This page is about the 20th Century cinema film releases of the Rambo franchise. Cinema release dates courtesy IMDb*. Source of information, pictures etc is Wikipedia* unless stated otherwise.

First Blood (1982) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Rambo III (1988)

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First Blood (1982)
FIRST BLOOD (1982)
US release October 22, 1982 UK release December 16, 1982

This time he’s fighting for his life.

First Blood is an American action film co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who must rely on his combat and survival senses against the abusive law enforcement of a small town. It is based on David Morrell’s 1972 novel of the same name and is the first instalment of the Rambo series.

Despite initial mixed reviews, the film was a box office success. Since its release, First Blood has received reappraisal from critics, with many recognising it as an influential film in the action genre. The film’s success spawned a franchise, consisting of three sequels (all of which were co-written by and starred Stallone), an animated series, comic books, novels, and a Bollywood remake.

Notable Cast & Crew

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Sylvester Stallone (1946-), “John J Rambo”

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Richard Crenna (1926-2003), “Col Sam Trautman”

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Brian Dennehy (1938-), “Sheriff Will Teasle”

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David Caruso (1956-), “Mitch”

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Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), music

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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)
US release May 22, 1985 UK release August 30, 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 II is an American action film starring Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the sequel to the 1982 film First Blood, and the second instalment in the Rambo film series. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue; it sees Rambo released from prison by federal order to document the possible existence of POWs in Vietnam, under the belief that he will find nothing, thus enabling the government to sweep the issue under the rug.

Despite negative reviews, First Blood Part II was a major worldwide box office blockbuster. It has become the most recognised and memorable instalment in the series, having inspired countless parodies, video games, and imitations.

Notable Cast & Crew

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Sylvester Stallone (1946-), “John J Rambo”

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Richard Crenna (1926-2003), “Col Sam Trautman”

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Charles Napier (1936-2011), “Marshall Murdock”

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Steven Berkoff (1937-), “Lt. Col. Podovsky”

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Martin Kove (1946-), “Ericson”

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“Suggs” (1961-), himself

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Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), music

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Rambo III (1988)
RAMBO III (1988)
US release May 25, 1988 UK release August 26, 1988

The first was for himself. The second for his country.

This time it’s to save his friend.

Rambo III is an American action adventure film that depicts fictional events during the Soviet–Afghan War. It is the third film in the Rambo series following First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II. In the film, John Rambo sets out in a dangerous journey to Afghanistan in order to rescue his former military commander and his longtime best friend Col. Trautman from the hands of an extremely powerful and ruthless Soviet military general who is bent on killing both Trautman and Rambo, and to conquer Afghanistan for the Soviet armies.
Notable Cast & Crew

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Sylvester Stallone (1946-), “John J Rambo”

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Richard Crenna (1926-2003), “Col Sam Trautman”

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Kurtwood Smith (1943-), “Robert Griggs”

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Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), music

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