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First Blood

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 1982
  • Ted Kotcheff
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action drama starring Sylvester Stallone as drifter and ex-Green Beret John Rambo, who falls foul of the redneck sheriff of Hope, Oregon. Arrested and beaten, Rambo escapes and takes refuge in the local woods, ready to defend himself with deadly skills learnt during the Vietnam War.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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John RamboSylvester Stallone
Colonel TrautmanRichard Crenna
Sheriff Will TeasleBrian Dennehy
MitchDavid Caruso
GaltJack Starrett
BalfordMichael Talbott
Captain Dave Kern, State PoliceBill McKinney
Deputy WardChris Mulkey

Crew

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DirectorTed Kotcheff

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Released on
1982-12-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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