icon Film Profile: First Blood - (1982)
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7.0/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"This time he's fighting for his life."


  • Director: Ted Kotcheff
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
  • Studio: Orion Pictures
  • Duration: 110 Mins

Two jingoistic sequels reduced Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) to an indestructible cartoon figure, but this first film in the series is an involving action drama about an ostracised loner pushed too far. Brian Dennehy is on fine snarling form as a bigoted small-town sheriff, the catalyst for a woodland cat-and-mouse chase in which his battle-hardened quarry quickly assumes the feline role. The warfare is tautly assembled by director Ted Kotcheff and Stallone portrays Rambo with enough wounded conviction to forgive some of his increasingly far-fetched escapes. It's a shame that Richard Crenna, as Rambo's revered colonel, is little more than a know-all caricature and that the film's initial message about the lack of understanding bestowed on returning soldiers becomes lost among the trail of destruction. Yet there is a thread of humanity here that went missing in action during his later missions.
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Cast List:
John Rambo : Sylvester Stallone
Colonel Trautman : Richard Crenna
Sheriff Will Teasle : Brian Dennehy
Mitch : David Caruso
Galt : Jack Starrett
Balford : Michael Talbott
Captain Dave Kern, State Police : Bill McKinney
Deputy Ward : Chris Mulkey

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