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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.

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Director:
Writers:
David Morrell (novel)
Michael Kozoll (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One war against one man. See more »
Plot:
A Vietnam Veteran uses his combat skills against the lawman of a small town when he arrests and abuses him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A well-written adaptation and film See more (328 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)

John Rigg ... Bobby - Base Camp Radio Operator (uncredited)
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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)
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound 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)
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)
Jack Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Charles McGovern .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Robert Milicevic .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (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
 
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
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" - USA (TV title)
"Rambo" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (re-rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (video release) (1998) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) (1983) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 (VHS rating) | Norway:18 | 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:
The large piece of rotten canvas that Rambo finds in the woods and cuts into a makeshift coat, was in fact not a movie prop, but a real piece of rotten canvas found by the film crew during the movie's production. Since there was only one piece, Sylvester Stallone joked about how the canvas became a treasured prop on the set. After filming ended, Stallone kept the rotten canvas and still has it in his possession to this very day.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Col. Trautman lectures the sheriff, describing Rambo's tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery as saying "Here lies John Rambo ... killed in Jerkwater, USA". In reality, Arlington does not inscribe tombstones with such sayings. Stones simply bear name, rank, dates of birth, death and a Cross, Star of David, or Islamic crescent. (May count as "intentional goof" as Trautman may have been simply making a point to sheriff).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Rambo:Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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Soundtrack:
IT'S A LONG ROADSee more »

FAQ

What is First Blood about?
How did it end in the novel?
What did Rambo mean "They drew first blood"?
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A well-written adaptation and film, 9 June 2007
Author: somegravity from United States

Sure,"First Blood" is known by people who have not seen it as a "bang,bang,shoot 'em up" action film. Yet,don't let what others think of it trick you. As said by another reviewer,"First Blood" is a classic.

Based off of the 1972 novel by David Morell,"First Blood" is about a former green beret of the Vietnam War,John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone). Despite the fact that John Rambo gave a strong service to America during the years that he fought in Vietnam,lately,Rambo finds his life falling apart. This is something that has personally torn John Rambo apart.

And then,one day,things take a turn for the worse. This is when John Rambo is arrested by a sheriff in a small Alaska town(Hope),Will Teasle(Brian Dennehey)for vagrancy. Shortly thereafter,before John Rambo knows it,his patience and mental state are being put to a test. The result? John Rambo escaping from the police and launching a one-man war against them and the national guard. The only person who can help everyone get through it all? Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna),a close friend of John Rambo who served with Rambo in Vietnam.

Let's talk about "First Blood" on the whole. Similar to 1988's "Die Hard" and 1993's "The Fugitive","First Blood" is one of the most well-written and adapted films (despite the several differences between the film and the novel). Not only is the action in "First Blood" perfect for any action film,it is quite suspenseful. It is not in the script just for the sake of being there. It is in the script because it needs to be there. The action in "First Blood" works well into the script,and is only to be found where it belongs.

There is a lot of good drama and chemistry in "First Blood",as well. On top of everything that John Rambo has gone through in his life being richly executed drama that fits in well with the action in "First Blood",the scenes with the action are not just action scenes. They are scenes that contain action,drama,and chemistry. This is due to viewers of "First Blood" being able to watch John Rambo fight the Police and the National Guard with not only his weapons,but at the same time,his mind. The acting is in top shape,also. All of the actors in "First Blood" succeed in understanding their characters and bringing their characters to life with their performances. Especially Sylvester Stallone. Will Stallone ever have the presence and respect in Hollywood that actors like Paul Newman,Al Pacino,and Robert De Niro,plus several others,have earned and achieved? Surely and probably,no. But,in his performance as John Rambo,Stallone executes the drama that his performance requires. At the same time,Stallone does not fail to let the action in "First Blood" to be entertaining. He gives it the kind of action you would expect to see in any film that is reminiscent of "First Blood" ("Lethal Weapon","Die Hard",etc.). All of this is what helps "First Blood" fully come together,and make it the great film that it is.

Overall,a must see-film for fans of not only action films,but for fans of crime drama films,as well.

10/10

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