Cult Cinema Cavalcade
Rambo vs Commando
Sep 30, 2019 · 1 hr 26 min
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With Rambo: Last Blood hitting theaters and another Terminator on the way in a a few weeks, we’ve decided to see which of these 80s action titans groundbreaking action films is king!

Episode Guest: Troy Brownfield

Staff Writer/Reporter at the Saturday Evening Post

Troy Brownfield is a staff writer at The Saturday Evening Post. He has an extensive background as a pop culture and entertainment writer for a variety of websites and magazines. Troy also writes comic books professionally, including turns on characters like Batman and Buck Rogers. He has two degrees in English and writing from Indiana State University.

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Movie Info: Rambo First Blood Pt. II

Synopsis: John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is doing hard time in jail when his former boss, Col. Troutman (Richard Crenna), offers him a deal. If Rambo travels to Vietnam to try to find the American prisoners of war, his criminal record will be expunged. Rambo takes the reconnaissance assignment and agrees not to get involved in any of the action. However, when his Vietnamese lover, Co Bao (Julia Nickson), is killed by American forces, Rambo forgets his promise and takes matters into his own hands.

Release date: May 22, 1985

Box office: 300.4 million

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Music by: Jerry Goldsmith

Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron

Produced By: Andrew G. Vajna, Mario Kassar, Buzz Feitshans, Mel Dellar

Movie Poster: Rambo First Blood Pt. II

Movie Info: Commando

Synopsis: Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter.

Release date: May 22, 1985

Box office: 57.5 Million

Director: Mark L. Lester

Music by: James Horner

Screenplay: Steven E. de Souza

Produced By: Joel Silver, Stephanie Brody, Robert Kosberg, Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman

Movie Poster: Commando

Movie Winner: Commando

"[Rambo] A better film from top to bottom. A really well made action movie."

Troy Brownfield

"Commando is just endlessly entertaining and ridiculous. Better re-watchability."


"First Blood Pt. II is the better film but Commando's so fun. It's a blast, it moves, it's funny."

Brandon Peters
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