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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 »
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:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A taut exercise in suspense that bears little relation to its silly sequels... See more (346 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)

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)
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
 
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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Language:
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:
Director Bruce Beresford was offered the script to direct but refused as he felt, at the time, that he wasn't suited to directing an action film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Rambo is hiding on the hillside above the road waiting for an opportunity to jump onto the canvas top of the last truck in the convoy. As that truck approaches the canvas sides are unrolled and "down". Seconds later when he jumps on top, the canvas is rolled "up" halfway. Seconds later as the same truck in shown going down the road the sides are back down.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Rambo:Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pretty Persuasion (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
IT'S A LONG ROADSee more »

FAQ

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97 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
A taut exercise in suspense that bears little relation to its silly sequels..., 10 October 2001
Author: Howlin Wolf from Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.

Surprise, a "Rambo" movie that tries to say something profound about the plight of its main character and his mental state. For the most part it succeeds. Not for this movie the ridiculously oiled pectorals of part II, where Rambo is transformed into a grunting, soul-less killing machine. He actually begins the movie as a fairly nice chap, someone we can sympathise with, and it's his unnecessarily rough treatment at the hands of small-town sheriff Dennehey and his crew that is likely to shift audience sympathies firmly in the direction of the 'misunderstood' Vietnam vet.

Here, Rambo is also a character who is reluctant to kill unless he absolutely has to. A far cry from the eventual homicidal maniac he was to become, who is seemingly responsible for more death than World Wars 1 & 2 combined. So, to those expecting bucketloads of gore and senseless killing, you'd probably be better off watching the news. "First Blood" is actually more akin to those 'survival in the wilderness' programs you might see on the Discovery Channel; with Rambo having to rely more on guile and cunning than brawn and an M-16 to get him out of tricky situations.

That's not to imply that this is boring. Far from it. Director Kotcheff shows a keen awareness of pace, it's never by any means certain that Rambo will survive (if you discount the other films, of course!) and the supporting characters are all wonderfully unsympathetic. Even Trautmann, Rambo's supposed mentor, has a touch of the villain about him for being complicit in the ultimate dehumanisation of Rambo during the war. By far the best character here is played by Dennehey; always watchable, but Stallone too is good; nicely restrained, more "Cop Land" than "Cobra"

Not an action film as such, it sits better as suspense. In that sense, it does exactly what it says on the tin; rendering John Rambo a far more interesting character here than his incarnation in the other two films. That is basically just wet-dream material for inadequate, spotty faced adolescent boys everywhere. This Rambo is recognisably human. Having said that, neither should you view expecting a solemn Vietnam protest movie in the vein of "Platoon" or "The Deer Hunter". It's different in tone and style to the both of those movies, but in my view at least, is better than either of them.



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