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used allusively from 1985, in reference to John Rambo, hero of David Morrell's novel "First Blood" (1972), popularized as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone in Hollywood movie version (1982), a U.S. Vietnam veteran, "macho and self-sufficient, and bent on violent retribution" [OED]. The family name is an old one in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, originally Swedish, sometimes said to represent Swedish place name Ramberget, or to be from French Huguenots who took refuge in Sweden.

Rambo (film series)

Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), and Rambo (2008).

Rambo (1987 video game)

Rambo (ランボー Rambo) is a side-scrolling action-adventure video game produced by Pack-In-Video and released in North America by Acclaim on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on December 4, 1987 in Japan, and May 1988 in North America. It is based on the film Rambo: First Blood Part II.


Rambo may refer to:

  • Rambo (film series), starring Sylvester Stallone, commonly named after the main character
    • John Rambo, main character from the Rambo film series, based on the novel First Blood by David Morrell
    • First Blood (1982), first of the series, also known as Rambo
    • Rambo: First Blood Part II, the 1985 film sequel to First Blood
    • Rambo III (1988), third of the series
    • Rambo (2008 film) (2008), fourth of the series
    • Rambo: The Force of Freedom, a 1986 animated series
    • Rambo (1985 video game), based on the film series
    • Rambo: First Blood Part II (Master System video game), (titled simply Rambo in-game), a 1986 video game
    • Rambo (Nintendo Entertainment System game), based on the film series
    • Rambo: The Video Game, a 2014 video game
  • John Rambo, character from TV series Guest House
  • Rambo, main character in the film Syndicate Sadists (1975), also known as Rambo's Revenge
  • Rambo (2012 film)
Rambo (1985 video game)

Rambo (also known as Rambo: First Blood Part II) is a 1985 video game based on the film Rambo: First Blood Part II. It was produced by Platinum Productions and published by Ocean Software for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64.

The Commodore 64 version's music is by Martin Galway, incorporating melodies from the film's score.

Several other games based on the film were also released, including Rambo for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Rambo: First Blood Part II for the Sega Master System.

Rambo (2008 film)

Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his famous role as Cold War/ Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the fourth and final installment in the Rambo franchise, twenty years since the previous film Rambo III. This film is dedicated to the memory of Richard Crenna, who played Col. Sam Trautman in the first three films, and who died of heart failure in 2003.

The film is about a former United States Army Special Forces soldier, John Rambo, who is hired by a church pastor to help rescue a group of missionaries who were kidnapped by men from a brutal Burmese military regime.

The film grossed $113,244,290 during its run at the international box office. After its home video release, it grossed $41,500,683 in DVD sales. The film had its cable television premiere on Spike TV on July 11, 2010. However, it was the extended cut that was broadcast, not the theatrical version. The extended cut was released on Blu-ray two weeks later.

Rambo (2012 film)

Rambo is a 2012 Kannada comedy film written and directed by M S Sreenath. It was produced by Atlanta Nagendra and Sharan. Sharan and Madhuri played the leading roles. This is the 100th film of actor Sharan; it was released in September 2012. Arjun Janya is the music director for the film.

Usage examples of "rambo".

The man was too awkward aiming, but he went instantly graceful when Rambo shot him, smoothly clutching his right shoulder, spinning easily, toppling perfectly over the bicycle next to the tool shed, and then he was awkward again as the bicycle gave way under him and the two jumbled to the ground in a tinny jangle of chain and spokes.

Morrell - Rambo 1 - First Blood Introduction In the summer of 1968, I was 25, a graduate student at Penn State University.

While Rambo represented the disaffected, I needed someone to embody the establishment.

There were many other facets to his character, and in each case, the intention was to make him as motivated and sympathetic as Rambo, because the viewpoints that divided America came from deep, well-meant convictions.

The final confrontation between Rambo and Teasle would show that in this microcosmic version of the Vietnam war and American attitudes about it, escalating force results in disaster.

Sometimes I compare the Rambo books and movies to trains that are similar but headed in different directions.

David Morrell PART ONE 1 His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky.

But then from just seeing him there ragged and dusty by the pump of the gas station, you could never have figured the kind of kid Rambo was, or what was about to make it all begin.

It stopped next to Rambo, its radio antenna swaying, and the policeman inside leaned across the front seat, opening the passenger door.

But Rambo just sipped his Coke, glanced up and down the street at the cars passing, looked down at the policeman in the cruiser, and stayed where he was.

But Rambo kept on studying him: the gray uniform, top button of his shirt open, tie loose, the front of his shirt soaked dark with sweat.

It was a surprise, not the standard police revolver but a semi-automatic pistol, and from the big handle Rambo decided it was a Browning 9 millimeter.

You have to be pretty large to get a grip on that big handle though, Rambo thought.

Left-handed, he took a cigarette from a pack in his shirt pocket, lit it, snapping the wood match he had used in half, then snickered, shaking his head in amusement as he walked over to the counter and smiled strangely down at Rambo on the stool.

He frowned at the dirty cotton bulging from a rip in the stool next to Rambo and sat reluctantly.