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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:
A Vietnam Veteran uses his combat skills against the lawman of a small town when they arrest and abuse him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A hell of a film.* * * * * See more (342 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:
During the scene when Rambo, on the stolen motorcycle, is being chased by the police, the stuntman representing Sheriff Teasel who was driving the patrol car (Bennie E. Dobbins) suffered a broken back (a compression lumbar fracture) as a result of a seventy mile per hour first take that launched the car to a remarkable height on the ramp assisted steep approach to the railway crossing. The vehicle slammed down flat on its chassis, causing the injury to Dobbins, and it rolled several hundred feet further up the road before coming to a stop. When Dobbins opened the door to exit he found himself unable to walk and he fell to the ground. This original high jump and landing was re-shot and replaced in the final cut, with a more modest and believable car jump and landing, using a different car (and stunt driver).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The American flag shoulder patches on the sheriff's right shoulder are facing the wrong way.See more »
Quotes:
[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 »
Soundtrack:
IT'S A LONG ROADSee more »

FAQ

Why was Colonel Trautman on Sheriff Teasle's side?
How did it end in the novel?
What happened in the film's original ending and why was it changed?
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175 out of 231 people found the following review useful.
A hell of a film.* * * * *, 24 November 2004
Author: David Slicer (davidslicer69@yahoo.com) from Amherst, Massachusetts

The character of John Rambo became more popular in films such as "Rambo:First Blood,Part II" and "Rambo III".The character were treated like a comic book hero spawning action figures and a short lived animated series which lasted only a short while.There are not that many people who has heard of the Rambo character.He's well known through out,but today's generation would have been lucky to catch him on VHS or DVD.Back in 1982 when the character of John Rambo was introduced to movie screens,filmgoers were dealing with a character that was not displayed as an action icon,but a man who had a lot of demons within him.The best thing about "First Blood" is that John Rambo is not portrayed as an action hero.He is portrayed more as a man.A man who is haunted by memories of the Vietnam War.Sylvester Stallone plays the character of John Rambo very convincingly and Director Ted Kotcheff brings out the story to an effective scale allowing us to see the action through the character's eyes.Violence in films are the main aspects in film today.Or at least one of.It's fun to watch a violent film,but the violence in this film was not filmed to thrill the audience,but to make us understand what John Rambo is going through.I have these memories of first watching this film twenty years ago when I was twelve."First Blood" doesn't deal with CGI nor does it deal with special effects.It deals or tries to deal really hard on what is real.I like "First Blood" because I understand the character.He feels that society is against him and he is angry.A lot of films there is only one villain where as in this one society is the villain.That is according to Rambo.Actually,there is one villain named Sheriff Teasle played by Brian Dennehy.He and Rambo seemed to clash against each other and Ted Kotcheff let's us experience these two men go at it.I liked how the film shows Rambo trying to survive out in the woods while the guards are in hunting him when in turn he is hunting them creating these traps putting these officers in painful situations.The best thing about "First Blood" is that we know that John Rambo was in the Vietnam War and was trained to kill,yet,he doesn't kill a single human in the film on purpose.The killing of Galt was accidental and was deserving according to my eyes.This film is the best in the Rambo series because I understand the character and I understand why he is acting violent."First Blood" doesn't bring us John Rambo,the action hero but John Rambo,a regular man with a lot of demons he must face."First Blood" is the best of the Rambo series.

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