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Jenny Bellows
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Sheriff Jethro Pough
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Cecil 'Cece' Grant
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Deputy Dave
Taylor Lacher ...
Sarge
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Homer (as Cliff Pellow)
Ben Bates ...
Big Ben
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Bubba
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Joe (as Benny Dobbins)
Bobby Hughes ...
Bobby Bellows
A.J. Blake ...
Sally the Barmaid
Melanie Weeks ...
Counter Girl
Patrick Connolly ...
Gas Station Attendant
Bob Peeler ...
Farmer at Fair
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Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society. When Kyle, unkempt and in dirty fatigues, stops in a small town for some food, the local bullies can't wait for an opportunity to harass him. After Kyle uses his Special Forces training to escape the bullies, he becomes the subject of a community-wide manhunt. Only Jenny Bellows, a local girl whose husband was declared missing in action in Vietnam, is willing to give Kyle a chance. Written by Anonymous

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On the long lonely journey from a past he wanted to forget, to the uncertain future which awaited, he wanted to be left alone... but only she understood. So if they wanted trouble, there was bound to be a ruckus. See more »

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Big Ruckus in a Small Town  »

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Writer Max Kleven intended the part of young Bobby Bellows to be played by his son. However, his son said that he didn't want to do it, so instead Kleven cast a neighbour's son in the role. See more »

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Shots of Kyle driving red pick-up that he escapes in are shown mirrored back-to-front in several shots - the steering wheel is clearly on the wrong side. See more »

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Jenny Bellows: There're some men coming for you. They say you're dangerous, are you dangerous?
[Kyle gets up holding a knife, walks past her]
Jenny Bellows: Wait, my dad, Mr. Bellows is with them, I can talk to him.
Kyle Hanson: They tried to lock me up. I can't handle that.
Jenny Bellows: Well don't run! Those men out there are all hunters! They're just looking to shoot at something.
Kyle Hanson: I can handle that.
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PLEASE DON'T PLAY A-11
Written by Hank Cochran
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The REAL first Rambo movie
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read "First Blood" I told everyone what a tremendous movie it would make. Imagine my surprise when I watched this movie. The hero's name was different but there was no doubt that this was the same story. Linda Blair had been added as a love interest but the battle against the small town sheriff by a disturbed Vietnam vet was definitely the story of John Rambo later made famous by Sylvester Stallone. I have spent years trying to convince others that this movie existed. It didn't help that I forgot its name. Fortunately I did remember it starred Dirk Benedict. Although not a great movie, it does satisfy the "machismo" ethos. In a way, Stallone's version was a let down. The book has a much grimmer ending than either movie. If Stallone-Rambo had suffered the fate portrayed in the book there could have been no sequels.


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