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Gorbachev Did-In 'III'

July 10, 1988

Pat H. Broeske is all wet. Despite her effusion of purple prose, she missed the point entirely ("Rambo Without a Cause," July 3). John Rambo wasn't a cause--he was an effect.

Her convoluted analysis of why "Rambo III" met the box-office equivalent of the Soviet winter is a pipe dream that makes her a good creative writer but a lousy investigative reporter.

Because of interminable delays and internecine strife, Stallone's film crew was forced to tail-gate real events . . . and he was sucker-punched by Chairman Gorbachev.

"III" was Mike-Tysoned in more than 2,000 theaters because it was released after the Soviets began their ignominious pullout. Go argue with a \o7 fait accompli\f7 .

Even the Fifty-Six Million Dollar Man can't compete with TV's graphic coverage of demoralized Red troops being airlifted back to Mother Russia without a shot being fired.

VICTOR STEELE

Los Angeles

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