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Rambo (2008)

R | | Action | 25 January 2008 (USA)
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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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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... John Rambo
Julie Benz ... Sarah
Matthew Marsden ... School Boy
Graham McTavish ... Lewis
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Diaz (as Rey Gallegos)
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Reese
Tim Kang ... En-Joo
Maung Maung Khin Maung Maung Khin ... Tint
Paul Schulze ... Michael Burnett
Cameron Pearson ... Missionary #4 (Jeff)
Thomas Peterson Thomas Peterson ... Missionary #2 (Dentist)
Tony Skarberg Tony Skarberg ... Missionary #3 (Videographer)
James With ... Missionary #5 (Preacher) (as James Wearing Smith)
Kasikorn Niyompattana Kasikorn Niyompattana ... Snake Hunter #2
Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun ... Snake Hunter #1
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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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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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Heroes never die.... They just reload. See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Burmese | Thai

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo IV: End of Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,203,876, 27 January 2008

Gross USA:

$42,754,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,244,290
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (cut) (FSK 16 rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Plans for fourth Rambo film started while third film was still in production. According to interviews with Sylvester Stallone and some articles in action movie magazine Impact from between 1988 and 1992, he wrote the script titled Rambo 4: The Black Forest in which Rambo was working with Greenpeace fighting what Stallone said were "nature criminals".

Another rejected Rambo 4 script from early 90's which Stallone wrote was mentioned by him in interview for Starlog in November of 1993. Around that time he was working on new script which had Rambo returning to his home town and meeting his brother who is a town sheriff, but then Rambo gets kicked out because everyone in the town know about everything he did in Vietnam and previous three films. However Rambo returns once some escaped criminals his brother put to jail escape to kill him, and entire film would take place during large hurricane.

Some of the other rejected scripts for the fourth film written during the twenty years after the third film and before finally the fourth one did get made had Rambo fighting against right wing militia, white supremacy group, terrorists, international drug dealers, meth dealers, biker gangs, and cartels, human traffickers and sex slavers, the same type of villains he would battle in fifth film, Rambo: Last Blood (2019). See more »

Goofs

Sarah is handing supplies out to the villagers. She comes up to a little girl, with a package in her right hand. It goes to another camera angle, and the package is in her left hand. It cuts to a different camera angle, and the package is back in her right hand. 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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Alternate Versions

The 100-minute extended cut features the following additions and changes:
  • The main title card shows as 'John Rambo' and now appears across the screen.
  • At the beginning, Rambo traps the second snake followed by a new scene where the deckhands played with it on the boat.
  • While working on the metal for the new propeller, Sara visits him in an another attempt to persuade him to change his mind to take them upriver.
  • While upriver, Rambo and Sara's moments are longer, as both get to know one another better.
  • The bad guy who laid dying on Rambo's boat only has a bullet shot on the head. In the theatrical cut, there were multiple gunshots all over the body.
  • While passing the armor boat on the way back from Burma, Rambo takes out his knife in the hidden compartment.
  • After driving the armor boat to the shore, there is an additional scene where he burns it along with his knife.
  • During the village massacre by the regime, there were alternate shots of villages in cages and the hazing of the young boys.
  • When the pastor seeks Rambo's help, he was actually instructed to pray while Rambo forges his blade. Later, the pastor watches the mercenaries head downriver.
  • While escaping the military village, Rambo notices lacerations on Sara's feet and bandages them.
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Connections

Referenced in Meet the Spartans (2008) See more »

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The Weinstein Company Fanfare
Written and Performed by Nicole Weinstein
(used during the Weinstein Company logo)
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User Reviews

 
Return of the action movie as we know it
25 January 2008 | by mknezSee all my reviews

First of all, let me start by saying John Rambo is a masterpiece. They don't make them like this anymore. It is a return of the classic action movie of the 80's and 90's but with a touch of modern directing. Some will say it is gory, some will says it has no plot. But let's be honest, nobody wants a dramatic twist or a deeper meaning when they go to see Rambo! And even if you want to, you can still find it in traces. John Rambo is a killing machine but he is also a guy with strong moral values so if you are really looking for a message it is there to be seen. Other than that it is a full blooded action movie that will strap you to your seat for whole 95 minutes!


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