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First Blood (1982)

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A veteran Green Beret is forced by a cruel Sheriff and his deputies to flee into the mountains and wage an escalating one-man war against his pursuers.

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Ted Kotcheff

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David Morrell (based on the novel by), Michael Kozoll (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

John J. Rambo is a former United States Special Forces soldier who fought in Vietnam and won the Congressional Medal of Honor, but his time in Vietnam still haunts him. As he came to Hope, Washington to visit a friend, he was guided out of town by the Sheriff William Teasel who insults Rambo, but what Teasel does not know that his insult angered Rambo to the point where Rambo became violent and was arrested. As he was at the county jail being cleaned, he escapes and goes on a rampage through the forest to try to escape from the sheriffs who want to kill him. Then, as Rambo's commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to save both the Sheriff's department and Rambo before the situation gets out of hand. Written by John Wiggins

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A one man war. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rambo: First Blood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,642,005, 24 October 1982

Gross USA:

$47,212,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,212,904
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Calley at Warner Bros. spent 125,000 dollars to acquire the project from Columbia. Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro were discussed for the lead and Martin Ritt agreed to direct from a script by Walter Newman, who did three drafts. In this version, both Rambo and the sergeant died, and Trautman, "the true villain of the piece", according to Ritt, was allowed to live. Ritt says he wanted Robert Mitchum to play the Sheriff, and Paul Newman to play Rambo. See more »

Goofs

At 1:17:37, near the start of his rampage in town, Rambo, moving from our right to left rounds an alley corner with a building edge to his immediate right, a 6 foot high wooden fence in the near distance behind his left shoulder, and two Post office boxes, a drop box and a bulk storage box such as a carrier would put excess mail in while he finishes his rounds in front of the wall, under his right elbow. At 1:19:40, the film editor flipped that shot, and everything in the shot from 2 minutes earlier is there, just reversed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rambo: Can you tell me if Delmar Berry lives here?
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Alternate Versions

The USA network version has new scenes cut from the original including: a scene after the posse is injured, paramedics putting the posse in ambulances, and Galt's body into a helicopter, just as Kern arrives; an extended conversation between Trautman and Teasle about Rambo taking out his posse; a second extended conversation about the capture of Rambo; a scene where Teasle and Trautman land at the spot where Rambo is "killed". Shortly after, Teasle is congratulated for "killing" Rambo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in True Stories (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Road
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Arranged by David Paich and Marty Paich
Produced by Bruce Botnick
Sung by Dan Hill
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The only good rambo movie
17 November 2004 | by Regalian_CaptainSee all my reviews

How people can call this the worst one of the series or just a bad movie in general is beyond me. The action is actually believable and not something out of a video game. And the storyline is good and paints a good picture of life in America after the Vietnam war. Following the tale of the best of the best it is certainly not the best but very good. Better yet is the laughs that come from watching the bad cops get theirs. The only I have to complain about this movie is that the sequels were atrocious and painful. This is often looked over excellent movie that puts many other in the genre to shame. Many of you who find it boring are just gore junkies who thrive off of cheap explosions and a plethora of bullets in the air. Take it for a man trying to survive, not bringing down a whole army.


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