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The following is an overview of the alterations made to the Rambo series of films when aired on broadcast television. Currently, Trifecta Entertainment & Media handles television rights.

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First Blood

The first Rambo film, First Blood[1] (1982), made its broadcast television debut on NBC in 1985, which edited three minutes from the film. What' been specifically omitted is Rambo's stitching of his arm wound. In its place a brief scene of him checking the ammunition on Galt's rifle is added.

While not necessarily in the NBC version, some television versions are said to include a scene in the beginning of the movie where Rambo enters a town diner to buy some takeout. From there, the cashiers hassle him, first not serving him, then charging him for condiments. Finally he just leaves.

Meanwhile, the USA Network version includes scenes cut from the original, theatrical version. This includes the following:

  • A scene after the posse is injured, paramedics putting the posse in ambulances, and Galt's body into a helicopter, just as Kern arrives
  • An extended conversation between Trautman and Teasle about Rambo taking out his posse
  • A second extended conversation about the capture of Rambo
  • A scene where Teasle and Trautman land at the spot where Rambo is "killed". Shortly after, Teasle is congraulated for "killing" Rambo.

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo: First Blood Part II[2] (1985) made its broadcast television debut on NBC in 1988. In a television version, there is footage (not seen in the theatrical version) of Rambo parachuting into the jungle after he cuts himself loose from the airplane. This footage couldn't be found on any of the early DVD releases. However, this scene is visible in the current DVD release.

Rambo III

Rambo III[3] (1988) made its broadcast television debut on ABC in 1991.

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