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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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Cast verified as complete

Shingleton (as David Crowley)
Preston (as Don Mackay)
Pilot (as Chuck Tamburro)
Radio Operator (as Craig Wright Huston)
Patrick Stack ...
Lt. Clinton Morgen
Guardsman #1
Raimund Stamm ...
Guardsman #2
Robert Metcalfe ...
Guardsman #3
Guardsman #4
Guardsman #5
Earl Klein ...
Guardsman #6
Peter Lonstrup ...
TV Reporter
Donald Adams ...
Guard C.O.
David Menzies ...
Frank Richter ...
Man on Street #1
Grahman L. Galativk ...
Man on Street #2
Ian Hutchinson ...
Man on Street #3
Amy Alexander ...
Woman on Street
R.G. Miller ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
VC Commander (uncredited)
Vietnamese Prostitute (uncredited)
Robert Prowse ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Bobby - Base Camp Radio Operator (uncredited)

Directed by

Ted Kotcheff

Written by

David Morrell ... (based on the novel by)
Michael Kozoll ... (screenplay by) &
William Sackheim ... (screenplay by) and
Sylvester Stallone ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

Buzz Feitshans ... producer
Mario Kassar ... executive producer
Herb Nanas ... co-executive producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)

Music by

Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

Andrew Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Joan E. Chapman ... (as Joan Chapman)

Editorial Department

Michael Smith ... assistant editor (as Mike Smith)
Pamela Jule Yuen ... assistant editor (as Pamela Yuen)

Casting By

Toni Howard
Lynn Stalmaster

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)
Renato Casaro ... poster designer (uncredited)
Drew Struzan ... poster artist (uncredited)
Elmar Theissen ... scenic painter (uncredited)
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 ... re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell ... 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)
B.J. Clayden ... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Nichols II ... sound recordist (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


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) / 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)

Location Management

Fitch Cady ... unit location: second unit
Gordon Mark ... unit location manager

Music Department

Dan Hill ... singer
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator
Hal Shaper ... lyrics by
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Bruce Botnick ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor (uncredited)
Greg Ladanyi ... music engineer (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
National Philharmonic Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)
Alan Snelling ... music engineer (uncredited) / recorded and mixed by (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Bob Bowe ... driver captain
Scott Irvine ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

Lorraine Baird ... assistant auditor
Lesley Beale ... craft service / first aid
Jean Bereziuk ... script: second unit (as Jean Berezuik)
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
Doug Leaf ... animal trainer
Jimmy Lile ... knife designer: Arkansas Knifesmith
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)


Justis Greene ... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 Keywords
Taglines One war against one man. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Rambo: First Blood (United States)
  • Rambo (Japan, English title)
  • Rambo I (France)
  • Rambo (France)
  • Rambo (Germany)
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  • 93 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,642,005, 24 Oct 1982
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $125,212,904

Did You Know?

Trivia The large piece of rotten canvas that Rambo finds in the woods and cuts into a makeshift coat was in fact not a movie prop, but a real piece of rotten canvas found by the film crew during the movie's production. Since there was only one piece, Sylvester Stallone joked about how the canvas became a treasured prop on the set. After filming ended, Stallone kept the rotten canvas and still has it in his possession to this very day. See more »
Goofs When Rambo is racing down the pavement on the motorcycle, shouting "get out of the way" to terrified pedestrians, his mouth indicates he is shouting "fucking move it". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'First Blood' (1982). See more »
Soundtracks It's a Long Road See more »
Quotes Trautman: You did everything to make this private war happen. You've done enough damage. This mission is over, Rambo. Do you understand me? This mission is over! Look at them out there! Look at them! If you won't end this now, they will kill you. Is that what you want? It's over Johnny. It's over!
Rambo: Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they? Unless they've been me and been there and know what the hell they're yelling about!
Trautman: It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It's all in the past now.
Rambo: For *you*! For me civilian life is nothing! In the field we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours. Back here there's nothing!
Trautman: You're the last of an elite group, don't end it like this.
Rambo: Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million dollar equipment, back here I can't even hold a job *parking cars*!
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