The Expendables

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson, Robert Earl
  • Writers: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

After years of unspeakable corruption that concludes with tragedies such as murder of American hostages and betrayal of foreign policies, and finally recognizing a way out of this terrible mess, the U.S. along with other Nations, equally seeking the end of this catastrophe, secretly put together a squad of its highest trained military personnel to finally over throw the dictator who has caused devastation in South America for over 20 years. The team sets out on its mission to complete the assassination, but with little help from the nations as they try to keep the mission secret. After they realize that there will be no outside help, they rely on their own resources to fight not only the dictator’s army but also the governments that set them up.

Rambo III

  • Directors: Peter MacDonald
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans, Mario Kassar, Andrew G Vajna
  • Writers: Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone, Sheldon Lettich, Characters, David Morrell
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith, Sasson Gabai

The film opens with Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) returning to Thailand (where the second film took place) to once again enlist the help of Vietnam veteran John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone). After witnessing Rambo’s victory in a stick fighting match, Trautman visits the construction site of the Buddhist temple Rambo is helping to build and asks Rambo to join him on a mission to Afghanistan. The mission is meant to supply weapons, including FIM-92 Stinger missiles, to Afghan rebels, the Mujahideen, who are fighting the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan War. Despite showing him photos of civilians suffering under Soviet military intervention, Rambo refuses and Trautman chooses to go on his own.

While in Afghanistan, Trautman’s troops are ambushed by Soviet troops while passing through the mountains at night. Trautman is imprisoned in a Soviet base and coerced for information by Colonel Zaysen (Marc de Jonge) and his henchman Kourov (Randy Raney). Rambo learns of the incident from embassy field officer Robert Griggs (Kurtwood Smith) and convinces Griggs to take him through an unofficial operation, despite Grigg’s warning that the U.S. government will deny any knowledge of his actions if killed or caught. Rambo immediately flies to Pakistan where he meets up with Mousa (Sasson Gabai), a weapons supplier who agrees to take him to a village deep in the Afghan desert, close to the Soviet base where Trautman is kept. The Mujahideen in the village are already hesitant to help Rambo in the first place, but are definitely convinced not to help him when their village is attacked by Soviet helicopters after one of Mousa’s shop assistants has informed the Soviets of Rambo’s presence. Aided only by Mousa and a young boy named Hamid (Doudi Shoua), Rambo makes his way to the Soviet base and starts his attempts to free Trautman. The first attempt is unsuccessful and results not only in Hamid getting shot in the leg, but also in Rambo himself getting wood shrapnel in the side. After escaping from the base, Rambo tends to Hamid’s wounds and sends him and Mousa away to safety.

The next day, Rambo returns to the base once again, just in time to rescue Trautman from being tortured with a blow-torch. After rescuing several other prisoners, Rambo steals a Mil Mi-24 helicopter and escapes from the base. However, the helicopter is damaged as it departs and soon crashes, forcing Rambo and Trautman to continue on foot. After a confrontation in a cave, where Rambo and Trautman eliminate several Soviet Spetsnaz commandos including Kourov, they are confronted by an entire army of Soviet tanks, headed by Zaysen. Just as they are about to be overwhelmed by the might of the Soviet Army, the Mujahideen warriors, together with Mousa and Hamid, ride onto the battlefield by the hundreds in a cavalry charge, overwhelming the Soviets. In the ensuing battle, in which both Trautman and John are wounded, Rambo manages to kill Zaysen by driving a tank into the Soviet colonel’s helicopter. Rambo survives the explosion and gets out of the tank. At the end of the battle Rambo and Trautman say goodbye to their Mujahideen friends and leave Afghanistan to go home.

Rambo First Blood Part II

  • Directors: George P Cosmatos, Sylvester Stallone 1
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans
  • Writers: Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron, Story, Kevin Jarre, Characters, David Morrell
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson, Julian Turner

Rambo is working in a labor camp prison when he gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna). Trautman offers Rambo the chance to be released from prison after the events of the first film and given full clemency, but on condition of him going into Vietnam to search for American POWs. Rambo meets Marshal Murdock (Charles Napier), an American bureaucrat who is in charge of the operation and he tells Rambo that the American public is demanding knowledge about the POWs and they want a trained commando to go in and search for them. Rambo is briefed that he is only to photograph the POWs and not to rescue them, nor is he to engage any enemy soldiers. Rambo reluctantly agrees and he is then told that an agent of the American government will be there to receive him in the jungles of Vietnam.

Rambo parachutes into the Vietnamese jungles, but loses most of his equipment in the process and is left only with his knives, his bow, and arrows. He meets the agent, a native girl named Co-Bao (Julia Nickson) who wants to go to America. Rambo comes to the camp, in contradiction to his briefing he finds American prisoners there and rescues one of them. He, Co and the American POW escape in a boat but are attacked by a gunboat; Rambo sends Co and the POW to safety and manages to destroy the gunboat with an RPG. When Rambo calls for extraction, he is denied as Murdock fears what will happen to him and his party if the American public come to know about it.

Rambo then returns to the base and wrecks Murdock’s command center. He threatens Murdock with a knife, challenging him to find and rescue the remaining American POWs in Vietnam. Trautman then comforts Rambo and tries to pacify him. An angry Rambo responds that he only wants his country to love its soldiers as much as its soldiers love it. As Rambo leaves, Trautman asks him, “How will you live, John?” To which Rambo replies, “Day by day.” The film credits roll as Rambo walks off into the distance while his mentor watches him.

Rocky Balboa

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Charles Winkler, Billy Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Burton, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, James Francis Kelly III, Lou DiBella

In present-day Philadelphia, Rocky, now retired from boxing for roughly 20 years, is living in a row house in Kensington (a deleted scene reveals that his brother-in-law has been living with him). His wife Adrian has died (due to what Rocky ambiguously describes as “woman cancer”) in 2002, his son Robert has moved out on his own, and Rocky has retired to become owner of a small but successful Italian restaurant named Adrian’s. He charms his patrons with stories of his past.

Rocky visits his late wife’s grave site regularly, and embarks on an annual tour of Philadelphia landmarks that held importance to him and Adrian, including his old apartment on 1818 East Tusculum Street, the pet shop where Adrian worked, and the remains of the torn-down ice skating rink where Rocky took Adrian on their first date. Paulie (Burt Young) joins him on this tour, but does so at great personal pain because, in his opinion, he did not treat Adrian well during her life. Rocky counters this claim by reminding Paulie that Adrian loved him as well.

Rocky’s son, Robert (Milo Ventimiglia), is the total opposite of his fighter father and that of himself as a fighter kid– a buttoned-down, corporate-minded businessman who is trying to carve out his own place in a very different world. Rocky’s relationship with Robert is strained because Robert has always had to live under the champ’s shadow; he even believes that the only reason he was hired for his latest job was because of his last name. But through the course of the movie we see the relationship mend itself through Rocky’s admonishment to his son that his life is his own and he must be willing to take chances to succeed.

As the film (and series) concludes, the final image shows Rocky in the distance, waving to Adrian’s grave and, in effect, to the audience, before finally fading out himself. The credits roll next to real-life footage of individuals–among them the Phillie Phanatic–running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, ending with Rocky himself ascending them one last time.

Daylight

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: John Davis, David T Friendly, Joseph Singer
  • Writers: Leslie Bohem
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Jay O Sanders, Karen Young, Danielle Harris, Barry Newman

The film opens with a waste management firm in upstate NY trying to illegally dispose of toxic waste. Chemicals are loaded on three trucks bound for New Jersey. Meanwhile, a crew of diamond thieves steal a shipment of stones and a black Cadillac Seville. The thieves are pursued by NYPD and elude capture by heading to the “Tunnel to New Jersey”. As the thieves enter the tunnel, the trucks loaded with toxic waste make their way into the tunnel as well. The thieves push their way past the traffic entering the tunnel, causing chaos as they make their way through the north tube. As they weave and shove their way past traffic, the diamonds spill all over the floor of the car. As one of the thieves reaches down to get the diamonds, she pushes the gas pedal to the floor. The Cadillac accelerates wildly, and the driver loses control. The car hits the tunnel wall, and goes airborne, smashing into a booth which houses Port Authority police officers who patrol the tunnel, and smashes into one of the trucks carrying toxic waste. The truck explodes, setting off a chain reaction explosion that destroys the other two trucks. The destruction of the trucks and their cargo creates a devastating explosion that causes the roof of the tunnel to cave in. Cars on the New Jersey end are flattened. Another explosion takes place, and the fire, fueled by the remaining oxygen in the tube, explodes into a fireball, rushing through the tunnel at hellish speed. The fireball devours everything in its path.

Madelyne and Latura then swim around looking for a possible way out. Latura realizes he will have to do a blow out, in which an explosion would blow the tunnel roof open in a geyser-like explosion, forcing water out through the river bed. At this point there appears to be a romantic connection between the two. Latura lights fuses and swims to a safety point to the tunnel road. The fuses go off and the tunnel appears to collapse; Latura emerges from the mud and he and Madelyne are seen blowing in opposite directions as the water blows through the river bed. The water can be seen bubbling on the surface of the river and Madelyne appears and finds Latura. He appears to be heavily exhausted but otherwise okay. They are discovered by boats on the river and taken to EMS workers. Latura hands Grace the bracelet. He then asks Madelyne if she wants to ride with him and she jokingly says she probably has no other choice. Latura replies, “we’ll have to take the bridge.”

Cliffhanger

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Renny Harlin, Alan Marshall
  • Writers: John Long, Michael France, Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon, Paul Winfield, and Ralph Waite

In the opening scene, hotshot mountain climber and rescue worker Gabe Walker (Sylvester Stallone) meets with his friends Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) and Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner) on a narrow peak in the Rocky Mountains. While moving from one mountaintop to another via a steel cable, Hal’s girlfriend Sarah’s (Michelle Joyner) harness breaks and she is left dangling over a deep chasm. While the others frantically come up with a solution, Gabe straps himself in and goes out to save Sarah, but is unsuccessful as she falls to her death at the bottom of a mountain.

Months later, Gabe returns to town for the first time since Sarah’s funeral. Overcome with guilt over having lost Sarah, Gabe has returned only to pack up his remaining possessions so he can leave permanently. However, a radio distress call comes in to the local rescue center where Hal and Jessie still work. Hal heads off to find the stranded climbers while Jessie pleads with Gabe to join Hal’s rescue attempt. Battling his inner demons, Gabe meets Hal on the mountain, where the latter, still angry with Gabe for being unsuccessful at saving Sarah, lashes out and almost throws Gabe off the cliff.

Communicating by radio, Qualen and Gabe make a deal to exchange Jessie for the money Gabe collected from the third case. Qualen releases Jessie, but Gabe throws the bag of money into the helicopter’s rotors. In the following confusion, Qualen’s helicopter falls precariously against the side of the mountain, suspended by a steel cable. Gabe and Qualen fight atop the dangling wreck. Gabe manages to jump off as the wreckage plummets several thousand feet, carrying Qualen with it. After which, Tucker quotes “If you’re looking for Qualen, look about 4000 feet south of here. He’ll be the one wearing a Helicopter.” The film ends as Gabe, Hal, and Jessie are found by federal agents and rescued.

Spy Kids 3 D Game Over

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Selena Gomez

Before the movie begins, Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) reminds the audience the safety of the movie in 3-D and urges them to take off their 3-D glasses immediately and put them on when instructed, and the movie begins.

Juni Cortez, ex-agent for the O.S.S., gets called in to help when his sister, Carmen, is in trouble. She had gone into the new video game, Game Over, to shut it down before the Toymaker, creator of the game, could use it to control the minds of the kids who played it. When he arrives in the game, Juni has a rough time of it, losing most of the precious time he needed to shut down the game. He meets three beta-testers – Rez, Francis, and Arnold – who, when asked to help him get to Level 2, send him instead to the moon, and Robo Con, where they believe he’ll get a “Game Over”.

Once on the moon, Juni receives a life line from the O.S.S. He gets to pick someone to come into the game to help him. Eagerly, he chooses his grandfather, who had been hunting the Toymaker. After receiving “Mega Legs”, his grandfather disappears, saying he’ll catch up to Juni later. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the Toymaker was the one holding Carmen hostage in the game.

Back in the real world, Rez, Francis and Arnold are tracked down, and turn out to be nothing like they were in the game. Juni’s grandfather admits to letting the Toymaker out of the game, and he wreaks havoc with monsters from his game that can only be seen with the glasses used to enter the game. Everyone arrives to help take down the monsters. Juni’s grandfather confronts the Toymaker, and reveals that he had only been looking for him so he could forgive him for putting him in the wheelchair. The Toymaker surrenders, and becomes part of the Cortez Clan.

Rocky III

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mr T, Tony Burton

Rocky III begins with the ending of the 15th round of the rematch between Rocky and Apollo Creed, with Rocky Balboa becoming the new heavyweight champion of the world. This is followed by an opening montage of scenes that explain what happened in the time between Rocky II and Rocky III. In the five years since winning the heavyweight title from Apollo, Rocky has a string of 10 successful title defenses. As his winning streak grows, so does his fame, wealth and celebrity, and soon Rocky is seen everywhere, from magazine covers to TV show guest star appearances. Rocky is also heavily merchandised, sponsoring varied products and services. At the same time, a ferocious new boxer named James “Clubber” Lang (Mr. T) is climbing the ranks, rapidly becoming the number one contender for Rocky’s title.

Rocky’s brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) has grown jealous of Rocky’s accomplishments. After a night of heavy drinking, Paulie stumbles into a video arcade, destroys a ROCKY pinball machine in a rage and is arrested. Rocky bails him out of jail and, on the way to Rocky’s car to ride home, Paulie begins berating Rocky for forgetting him on his climb to the top. Paulie swallows his pride and asks Rocky for a job, which Rocky grants him.

Soon afterwards, Rocky and Apollo return to Mickey’s gym, with Apollo revealing the price of his training: a third fight with Rocky. However, this time it would only be a sparring match between two new friends, which Rocky accepts.

Rocky IV

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren

The story opens with “Eye of the Tiger” during the climax of Rocky Balboa’s rematch against Clubber Lang, where Rocky defeated Lang with a KO in the third round to regain his title. The picture then fades and we see Apollo Creed presenting his favor to Rocky shortly after the Lang fight for helping him train. Meanwhile, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a highly intimidating 6´5ft, 260 pound Soviet boxer, arrives in America with his wife Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen), an Olympic gold medal swimmer, his manager, Nicolai Koloff (Michael Pataki), and a team of trainers headed by grizzled Russian coach Igor Rimsky (George Rogan), and the Cuban Manuel Vega (James “Cannonball” Green) to challenge the best American fighters. His manager takes great pride in showing off the hi-tech equipment which aids in improving Drago’s performance. As a demonstration, Drago throws punches at a machine that measures the hit’s strength, exceeding 1800 psi per punch.

Motivated by patriotism and a desire to prove himself, Apollo is desperate to step back into the ring in an exhibition bout against Drago. Rocky has reservations, but comes round to supporting his friend by helping to train him for the fight. Apollo sets the match between himself and Drago in Las Vegas. With Rocky in his corner, Apollo flamboyantly makes an even bigger show than when he first fought Rocky – including fireworks and a patriotic theme. Starting the fight in his trademark manner, Drago manages to catch him off-guard quickly and batters Apollo with a series of devasting punches. At the break, Rocky pleads with Apollo to quit the fight, but Apollo is determined to finish, which only leads to tragedy when he collapses and dies in Rocky’s arms from Drago’s continuous blows.

In the final round of the fight, Rocky and Drago trade punch after punch. Eventually, Balboa manages to overcome Drago knocking him out, to the shock of Soviet premier (who strongly resembles the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev) and his aides who have no option but to applaud Rocky for fear of backlash. Following his victory, Rocky gives an impassioned speech to the crowd, acknowledging their initial and mutual disdain for each other, and how they’ve come to respect and admire each other during the fight.

Rocky

  • Directors: John G Avildsen
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

In November, 1975, Rocky Balboa is introduced as a small-time boxer and collector for Gazzo (Joe Spinell), a loan shark. The WBA World Heavyweight Championship bout is scheduled for New Year’s Day, 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is injured, Creed comes up with the idea of fighting a local Philadelphia underdog and, because he likes Rocky’s nickname, “The Italian Stallion,” he selects the unknown fighter. He puts it in light by proclaiming “Apollo Creed meets ‘The Italian Stallion.’

To prepare for the fight, Rocky trains with 1920s-era ex-bantamweight fighter Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), while Rocky’s good friend, Paulie (Burt Young), a meat-packing plant worker, lets him practice his punches on the carcasses hanging in the freezers. During training, Rocky dates Paulie’s quiet sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). The night before the fight, Rocky confides in Adrian that he does not expect to beat Creed, and that all he wants is to go the distance with Creed (which no fighter has ever done), meaning that lasting 15 rounds (the typical scheduled length of championship fights at the time) against him would mean he “… wasn’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

Creed does not initially take the fight seriously, but Rocky unexpectedly knocks him down in the first round and the match turns intense. The fight indeed lasts 15 rounds with each fighter suffering many injuries. After the fight, Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the results of the fight.