In honor of Friday's release of The Expendables, we're taking a week-long look at the action films of Sir Sylvester Stallone -- which is to say we're skipping his comedies. Out of respect.

Title: Rambo: First Blood Part II

Setting: Viet-freaking-Nam.

Our hero: John Rambo (Stallone), who is offered a reprieve from breaking prison rocks (even though he looks pretty damn good doing it) in exchange for infiltrating a Vietnamese camp rumored to have a number of imprisoned American soldiers.

Our villain/s: Vinh (George Cheung), a Vietnamese captain hell-bent on keeping his stash of POWs. Col. Podovsky (Steven Berkoff), a Russian officer who's happy to torture Rambo and the vets in order to convince the United States not to send in any more one-man armies to rescue their soldiers. Also – and maybe especially – there's Marshall Murdock (Charles Napier), a D.C. bureaucrat who recruits Rambo for service and then abandons him upon hearing he is successful. He is literally an embodiment of the short-term-memory ingratitude of the American public to Vietnam veterans.
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