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YMMV / Rambo: First Blood Part II

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  • Critic-Proof: Was savaged by most critics on release (currently holding a rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes) and came close to sweeping the Razzie awards that year, winning 5 of them. Nevertheless, the film made $300 million worldwide, and broke multiple international box office records.
  • Director Displacement: James Cameron co-wrote the script, but he didn't direct it. He later claimed that he wrote the action, while Sylvester Stallone wrote the politics.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This line:
    Co: Rambo! You're not expendable.
    • At one point in production, after Co gets shot, it was planned on having Rambo scream No in anguish before being cut, feeling it would be Narmy. Whoever decided this must have felt vindicated when Revenge of the Sith had a similar moment.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "nuclear-tipped arrows".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Murdock crosses it when he orders the mission aborted and convinces Erickson to threaten Colonel Trautman with a shotgun if he has him press any further with his chopper.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The menacing hissing noise made by a readily armed nuclear tipped arrow.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Rambo's final speech near the end of the film, where he more or less speaks directly to the audience and demand that America acknowledge and love it's vets, much like they love/loved their country. Its incredibly on the nose and not the least bit subtle, but Rambo's unironic line delivery combined with actor Stallone's genuine conviction manage to make it work. In fact it appears that Sly Stallone was aware that his speech might come across as hammy but decided to include it anyway. He explains it best with this excerpt taken from an interview:
    Stallone: I realize his speech at the end may have caused millions of viewers to burst veins in their eyeballs by rolling them excessively, but the sentiment stated was conveyed to me by many veterans.
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  • Special Effects Failure: During the ending sequence where the damaged chopper full of POWs is coming in to land, several side-shots are shown and you can very clearly see the exhaust port of the smoke generator used to create the illusion of damage.


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