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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.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
David Morrell (novel)
Michael Kozoll (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One war against one man. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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"Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. " See more (377 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
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)
B.J. Clayden .... boom operator (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Justis Greene .... the producers wish to thank
 
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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Runtime:
93 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
During the filming of the movie a truck used to store fifty odd firearms imported into Canada for filming was stolen along with the contents.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Rambo is racing down the pavement on the motorcycle, shouting "get out of the way" to terrified pedestrians, his mouth indicates he is shouting "fucking move it".See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Rambo:Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Holiday in Handcuffs (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's a Long RoadSee more »

FAQ

What is First Blood about?
What did Rambo mean "They drew first blood"?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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51 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
"Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. ", 8 July 2007

Sylvester Stallone achieved amazing heights during the 80's, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially as a movie character synonymous with the muscled guy who is a pure fighting machine…

In Ted Kotcheff's "First Blood," John Rambo (Stallone) is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who was trained specifically as a killing machine… He has come to a quite little town in Oregon, only to visit one of his platoon buddies… He was told that his friend has died, last summer, of cancer…

Disheartened, Rambo continues to walk the streets of Hope when he is annoyed by the local Sheriff (Brian Dennehy), and booked for vagrancy and resisting arrest…

Beaten, kicked all over, treated like trash, and pushed too far by the other cops in the Sheriff's office, Rambo is taking back to traumatic flashbacks, to the enduring torture in POW camp… Rambo, by that point, fights his way out and wages a one-man war against the police force that escalates out of control... Rambo is seen as a one man army overpowering all the sheriff's deputies and escaping into the surrounding woods…

"First Blood" communicates the rage, the depression, the frustration and the psychological wounds of one Vietnam soldier that fought for his country and was then hassled by it upon his return…

But what makes Rambo such a dangerous hero is Brian Dennehy being incredibly efficient as the cruel officer who doesn't like the looks of Stallone... Sure he's the abusive sheriff who is the victim of his environment, but he's also arrogant and incessantly underestimating a man who was 'the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands…'

Dennehy got a presence of his own pushing an 'expert in guerrilla warfare' at the breaking point…

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