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First Blood (1982)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  22 October 1982 (USA)
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A Vietnam Veteran uses his combat skills against the lawman of a small town when they arrest and abuse him.

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Cast

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Bill McKinney ...
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Galt
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Balford
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Ward
John McLiam ...
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Lester
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Mitch
David L. Crowley ...
Shingleton (as David Crowley)
Don MacKay ...
Preston (as Don Mackay)
Charles A. Tamburro ...
Pilot (as Chuck Tamburro)
David Petersen ...
Trooper
Craig Huston ...
Radio Operator (as Craig Wright Huston)
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Storyline

John J. Rambo is a former United States Special Forces soldier who fought in Vietnam and won the Congressional Medal of Honor, but his time in Vietnam still haunts him. As he came to Hope, Washington to visit a friend, he was guided out of town by the Sheriff William Teasel who insults Rambo, but what Teasel does not know that his insult angered Rambo to the point where Rambo became violent and was arrested. As he was at the county jail being cleaned, he escapes and goes on a rampage through the forest to try to escape from the sheriffs who want to kill him. Then, as Rambo's commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to save both the Sheriff's department and Rambo before the situation gets out of hand. Written by John Wiggins

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Genres:

Action | Thriller

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 12,389,699 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The extended production time pushed back the filming of Rocky III (1982). See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff brings Rambo into the police department in the first 10 minutes of the movie, the lock used is much smaller than the distance between the door handles, i.e. too small to be able to lock the door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Soundtracks

IT'S A LONG ROAD
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Arranged by David Paich and Marty Paich
Produced by Bruce Botnick
Sung by Dan Hill
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Rambo is an icon.
21 March 2001 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

The adaptation of this novel to the big screen is a great accomplishment. The film is not only the beginning of one of the greatest action trilogies of all-time, but it charts the developments of its characters, something rarely done by an action movie. "First Blood" is a moving story about the realities of post-Vietnam America and is very underrated as a film.


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