The name Rambo came about when Morrell's wife brought in some apples for the author, at the time he was struggling to find a name for his character... the apples were a rare variety named "Rambo"! This seemed to fit perfectly and a modern day movie legend was born.
Steve McQueen was originally in line for the role of Rambo. The charismatic icon was attracted to the script, in particular, the anti-establishment virtues of the picture and the motorcycle chase sequence which appealed to his sense of freedom (a la The Great Escape).
Contributed by: Neil Pike
The First actor to be seriously considered for the role of Rambo was Al Pacino, but he lost interest when the intensity of the book was toned down. I believe that Gene Hackman
was also considered.
Contributed by: Kenneth Sutton
Kirk Douglas was originally cast as Colonel Trautman but backed out a few days before filming began when his character couldn't "kill" off Rambo as was originally scripted. Rock Hudson was also considered for the role of Colonel Trautman, but was tied up with his short-lived series "The Devlin Connection".
Contributed by: Graham Hawkins
The dogs in the manhunt scene, were kenneled at a house in Hope that was ruined while the dogs were there, and had to be torn down, after being condemned by housing authorities after the filming was done. The house was paid for from the movie budget, but was still a black mark on Hollywood from the locals point of view.
Contributed by: Manuel Soto
Stallone originally thought of this as a buddy movie! None other than John Travolta
was suppose to play buddy from 'Nam in the original script.
In the scene where Rambo falls through the trees, Stallone's look of pain is real, he cracked about six ribs doing that fall!
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: 80'sRocked
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, and the cashiers hassle him, first not serving him, then charging him for condiments. Finally he just leaves.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: 80'sRocked
The USA network version has a few scenes cut from the original including: 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.