, including the best Rambo quotes, Rambo walking away while credits roll scenes, merchandise and reviews as well as a Rambo self-help guide.

Rambo Movies
Rambo Box Set (First Blood / Rambo: First Blood Part II / Rambo III ) [Blu-ray]

Box set includes: First BloodHe never fought a battle he couldn't win--except the conflict raging within his own soul.Academy Award-nominee Sylvester Stallone stars as war hero ...

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Rambo - The Complete Collector's Set (First Blood - Ultimate Edition / Rambo - First Blood Part I...

For over 25 years, Sylvester Stallone's "mythic commando" Rambo (Variety) has thrilled audiences worldwide. From "ragged and flashy" First Blood (The New York Times) to the "sho...

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First Blood (1982)

This time he's fighting for his life

Inspired by the 1972 novel by David Morrell, First Blood tells the story of a Vietnam vet trying to return to society. His run in with a local sheriff escalates into an arrest, escape, then a full scale man hunt. However, in this man hunt it is the escapee hunting the captors.

Colonel Trautman, Rambo’s commanding officer in Vietnam shows up, not to rescue Rambo from the police, but to rescue them from him. Turns out Rambo is an "expert in guerrilla warfare, "a man who’s the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period!"

If Sheriff Teasle is planning on taking a hundred men to take on Rambo, he better not forget a good supply of body bags.

First Blood Movie Poster

First Blood Movie Poster
First Blood Movie Poster

First Blood Trailer

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

They sent him on a mission and set him up to fail. But they made one mistake. They forgot they were dealing with Rambo

Rambo: First Blood Part IIAfter his discretions in First Blood, John Rambo is doing time, working in a Labor Camp. Colonel Trautman shows up with an offer he can’t refuse: a Presidential pardon and a chance to help POWs still captive in Vietnam.

Marshal Murdock is in charge of the operation and informs Rambo that he is to document POW existence, but not to engage the enemy.

This is a promise Rambo clearly has no intention of keeping. With the help of native girl named Co-Bao, Rambo infiltrates the prison camp and frees one of the hostages, only for Murdock to renege on his promise of extraction. Rambo is captured by the Vietnamese and the Soviet Army, who are working together.

Time for Rambo to do what he does best…

First Blood Part II Trailer

Rambo III

Rambo III (1988)

The first time was for himself. The second time was for his country. This time, it's for his friend.

Rambo is kicking back in Thailand, helping to build a Buddhist temple and enjoying the odd stick fighting match for money.

Colonel Trautman shows up to try and enlist Rambo’s help in a mission to supply weapons to Afghan rebels who are fighting the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan War. The Afghan civilians are suffering under the Soviet military. Rambo refuses, however, saying he has put in his time. Trautman decides to continue on the mission without Rambo. Trautman and his men are captured by the Soviets.

Once again, it’s time for Rambo to do what he does best…

Rambo III Trailer

Rambo (2008)

You know what you are. What you're made of. War is in your blood. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing.

Rambo (2008) Movie PosterIt’s 2008 and Rambo is still kicking it in Thailand, in a village near the Burmese border. He spends him time catching snakes to sell to the village, fishing with his bow and arrow, and doing repairs on his boat. A group of missionaries approach him to take them into Burma on his boat. They want to give aid to a tribe who are suffering greatly under the Burmese military. Rambo refuses, knowing the mission is hopeless. However, he is convinced to take them by Sarah, one of the missionaries. Rambo takes them up river to drop them off, stopping briefly to kill some pirates on the way.

However, two missionaries get killed and the rest captures. Rambo finds this out when mercenaries show up to go in and rescue the missionaries.

One last time, it’s time for Rambo to do what he does best…

Rambo Trailer

Preview the Rambo First Blood Part II Soundtrack

Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 Soundtrack, Expanded Edition

In 1999 an extended sound track for Rambo FIrst Blood Part II was released with 21 tracks. A link to the album is available on the left as well as links to the movie soundtracks for First Blood and Rambo III

First Blood, Part 2, Expanded Edition Track Listing:
Track 1. Main Title (2:14)
Track 2. The Map (1:09)
Track 3. Preparations (1:18)
Track 4. The Jump (3:19)
Track 5. The Snake (1:49)
Track 6. The Pirates (1:29)
Track 7. Stories (3:27)
Track 8. The Camp/Forced Entry (2:24)
Track 9. The Cage (3:57)
Track 10. River Crash/The Gunboat (3:37)
Track 11. Betrayed (4:24)
Track 12. Bring Him Up/The Eyes (2:06)
Track 13. Escape From Torture (3:41)
Track 14. Ambush (2:47)
Track 15. Revenge (6:16)
Track 16. Bowed Down (1:06)
Track 17. Pilot Over (1:54)
Track 18. Village Raid/Helicopter Fight (4:55)
Track 19. Home Flight (3:02)
Track 20. Day By Day (2:08)
Track 21. Peace In Our Life - Frank Stallone (3:19)

Rambo Soundtracks

Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, Expanded Edition


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Rambo III -Complete-

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First Blood

2-CD world premiere of complete Jerry Goldsmith 1982 soundtrack for megahit Ted Kotcheff action movie where Sylvester Stallone first introduces iconic Rambo character to moviego...

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Rambo - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Composer Brian Tyler (Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem, War) is known for creating compelling music for action films. For Rambo the music is no less intense, but there is also a po...

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Colonel Trautman on... John Rambo

From the man who knows him best

In First Blood:
“You don’t seem to want to accept the fact you’re dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who’s the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Win by attrition. Well Rambo was the best.”

In First Blood Part II:
“Pressure? Let me just say that Rambo is the best combat vet I’ve ever seen. A pure fighting machine with only a desire – to win a war that someone else lost. And if winning means he has to die – he’ll die. No fear, no regrets. And one more thing, what you choose to call hell, he calls home.”

In Rambo III
“God would have mercy. He won’t.”

Rambo Thinking
Rambo Fishing Bow and Arrow

John Rambo Quotes

Insights from John Rambo

First Blood:
Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! It wasn’t my war! You asked me, I didn’t ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn’t let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me? Who are they? Unless they’ve been me and been there and know what the hell they’re yelling about!"

First Blood Part II:
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!"

Rambo III:
Swapped insight for witty one liners:

Colonel Trautman:What do we do?
Well, surrounding them’s out of the question

What’s that?
It’s a blue light.
What does it do?
It turns blue.

Colonel Trautman:That was close John. How are you?
Well done.(after swinging through fire)

Zaysen:Who are you?
Rambo:Your worst nightmare.

"You know what you are… what you’re made of. War is in your blood. Don’t fight it. You didn’t kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God’s never gonna make that go away. When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing."

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Rambo Self Help

In two movies of the series, Rambo perfoms some pretty intensive battlefield surgery… on himself. Fortunately, as we find out in Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo cross trained as a Medic.

In First Blood Rambo falls through a big pine tree and cuts his arm. Rambo uses some thread from a canvas sack and stiches himself up.

In Rambo III Rambo receives wood shrapnel in the side, it goes right through. After finding safety in a cave he pushes the wood through and out the front. He then empties gun powder from a bullet into the hole and lights it, sealing the wound.

Rambo Surgery
Rambo Surgery

Rambo Collectables

Rambo Final Shots

Rambo walks off into the distance...
Rambo walks off into the distance...

Walking off into the distance

Rambo likes to walk away at the end of his films, preferably into the distance, and ideally while the credits roll up. This is the best way to portray a man who is always wandering; never feeling like he belongs.

In First Blood he is taken away in hand cuffs. Him and the guards walk into the distance, although the camera settles on a close up of him before rolling the credits.

In Rambo: First Blood Part II he walks off shirtless into the wilderness. Credits roll.

In Rambo III he and Colonel Trautman drive off, but the camera settles on the Afghan fighters riding their horses off into the distance while the credits roll.

At the end of Rambo, John Rambo walks up the really long driveway to his Dad’s house. The credits roll one last time.

Rambo in other Media

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Updated: 06/08/2014, Mike_W
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