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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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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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A one man war. See more »


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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rambo: First Blood  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,642,005, 24 October 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,212,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,212,904
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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), 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 to three to five studios, with none expressing interest, due to the aftermath of the war. See more »

Goofs

This movie is set in America. There is an American flag hanging in front of the police station. The police wear American police uniforms, with American flags on them. During one scene, an officer says "Why don't you let the state police handle this." Yet, during the scenes filmed in town, you can see signs all over the place that say "Hope" and "Kettle Valley" which are parts of the province of British Columbia, Canada, where this movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rambo: Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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Connections

Referenced in ALF: Torn Between Two Lovers (1989) See more »

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 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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