Rambo: First Blood Part II

Corrected entry: When Rambo is being interrogated by the Russian he glares at the Russian, making eye contact, not answering his questions, and eventually antagonizing him by saying f*ck you. This is not the way US Special Forces are trained. Rambo should have avoided his gaze, repeated his name, rank, and social security number. The last thing anyone who has been through SERE training (survival, evasion, resistance, escape), let alone been a pow before, would do is antagonize their captors.


Correction: If you have seen all the Rambo films, you would realise that Rambo is a loose cannon who follows his own code. His mission here was to take photos, but he disregarded that. Rambo clearly isn't afraid of the Russian and is willing to test him, no matter the cost.

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: When Rambo is shooting the trucks on the bridge with explosive arrows, he only shoots the first and third trucks, yet in the next shot, all three are engulfed in flames. He never shot the middle truck and there wasn't enough time for the fire to spread.

Correction: Watch the film again. After the second explosion, you can see the middle truck catch fire. The flames did spread.

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: When Rambo flew the helicopter to save the other POWs, there are several scenes depicting him using the machine gun on the helicopter to shoot at the baddies. This is not possible as he was flying solo and therefore can't possibly reach the machine gun which was at the back of the helicopter.

Correction: No, but there are two machine guns on the chopper - one M60 (that requires a separate door gunner), and one M134 Gatling minigun, which is a helicopter-mounted weapon fired by the pilot. All shots of the gun Rambo uses to sweep the camp show the rotating barrels of the Gatling.


Corrected entry: At the end of the film, Trautman remarks to Rambo: "You'll get second Medal of Honor for this." Congress passed a referendum in 1919 stating that nobody can receive the Medal of Honor more than once (and nobody has since World War I). Someone like Trautman would never make a mistake like that regarding military protocol.

Correction: Trautman's promise for a second Medal of Honor was simply a "job well done" comment after Rambo performed such an exemplary job. Also, with Rambo's actions and nature he could easily receive the authority to get a second Medal of Honor regardless of the limit being one.

Corrected entry: In the trailer for the movie, it is stated that Rambo joined the military on June 6, 1969. However, when Murdoc meets Rambo at the onset of the film and is reading over his credentials, he states that Rambo joined the service August 6, 1964.

Correction: Disrepancies between movie trailers and the film itself are not film mistakes.

Corrected entry: There is an American M60 on the side of a Russian chopper

Correction: No, the chopper you're referring to is an American Bell UH1D, that apparently had been captured during the war. It is not out of place that the American weapons are still mounted on it.


Corrected entry: When Rambo is packing his explosive arrowheads notice he only packs four in his case, yet he fires five.

Correction: We never see the entire packing and preparations Rambo does, it is all part of a montage of small second-long shots. Just because we only get to see one pack of detonator heads, it does not necessarily mean he packs just the one.


Corrected entry: At the end, when Rambo goes to shoot up the headquarters, he wraps the belt around his wrist. That's a big no-no, because the belt can get caught between the rounds where it overlaps and stop feeding right, and also because the links can take off bits of skin. I found out both the hard way ;).

Correction: "Can" doesn't make this a mistake. The character made the choice and in this instance lucked out.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

Corrected entry: Rambo is an ex-Green Beret. Real professionals know better than to shoot from the hip.

Correction: Considering Rambo has horrific memories of being tortured by the Vietnamese when he was a POW and the fact that he goes on a full on rampage means that he might not necessarily do everything "by the book". Also, as an ex-Green Beret, where he was one of the best, we can safely assume that he has the ability to successfully shoot from the hip.

Corrected entry: Rambo's exploding arrowheads are only large enough to hold a couple of ounces of explosive. This is not nearly enough to cause the damage they do.

Correction: This is explained in the novelization of the film. The arrows themselves are hollow, and filled with high-power plastic explosives. The arrowheads are simply the detonator.


Corrected entry: The helicopter used by Rambo in the rescue isn't Russian. It is a normal Bell UH1D helicopter as used by the US Army during the Vietnam war. Since this helicopter was designed to fly for a max of 100 hours, it never could have been maintained or fixed until Rambo's arrival. Very strange that the Russians or Vietnamese operate with US material...

Correction: Not strange at all. It is possible, however unlikely, that spare parts could be obtained on the international aerospace market or even the "black market". Iran is a prime example of this.

Corrected entry: Has anyone noticed how Rambo can take out 5 men 100ft away with 5 bullets by holding the gun at his torso while not even aiming through the crosshairs? How can he snipe without even trying?

Correction: If you practice you can snipe from any position. I can shoot without aiming very well.

Continuity mistake: In the end of the film after Rambo blows up the Russian helicopter, there is a hole in the front window through which Rambo shoots the rocket. In the next few scenes we see Rambo's helicopter and the hole in the window is gone, then it's back again, then it's gone, then it's back again when he lands.

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Trautman: Good luck, son.
Rambo: Murdock said he was with 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines at Kon Tum in '66.
Trautman: Yeah.
Rambo: The 2nd Battalion was at Kud Sank. You're the only one I trust.

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Trivia: This is the only Rambo movie to be nominated for an Academy Award.

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Question: How come in First Blood, Rambo went out of his way to subdue his enemies non-lethally like Batman, but in the sequels he just killed everyone?


Chosen answer: Probably because the first film is set in the United States, and Rambo's opponents are non-military, but the sequels are set in Asia and the opponents are "foreign" (mostly Soviet) soldiers.

Sierra1 Premium member

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