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First Blood (1982)

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Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McLiam ...
David L. Crowley ...
Shingleton (as David Crowley)
Don MacKay ...
Preston (as Don Mackay)
Charles A. Tamburro ...
Pilot (as Chuck Tamburro)
David Petersen ...
Craig Huston ...
Radio Operator (as Craig Wright Huston)


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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Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo: First Blood  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Columbia Pictures first acquired the property in 1972 upon the novel's release through David Morrell's agent Larry Turner, but in an abrupt U-turn, sold it to Warner Bros immediately. Ted Kotcheff saw the project through his friend (later agent), the then studio vice-president Robert Shapiro and developed it for three months before the studio decided to pull the plug on the project due to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The film was later known as producers Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna's first attempt to produce a film but not before it was shopped around three to five studios, with neither express interest due to the aftermath of the war. See more »


During the bike/patrol car chase in the beginning, Rambo rides a Yamaha XT 4-stroke bike - the sound effect is that of a 2-stroke. See more »


[first lines]
Rambo: Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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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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The only good rambo movie
17 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How people can call this the worst one of the series or just a bad movie in general is beyond me. The action is actually believable and not something out of a video game. And the storyline is good and paints a good picture of life in America after the Vietnam war. Following the tale of the best of the best it is certainly not the best but very good. Better yet is the laughs that come from watching the bad cops get theirs. The only I have to complain about this movie is that the sequels were atrocious and painful. This is often looked over excellent movie that puts many other in the genre to shame. Many of you who find it boring are just gore junkies who thrive off of cheap explosions and a plethora of bullets in the air. Take it for a man trying to survive, not bringing down a whole army.

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