First Blood

First Blood

Ted Kotcheff (1982)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
The jingoistic sequels reduced Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) to an indestructible cartoon figure, but this first film in the series is an involving action drama about an ostracised loner pushed too far. Brian Dennehy is on fine snarling form as a bigoted small-town sheriff, the catalyst for a woodland cat-and-mouse chase in which his battle-hardened quarry quickly assumes the feline role. The warfare is tautly assembled by Canadian director Ted Kotcheff and Stallone portrays Rambo with enough wounded conviction to forgive some of his increasingly far-fetched escapes. It's a shame that Richard Crenna, as Rambo's revered colonel and mentor, is little more than a know-all caricature and that the film's initial message about the lack of understanding bestowed on returning soldiers becomes lost among the trail of destruction. Yet there is a thread of humanity here that went missing in action during all of his later missions.


Vietnam veteran John Rambo is wrongfully arrested in a backwoods town and tested to the limits of his endurance by a brutal deputy. Rambo escapes from his cell and heads out to the woods, and with the forces of the law in hot pursuit he finally has the chance to fight them on his own terms. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna and David Caruso.

Cast & Crew

John Rambo Sylvester Stallone
Colonel Trautman Richard Crenna
Sheriff Will Teasle Brian Dennehy
Mitch David Caruso
Galt Jack Starrett
Balford Michael Talbott
Captain Dave Kern, State Police Bill McKinney
Deputy Ward Chris Mulkey
Director Ted Kotcheff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray