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January 28, 2008


PJ Parrish

Thanks for this post, David. I read the Times review and it got me wondering how David felt about his man coming back after all these years. Interesting.

Bill Peschel

Glad I didn't place bets on how DM would feel. I'm glad for him.

Gerald Chuah

Thank you for the article. it is great to hear DM's perspective on the latest Rambo movie. I like his quote about Rambo standing in the rain to cleanse his soul. By the way do check out an interesting new book called "RAMBO CODE: Your Survival Guide" which talks about Rambo motivation. In my knowledge this is the first book that analyzes the words of Rambo, to find his inner pyschology and strangth, and to adapt those lessons in life to become unstoppable.
The reason why Rambo had such a big impact on movie audiences around the world is because it speaks about the indomitable spirit of man - the survival instinct we are born with to help us get ahead in life. it is our primal instinct to survive. And Rambo being in touch with that uncivilised part in our subconscious mind was able to release the animal fury, which is in the flip side of our being. There is some truth in the character that appeals to our being, that makes it so powerful and poignant. Study the Rambo philosophy at www.rambocode.com


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David J. Montgomery is a writer and critic specializing in books and publishing. He is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has also written for USA Today, the Washington Post, and other fine publications. A former professor of History, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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