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With: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson, Martin Kove, George Cheung
Written by: Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron, based on a story by Kevin Jarre, and on characters created by David Morrell
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 96
Date: 05/22/1985
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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Winning This Time

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It's odd how badly these films have dated and how much they reflect the Reagan era. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) is appalling in many ways, but it also falls into that mysterious genre of "jungle" films and qualifies as a guilty pleasure, a good-bad "B" movie. While still laden with messages, this movie sets them aside long enough for Rambo to go tromping through the jungle and blowing up lots of stuff real good. Weirdly, James Cameron co-wrote the screenplay with Stallone, and the great Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes) served as cinematographer.

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