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Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - title

Rambo the follow-on to First Blood, also called Rambo II, directed by George P. Cosmatos in 1985.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - Stallone

Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is in a hard labour prison when his army commander Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) offers him a chance of a pardon if he helps find out if there are still American POWs being held in Vietnam.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - boat journey

Rambo accepts and is soon travelling to Vietnam.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - abandoned

He discovers POWs and takes one prisoner back to the extraction point, but the extraction helicopter is ordered back and Rambo is captured.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II

Rambo is badly treated by the Vietnamese guards, but things get worse when the Russian Lieutenant Colonel Sergei T. Podovsky (Berkoff) arrives.  Podovsky tortures Rambo but does not become any wiser. Berkoff says "I waited for my moment of triumph in the film but it was not to be...The director wasn't too fond of me but I did what I could with the role".

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - Berkoff and Stallone

In Overview Berkoff´s description of a torture scene with Stallone is superb sarcasm about Stallone "Slide my knife across Sly´s stomach again and he pulls back sharply...oh my God! I've made contact with real flesh...I prise the horror off, and behold, his flesh is intact and firm. He is acting! It certainly gives me a scare". 

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - Julia Nickson

Rambo escapes, with the help of a Vietnamese resistance fighter Co Phuong Bao (Julia Nickson) but as their relationship deepens she is killed by Vietnamese guards.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - Sylvester Stallone

In true Rambo style he captures a helicopter, shoots up the camp, and takes the remaining POWs in the helicopter, but when it seems they may be safe, Podovsky turns up in a helicopter gunship.

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - helicopter

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - pilot 

Stallone and James Cameron are co-writers.  Stallone's brother Frank wrote the (forgettable) song Peace in Our Life. Director of Photography is veteran Jack Cardiff who has worked with Powell-Pressburger and David Lean

Steven Berkoff - Rambo First Blood Part II - credit

Berkoff´s play Acapulco is based on his experience of the filming.

All images from the DVD of the film.





Revolution Revolution

Al Pacino is the star, Annie Lennox another of the minor roles in a commercial failure about the American Civil war. But the film has genuine emotion and depth.  Berkoff plays Sgt Jones who recruits Al Pacino to the army then pays him off at the end. Berkoff is in really good form creating a memorable convincing character.  Berkoff and Pacino work well together and became friends, though Pacino later was offended at Berkoff's well-intentioned satire of him in Shakespeare's Villains.  Directed by Hugh Hudson in 1985.
 

Berkoff in Revolution   Al Pacino and Steven Berkoff in Revolution

Berkoff in Revolution



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