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  • New Documentary: Afghanistan: Land In Crisis: An Indepth Look

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith, Spiros Focás
  • Directors: Peter MacDonald
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell, Sheldon Lettich
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Buzz Feitshans, Mario Kassar, Tony Munafo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Live, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640S3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gino Taglialucci on December 29, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
First of all this movie is not pro-Taliban or pro-Al Qaeda
many people on here hate on this movie because Rambo joins the "Taliban"... This is very laughable because those people were Mujahadeens if you didnt know there are 3 different ethnic groups in Afghanistan Tajiks(Who were in the movie) Hazaras(Mongoloid people) and Pashtoons(Talibans) these people in here assume that just because u are an afghan trying to defend ur country against the russians you are a "terrorist" or "taliban" its also funny because this movie was set in the 1980's Taliban wasnt even formed until the 1990's. JUST SHOWS HOW STUPID SOME PEOPLE ARE. AND HOW IGNORANT! SHAME ON YOU!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Waheed on December 14, 2001
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It seems America needs the help of John Rambo one more time as he treks out to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to save his friend. This movie is packed with action straight from the beginning until the end!
Starting off in the Orient where Rambo seeks to find inner peace by living with Buddhist monks and making some extra money by stick fighting locals. All is well until old pal, Col. Trautman and his CIA friend show up to persuade John to help them funnel arms to the Afghan freedom fighters, (who at the time were fighting the Red army). Rambo quickly declines the offer (Even after seeing some persuading pictures of maimed Afghan children) claiming his war is over.
Dissapointed, Col. Trautman leaves on a solo mission with a convoy of Afghan and American fighters to end up being caught by a ruthless Russian commander who tortures him, and Afghan men and women prisoners day and night.
Rambo learns of the news and now is forced to back to the war he didn't want to fight to save his friend. Along the way, he makes Afghan friends and saves the day by almost single handedly taking out a whole Russian battalion including Spetnaz commandos.
The story is straight out of a comic book, but this movie was made to please one market. Die-Hard Action fans like me who just love to see a one man army take on overwhelming odds, kick enormous butt, and live to tell about it.
On a Sidenote:
In the end of the movie, a message gives thanks to: "The Gallant People of Afghanistan." Which is the least the makers of this film could do since during the whole movie, Rambo is depicted as the man who turned the tide. Anyone who doesn't know yet, the Afghan/Russian war was solely fought with Afghan blood, but with our gold.
In ways Afghans and Rambo are alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Firli on August 14, 2002
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John Rambo is once again caught up in the world of War and death as he comes out of 'retirement' to rescue his long time friend Colonel Trautmen from the Russians in Afghanistan.
This explosive action movie brings back Sylvester Stallone as the grunting, no-smiles, super buff, near indestructible, one-man army guy, John Rambo. With a vast array of weaponry (some I'm sure he pulls out of nowhere), helicopter gunships, tanks, his trustee Rambo bowie knife, and funny one liners, he will win this war, even if he has to kill everyone to prove it. This is great for a high-action, no brainer night of fun with the mates. RECOMMENDED!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 17, 2003
Format: DVD
Having been betrayed by his government a couple of times too often, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) needed a better motive to leap back into action for "Rambo III." This is provided when Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) goes off to Afghanistan to help the Mujahedeen rebels fight the Soviet invaders only to be captured by Colonel Zaysen (Marc de Jonge). Rambo, who had refused to go with Trautman because he is in Thailand becoming a Buddhist, now heads for Afghanistan on an unauthorized rescue mission.
"Rambo III" has the formula down, which is a way of saying the plot is totally predictable and an excuse for a whole lot of explosions. Rambo is the most buffed up Buddhist the world has ever seen and I have a minor theory that he has the whole Sampson thing going with his hair getting longer in each movie. This 1988 film was not only the most expensive film ever made when it was released (a whopping $63 million in those pre-"Titanic" days), but made it into the "Guiness Book of World Records" as the most violent film ever made with a grand total of 221 acts of violence and over 108 deaths (it must be the former number that is important because a whole lot of nukes go off at the end of "Dr. Strangelove" and the entire planet exploded at the end of "Beneath the Planet of the Apes").

Once again, the political dimensions of a "Rambo" film came into play, with the series shifting to Afghanistan, which was being called the Soviet Union's Vietnam, a metaphor that actually turned out to be more than wishful thinking.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on June 27, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Whatever credibility Rambo once had in First Blood is totally gone in this film which is more like Cold War propaganda than anything else, which is probably why they chopped First Blood off the title and we're simply left with the Rambo bit. As a character he's a bit more talkative but still has the...(read more) same sadness in his eyes. And Stallone is absolutely HUGE. Yes, he's always been big but his figure in Rambo III is probably the biggest I've seen him. He could probably rip Arnie's head off.

Since walking off into the sunset in Part II, Rambo is now living in a monastery in Thailand and has found inner peace. But he still takes time out to batter people with sticks in cage fights to raise money for the Buddists. But the no-good Red Ruskie Soviets are causing havoc in Afghanistan and one particular Colonel is taking great pleasure in massacring whole villages.

Colonel Trautman and Robert Griggs (the ever-brilliant Kurtwood Smith) try to convince Rambo to come help them sort the Ruskies out. But Rambo is having done of it. He's done killing! He wants to raise a family.

So Trautman is left to go it alone and is captured. Griggs delivers this bad news to Rambo who makes up his mind to go on another killing spree. Which is entirely okay as long as he only kills the Ruskies right?

Once in Afghanistan, Rambo teams up the Muhujideen, learns of their many woes and agrees to fight the Ruskies with all his might. Even though he was going to do that anyway, but it's nice to have friends.

The rest of the film is no more than a succession of comic-book action scenes and shoot-em-up set pieces. It's brilliantly shot, seriously, it's some of the best cinematography I've seen in an action film. I never expected Rambo III to look so good!
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