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First Blood -- A soft-spoken Vietnam vet drifts into a small town looking for no trouble, but finds it in the form of a psychotic local sheriff who finds pleasure in hating him for no reason.
First Blood -- A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town's police force, begins a one man war with it.
First Blood -- A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town's police force, begins a one man war with it.


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Release Date:
22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
One war against one man. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Rambo

Richard Crenna ... Trautman

Brian Dennehy ... Teasle

Bill McKinney ... Kern

Jack Starrett ... Galt

Michael Talbott ... Balford

Chris Mulkey ... Ward
John McLiam ... Orval

Alf Humphreys ... Lester

David Caruso ... 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)

Patrick Stack ... Lt. Morgen
Stephen E. Miller ... Guardsman #1
Raimund Stamm ... Guardsman #2
Robert Metcalfe ... Guardsman #3
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Guardsman #4

Bruce Greenwood ... Guardsman #5
Earl Klein ... Guardsman #6
Danny Wozna ... Boy
Peter Lonstrup ... Attendant
Mike Winlaw ... TV Reporter

Donald Adams ... Guard C.O.
David Menzies ... Miner
Frank Richter ... Man on Street #1
Grahman L. Galativk ... Man on Street #2
Ian Hutchinson ... Man on Street #3
Amy Alexander ... Woman on Street

Gary Hetherington ... Hunter
Alex Kliner ... Hunter
R.G. Miller ... Hunter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Chang ... VC Commander (uncredited)
Suzee Pai ... Vietnamese Prostitute (uncredited)

John Rigg ... Bobby - Base Camp Radio Operator (uncredited)
John Liam Williams ... Matthew (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Kotcheff 
Writing credits
David Morrell (novel)

Michael Kozoll (screenplay) &
William Sackheim (screenplay) and
Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)

Produced by
Buzz Feitshans .... producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Herb Nanas .... co-executive producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joan E. Chapman  (as Joan Chapman)
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Makeup Department
Salli Bailey .... hair stylist
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist
Phyllis Newman .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup creator
Production Management
Paul L. Tucker .... production manager (as Paul Tucker)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otta Hanus .... second assistant director
Jacques Hubert .... third assistant director
Craig Huston .... first assistant director (as Craig Wright Huston)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Art Department
Gary Brolly .... standby carpenter (as Garry Brolly)
Wayne McLaughlin .... prop assistant
Stéphane Reichel .... art department coordinator (as Stephane Reichel)
Alex Scutti Jr. .... set plasterer (as Alex Scutti)
William Stout .... storyboard artist
Grant Swain .... prop assistant
Bill Thumm .... prop master
David Willson .... construction coordinator (as David Wilson)
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Gary J. Williams .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor
Erick Feitshans .... assistant to sound department
Keith Henderson .... boom operator
Steven Kilfoy .... assistant to sound department
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Leonard Wolf Jr. .... apprentice sound editor
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Judy Clapp .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Alan Snelling .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George Erschbamer .... special effects assistant
Thomas L. Fisher .... special effects coordinator (as Thomas Fisher)
John Thomas .... special effects best boy
Visual Effects by
Thom Noble .... visual consultant
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (as Bennie Dobbins)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Richard 'Diamond' Farnsworth)
Will Harper .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (as Buddy Jo Hooker)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Sargent .... stunts (as Bobby Sargeant)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt double: Brian Dennehy (uncredited)
Jack Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Will Harper .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Don Charles McGovern .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Robert Milicevic .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Sargent .... stunt double: Jack Starrett (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John S. Bartley .... lighting consultant (as John Bartley)
Art Collier .... key grip: second unit
Shelley Degen .... best boy (as Shelley Degan)
Theo Eglseder .... first assistant camera (as Theo Eglsder)
Russell Engels .... chief gaffer (as Russ Engels)
Dave Gordon .... dolly grip
Chris Harris .... second assistant camera
Tim Hogan .... key grip
John Holbrook .... director of photography: second unit
Stephen Jackson .... best boy (as Steve Jackson)
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Joe Lederer)
Tom Neuwirth .... helicopter camera operator (as Thomas Neuwirth)
Rod Parkhurst .... director of photography: second unit
Curtis Petersen .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Curtis Peterson)
Brenton Spencer .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Brent Spencer)
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (as Jim Turrel)
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator (uncredited)
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
John W. Scott .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynne Carrow .... additional casting (as Lynn Carrow)
Lisa Freiberger .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christopher Ryan .... wardrobe supervisor
Monica Araiz .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Smith .... assistant editor (as Mike Smith)
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant editor (as Pamela Yuen)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Bowe .... driver captain
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Lorraine Baird .... assistant auditor
Lesley Beale .... craft service
Lesley Beale .... first aid
Jean Bereziuk .... script: second unit (as Jean Berezuik)
Fitch Cady .... unit location: second unit
Jan Campbell .... production assistant
Charlie Davidson .... production accountant
Burton Elias .... unit publicist (as Burt Elias)
Beth Hickman .... assistant: Mr. Feitshans
Cindy James .... dog handler
Jeanne Joe .... assistant to executive producers
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Doug Leaf .... animal trainer
Jimmy Lile .... knife designer: Arkansas Knifesmith
Gordon Mark .... unit location manager
Diane Minshall .... rat wrangler
Bridget Murphy .... production office coordinator
Hugh Oaks .... boar handler
Pattie Robertson .... script
Brigitte Roch .... accounts clerk
Joanne Ryan .... first aid
Syd Stembridge .... weapons specialist
Karen Stewart .... production secretary
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Ceci Vajna .... assistant to executive producers
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rambo: First Blood" - USA (informal title)
"Rambo" - Japan (English title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (re-rating) | Finland:K-15/13 (uncut) (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (uncut) (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16 (video release) (1998) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) (1983) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 (VHS rating) | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2009) (re-rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26816) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Originally budgeted at $11 million, the film ultimately cost closer to $17 million as the production ran months late.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Rambo falls off the cliff and crashes through the tree, you can somewhat see the yellow landing pad at the bottom of the tree.See more »
[first lines]
Rambo:Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sands of Oblivion (2007) (TV)See more »
It's a Long RoadSee more »


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175 out of 194 people found the following review useful.
They drew first blood not me. They drew first blood., 14 June 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

First Blood is simply one of the best films ever made. I think it transcends the action film genre and has stood the test of time. Stallone was immensely popular back in the 80's and if it is true that he hated the first cut of the film, then one can only say that he is lucky that he didn't get his wish to scrap the entire thing.

John Rambo is first introduced to us as he is walking into a small town to look for a friend of his that he served in Vietnam with. Upon discovering that he contracted cancer coming back from the war, Rambo wanders aimlessly into town. He is greeted by a small town overzealous sheriff named Will Teasle, played wonderfully by Brian Denehy. He at first tells Rambo that he will help him out and give him a ride. When Rambo asks if he can find a good place to eat, Teasle directs him to a diner about 10 miles up the highway. Rambo asks if there is a law against him eating in the town, Teasle, says yea, me. This sets up the premise as Rambo begins walking back into town. Arrested for vagrancy, Rambo is taken to the local jail and we meet some of the local redneck officers, notably, a young David Caruso, who seems to be the only one who empathizes with Rambo. Finally, he escapes the jail and takes the entire small town sheriff department and the military on a hunt into the local "jungle."

First Blood has strength of character. It has frenetic action scenes and every actor in the film is at the top of their game. Samuel Trautman, Rambo's mentor and former Colonel in the war, is played by Richard Crenna as a no nonsense but empathetic man. He knows Rambo has pushed back a little too hard but he understands where his plight comes from. He wants to avoid more bloodshed but at the same time he doesn't completely agree with how Rambo has been treated. He is obviously a law abiding citizen, but he knows that not all the laws were upheld when dealing with Rambo.

Sylvester Stallone is RAMBO. There is no one else that could play him. Just like Harrison Ford embodies Indiana Jones and Bruce Willis is John McClane, Stallone is about as good as he has ever been here. He is quiet, he is strong and his physicality creates a character that many of us can empathize with and eventually root for. David Morell wrote a different character in his book but Stallone paints him more as a sympathetic character. He is correct in doing so. While Morell's vision is still present, this is more of Stallone's creation. Rambo is about as unique a character present in film history.

First Blood is a film released in 1982, but in my opinion it set a new standard for action film stars. I think James Bond was pretty much your standard action film star before that. He was smooth and debonair and nothing went wrong for him. Rambo, at least in First Blood, is realistic. He bleeds, he cries, and he wears his emotion on his sleeve. This is someone that many of us could and can relate to. The sequels made him larger than life and that is fine, but this small film done by the Carolco guys is about as perfect a film as you can get.


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