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Top 5 quotes from the Rambo franchise

It's Rambo Day, which means it's a day we celebrate all things Rambo. And no, we didn't make that up. It's a real thing, and part of the lead in to Rambo: Last Blood coming out on Friday.

We were going to celebrate by doing a Top 5 favourite Rambo kills, but the fine folks at Arrow in the Head already did something like that, so I figured why not share our favourite Rambo quotes. I like quotes. Quotes are good.

Anyway, here we go with our Top 5, in no particular order:

5) "They drew first blood." - John Rambo, First Blood (1982)

Because it's always cool when the hero references the title of the movie in a quote.

4) "Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call." - John Rambo, Rambo (2008)

Because it's 100-per-cent truth, and is the exclamation mark on a great monologue by Stallone.

3) "I could have killed 'em all. I could kill you. In town, you're the law. Out here, it's me. Don't push it, or I'll give you a wa…
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Check this out:


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Maybe not the hot-girl-turning-up-dead part, but you know what I mean...

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Sad face is sad.

But I will bloody well see it eventually! Until I do, I have this wonderful red-band teaser to satiate my bloodlust. Any concerns I had about this one not living up to the beautiful carnage of the 2008 film have been put to rest. Rambo is back, and things will get bloody!

Take a look:



What more can I say? Sylvester Stallone delivers on what he promises. What say you? You excited for Rambo: Last Blood? It comes out Friday, you know...

Source: IGN

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