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Rehabilitating Rambo

On the 30th anniversary of the Rambo films, it's time to give their hero the credit he deserves

By Lindsay Johns  

Is Rambo the perfect hero for our troubled times? (image: Binder.donedat)

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the first celluloid outing of the most famous human war machine in the Western popular consciousness. As immortalised by Sylvester Stallone in the 1982, epoch-defining film First Blood, it is exactly 30 years since legendary Vietnam vet and Green Beret John Rambo burst onto our screens with his trademark headband, serrated hunting knife and laconic dialogue.

I am a massive Rambo fan. I was 12 in 1988 when Rambo III was released and vividly remember watching…

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