The film character John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, became an icon in the United States during the 1980s. A former Green Beret, Rambo's manly assertiveness represented the conservatism and aggressive global interventionism of the Reagan era, as well as a widespread rejection of the liberal policies of the 1960s and 1970s.

Rambo first appeared in 1972 as the main character in First Blood, a novel by the Canadian-American writer David Morrell. The film version of the novel, directed by Ted Kotcheff, was released in 1982 and was followed by two sequels: Rambo: First Blood II (1985), directed by George Pan Cosmatos; and Rambo III (1988), directed by Peter MacDonald. Rambo successfully fights bland politicians and smug bureaucrats in the United States (First Blood) and the ...

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