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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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Bill McKinney ...
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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:

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 12,389,699 (Sweden)

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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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After almost a quarter of a century it's still a great movie!
7 September 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I totally agree with the comments of a previous reviewer who said that Sylvester Stallone is greatly underestimated as an actor. I wouldn't go as far as calling him the best actor that Hollywood has ever had, but he IS so much better than a lot of people say that he is. In my opinion Stallone shouldn't make comedies, but when it comes to action movies (Rambo, Rocky, Cobra, etc.) he's definitely one of the best! Rambo was a sensational movie in the 80's, but every time that I see it nowadays I'm amazed by the fact that it is actually a very good, original story. Brian Dennehy really shows his acting skills as well, leaving the audience confused whether to have sympathy for the character that he plays or to hate the character. First Blood is a movie filled with action. Like all the action movies from the 1980's "First Blood" also tends to become slightly over the top in the end. Still I gave it a 10/10 for the simple fact that I wanted to compensate for the people who "underrate" this movie. Normally I would give this movie an "8". If it had not been for the action scenes that are over the top this movie could even have scored a bit higher!

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