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Rambo IV Changes Its Name Again
Everyone remain as you were last week

15 October 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source:

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Because much of the internet reaction to Sylvester Stallone deciding to change the name of John Rambo to Rambo: To Hell and Back was – and we're paraphrasing here – 'What the f**k!', Sly has decided to go back to the former title. Thank the lord, or at least Stallone.

Stallone decided to revert to the far less '80s computer game title after discussion with Harry Knowles. The talkbackers on Knowles' Aintitcool site had been resoundingly negative and the actor/director realised that internetular types will make up much of his audience for the movie.

You've got to hand it to the man for listening to his public. You don't get many studios, let alone stars, who'd act so quickly on feedback from the public. So, are you happy with this as the final title?

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RE: Hmmm
Calling it And Backhave been foolish. That was the name of the Audie Murphy biopic. He was the most decorated soldier in American history. Stallone avoided military service   More

Posted by Mason Verger at 20:23 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

To hell and back
This would have been a good title if Rambo was trying to escape inner city grid lock but John Rambo's grand... More

Posted by Klargo at 14:29 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

John Rambo is good
Only from the perspective that it matches Rocky Balboa. Like other people have said, aint gonna change the quality of the movie, though it does affect the look of the numbers on the DVD shelf, same as th Rocky's. But hey, then you realise there's more to life... More

Posted by coomi01 at 21:16 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post


Posted by clarkkent at 19:55 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Finally
L: eoghan I admit with complete disregard for my reputation that I'm on a major Ramboner for this movie. See what I did there? Ramboner?! h, on the contrary my friend. Having a Ramboner is perfectly acceptable. Don't forget, the very best 80's action films always had some degree of homoerotic connotations. You Ramboner is just a natural reaction More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 18:24 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Who knows guys, sly might decide to change it AGAIN. you never know More

Posted by Troopeford at 18:06 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Ha ha. Like it eoghan. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 17:30 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

After the toned-down, family friendly Die Hard 4.0, it's good to see some shameless, balls-to-the-wall, shockingly gruesome 80s violence back on our screens. I admit with complete disregard for my reputation that I'm on a major Ramboner for this movie. See what I did there? Ramboner?! More

Posted by eoghan at 17:22 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

it might as well be John Rambo: burmese royale! More

Posted by Bond11 at 17:12 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I can't fuckin wait for this flick. I'm serious, I am looking more forward to this than.....Indiana Jones! There I said it! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 16:38 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I hope he sticks with 'John Rambo'. It's a good name, same as 'Rocky Balboa' worked well too. But who cares what it's called, judging from the trailer it's an uber-violent balls-out action movie, which is always good in my book! More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 15:42 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

John Rambo: Smoke on the Water
and fire in the sky........ OK im clutching at straws now!! More

Posted by wes clough at 14:35 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Is Mathew Marsden still in this??
I hope not. John Rambo : From Eastenders to anacondas, nah! More

Posted by wes clough at 14:34 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

John Rambo and the Stanner Stairlift to hell and back!
Rambo 4: Pensioners on a plane? I still think it's going to be called Rambo 4.0 over here in the UK! More

Posted by wes clough at 14:30 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

to win war you have become war
he could have calld it RAMBO to win war, you have to become war but thats to long. well its better then (to hell and back) that was shit More

Posted by DeadCell79 at 14:09 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

How about...............
Somewhere Over the Rambo, Johnny boy regretfully travels to Oz to lock horns with the wicked witch of the west and her army of flying monkies......and apache gunships! Commies on broomsticks! No? More

Posted by Danny P at 14:07 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Yes John Rambo is the kitchen ! Will be be able to fight off the terrorist's and get the crepe pancakes ready for the opening night ! More

Posted by bryanbotsareli at 13:54 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Title should be...
RAMBO IIII - but the IIII should be shown as a line of bullets lol! More

Posted by mjscarface at 13:35 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about
What a genius and highly original publicity stunt. A very clever move by Stallone and hats off to him for thinking that one up.   I mean seriously, not even Stallone would choose a title like Rambo: To Hell And Back. It certainly seems the vast majority of AICN bought it though. More fool them! More

Posted by TheGreatEye at 13:23 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I'm surprised Stallone didn't think that 'John Rambo' was the better title anyway, considering he went with 'Rocky Balboa' over 'Rocky XI'. 'John Rambo is much better than 'Rambo And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'... More

Posted by Lord Jason at 13:20 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

What about
Rambo: Unleashed or Rambo IV: Fires of the Apocalypse More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:05 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Who cares what they call the fucking thing. They could call it Rambo and Robin and I would still go see it. More

Posted by Jasper at 13:04 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

John Rambo. Does exactly what it says on the tin, but I have to confess a weak spot for the 'to Hell and Back' for the whole 80's thing it evokes. the original trailer looked way cool with those temp video titles - more Grindhouse than Grindhouse, but there's the warning, just because basement-based Internet freak have something to say about your movie, doesn't mean the little bastards will actually pay to go see the film when it comes out - look at the fall-off for Snakes on a Plane and Grindho More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:04 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I am sad I know, but this has made my day! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 13:01 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

So what, people were going to see it until he changed the title? More

Posted by UTB at 12:47 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Good news at last
Nice one sly. listen to those who know best. Maybe some other hoolywood types will take note. listen to the people who are shelling out their hard earned cash to watch your films More

Posted by livewire at 12:32 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

The title should be ...
Rambo Punches Man's Head Clean Off More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 11:39 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Thank you Aintitcool!
I never thought id say this,but THANK YOU VERY MUCH HARRY KNOWLES AND ALL THOSE AT AINTITCOOL! I thought the new title was the worst ever and am glad its back to being John Rambo. More

Posted by darth silas at 11:39 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

The System Works! John Rambo is here to stay :) More

Posted by Ethanial at 11:24 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Thank you Sly! More

Posted by Biggus at 11:16 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

if he's listening to the public then why doesn't he make Cobra 2? Also, is there anything wrong with just calling it Rambo 4? More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:47 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

To Hell and Back....
..was 'plus de fromage' - John Rambo is a clear winner - fits in with the whole Rocky Balboa thing. More

Posted by mrwinky99 at 10:38 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Makes a Change
I would say it's nice to see an Actor/Director who recognises they're not so far above the people to actually pay for their movies!! Even if it is to see Rambo having to lean his walking stick against a tree whenever he needs both hands free for neck snapping/AK shooting action More

Posted by BenWalton at 10:36 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Much preferred To Hell and Back...
Sounded great! Or maybe that's just me... More

Posted by Primus at 10:34 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

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