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First Blood (1982)

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Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

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Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This time he's fighting for his life. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,212,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,212,904
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Will Teasle is a Sheriff. In David Morrell's novel he is the Chief of Police. See more »

Goofs

When the owner of the dogs has been shot you can still hear more than 1 dog barking, even though the other 2 are already dead. See more »

Quotes

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

West German VHS release (by Marketing) was cut by 1.5 minutes. See more »

Connections

Followed by Rambo III (1988) 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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After almost a quarter of a century it's still a great movie!
7 September 2006 | by heracles74See all my reviews

I totally agree with the comments of a previous reviewer who said that Sylvester Stallone is greatly underestimated as an actor. I wouldn't go as far as calling him the best actor that Hollywood has ever had, but he IS so much better than a lot of people say that he is. In my opinion Stallone shouldn't make comedies, but when it comes to action movies (Rambo, Rocky, Cobra, etc.) he's definitely one of the best! Rambo was a sensational movie in the 80's, but every time that I see it nowadays I'm amazed by the fact that it is actually a very good, original story. Brian Dennehy really shows his acting skills as well, leaving the audience confused whether to have sympathy for the character that he plays or to hate the character. First Blood is a movie filled with action. Like all the action movies from the 1980's "First Blood" also tends to become slightly over the top in the end. Still I gave it a 10/10 for the simple fact that I wanted to compensate for the people who "underrate" this movie. Normally I would give this movie an "8". If it had not been for the action scenes that are over the top this movie could even have scored a bit higher!


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