There were three Rambo
movies released in the 1980's, and another in 2008
(Rambo). First Blood was released in 1982, Rambo:
First Blood Part II in 1985, and Rambo III in 1988.
All of the movies starred Sylvester Stallone as John
Rambo, a troubled Vietnam Vet and former Green Beret.
In our opinion, the first movie was by far the best, and
it was a success with critics as well. Although
all of the movies were financially successful when
including international sales, only the first two made
money in the United States and none of the others were
hits with critics. It is worth noting that there
were talks of a Rambo V and a Rambo TV series possibly
to be released some time in the 2010's.
In the first movie, Rambo returns to the
USA and has a bit of trouble settling into civilian
life. After 10 years as a drifter, he decides to
travel to a small town in Washington state to meet up
with an old friend, only to find that friend had died.
After walking into town to possibly find a meal or a
job, he is confronted by the local police who consider
him a vagrant and do not want him in the town. He
refuses to leave based on his right to be there, so they
cops shake him down.
During the confrontation with police, his
battle instincts are awakened, and he fights his way out
and runs to the mountains. He skillfully deals
with all attempts to capture him by the police and the
national guard. The authority brings in his old
commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman, to try to
talk Rambo down from the mountain. The authorities
refuse, and Rambo goes about the business of blowing the
second movie, after having spent a number of years in
prison for the mess he made in Washington, Trautman
enlists Rambo to travel back to Vietnam to look for
POWs. He finds them, and the movie is dedicated to
his effort to rescue himself and the POWs. For
this efforts, he is granted a pardon, and he decides to
remain in Thailand.
In the third movie,
Trautman enlists Stallone's help in supplying arms to
the Mujahedeen, a group of Afghan freedom fighters
fighting the Soviet Union. Rambo does not want to
help, but when his old buddy Trautman is captured by the
Russians, he sets out to set the record straight, and
set it he does.