Download First Blood

First Blood

This time he's fighting for his life.
First Blood
When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.
Title First Blood
Release Date 1982-10-22
Genres Action Adventure Thriller War
Production Companies Orion Pictures, Carolco Pictures, Anabasis N.V., Elcajo Productions
Production Countries United States of America


John Chard
It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It's all in the past now. First Blood is directed by Ted Kotcheff and adapted by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim and Sylvester Stallone, from the novel written by David Morrell. It stars Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney and Jack Starrett. Cinematography is by Andrew Laszlo and the music scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Locations for the shoot were in British Columbia. John Rambo (Stallone), ex Vietnam war veteran, wanders into small town Oregon and is met with hostility by Sheriff Will Teasle (Dennehy). Arrested for a trumped up charge of vagrancy, Rambo is subjected to rough house treatment by Teasle and his staff. Fuelled by the haunted images of his time in Vietnam, Rambo breaks out of custody and makes for the hills, with Teasle and the force in hot pursuit. But this is terrain made for Rambo, an expert soldier trained to survive and kill, it's a war, Rambo versus the rest. The character of John Rambo would slip into pop culture and forever be associated with cartoon excess. By his own admission, Stallone himself felt they dropped the ball after the original film, and he's right. However, First Blood is often wrongly lumped in as part of that excessive package, because it's a film well worthy of revisits to see just how well it holds up as a taut and tense thriller. A film led by the bold theme of showing just how badly some of America's soldiers were received upon returning from Vietnam. First Blood delves deeper into the psyche of one such soldier whilst casting a caustic eye over small town Americana. The makers rarely let up on the troubling thematics at work, developing Rambo with clinical strokes as the plot unfolds, the trick in the tail being that the audience are firmly on his side as he goes about bringing his Vietnam to the picturesque place the locals call home. By 1982, it seems, America was on the side of the soldier. Stallone is a perfect fit for the role, his physicality unquestionable, he brings the brood and pain to Rambo like few actors of his ilk ever could. The sarcastic may point to his lack of dialogue hardly constituting a great acting performance, that's rot, because this is a fine character portrayal by Stallone. Dennehy is on fine form as the brutish bully Sheriff who just couldn't leave Rambo alone, while in the support ranks McKinney and Starrett leave good impressions. The interesting casting comes with Crenna as Rambo's "maker", Col. Samuel Trautman. The role was Kirk Douglas' hook line and sinker, but he wanted a different script and insisted that the film end the same way as the novel. In the end the makers just couldn't give in to his requests and he walked at the last minute. In stepped Crenna to put a bit of father figure pathos into Trautman, and subsequently earning himself a three picture deal and a place in pop culture in the process. It's also a film that's photographed with great skill by Lazlo. He captures the British Columbia mountains and forests with beautiful scope, but in keeping with the tone of the film his colour palette is suitably grey and green. Goldsmith provides an effective score, particularly when the narrative is focusing on Rambo's alienation, while the stunt work is very impressive. Even if we drift away from the theme of the piece, it still works extremely well as an action movie drama, be it motorcycle/helicopter pursuits, or jungle warfare, First Blood pumps the blood frequently. All neatly constructed by the director of Weekend at Bernie's! On release it grabbed the attention and became a monster box office hit Worldwide, today it still stands as a damn great movie, and you know what? Stallone and co were right and Kirk Douglas was wrong. 9/10

Leave a Review?

You must be registered and logged in to submit your review.

Recently Searched

Longevity Annuity Loyola University Chicago Pick Pocket Proof Pants Hillary Clinton Avengers Infinity War Screenwriters Insist Ldquo The Deaths Are Real Yucca Valley California Tvshow Op7voxlboyg Bonefish Winter Garden How Did We End Up Here Winter Garden Best Buy Philly Com Store A Whole New Way Of Getting Around Your Phone Launch The Distance Insights Project 4 Metal Ornament Christmas Tree Tvshow Hollywood Star Will 5 This One From Dennis Michael Lynch Valentina Shevchenko Thank You Guys So Much For Coming Out In The Rain This Morning Hong Kong And Gallery Owner Sin Sin Man S Bali Bolt Hole Movies Is Trump Driving Women Away From The Gop For Good Drake 2 And 1 Gt 1 Making The Grade What S Lacking In Apple S Deployment Clear Ballot S New Technology World Cup Fixtures Results And Coverage Can T Fix Stupid Jon Favreau Accidentally Reminds Everyone Why Dems Re The User Tracking Parts People Redeemerlasvegas Com 22121121121212 1 Brandlibrary Org Featuring Lgbtq Levi S Employees Arpita Khan Sharma Six Game Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Ebay Postdeliverycrowdsale Thenatureplace Com Expat Homes Coupling Up In Toa Payoh 20 To 40 Percent Tickets Here Tvshow Alleged Sexual Assault David Pogue Tested 47 Pill Reminder Apps To Find The Best One 2 Or 1 2 10downingstreet Pieces Of A Man Europe And Others Attended A Rally In August Hmsme3t98ie Christmas Trees Lights Country Music Association S Choice For Song Of The Year Borrowers Have Had A Hard Time Tvshow Festival Of Lights 2999999 1 Union Select Unhex Hex Version And 1 1 Usdebtclock Org 6dollarshirts Com Why Doesn T Everyone Wear Seat Belts In N H The Next Open Forge Event At Philippe Ravenel S Galba Forge Help There Is Value In Follower Count And Nbsp Posted Pedestrian Numbers For Wyoming This Fall Niti Armistead Md Im Going In Drake Featuring Lil Wayne Young Jeezy Html Arsenal Went On To Win The Game 4 2 Local Guides Program May 18 2018 At 7 29 Am 628 Ldquo Snake Rdquo As Lou Williams Wrote On Twitter Castles Dailycamera Com 4 Christmas Tree Shops Erie Pa Just Three And A Half Vitamix Explorian Blender Professional Grade So Sick Ne Yo Html Automated Smart Contract Jamaal Williams Band S Official Site 2 Quot Or 1 2 Select From Select Name Const Char Christmas Tree Far Julie Zauzmer And Michelle Boorstein A Curb Stomping Of Arkansas In Week 6 2 Daddy S Amazon Prime Uk What S New In April 2018 Axios S Nbsp David Mccabe 8mpbr6cbwi4 Expensive Christmas Trees Tvshow Qualcomm S Aptx What Did Rochelle Humes Say 24 Lyor Cohen Says Youtube Has A Lsquo Fundamental Misunderstanding With All Five Of His Best Bets As Reported On Nbsp Lt Em The Pew Research Center 3 Only The Option To Play Music On Lsquo Shuffle Mode Get The Deluxe Edition Digital Nbsp From Amazon For 70 Mob Rule Dr Dennis Gross Dew Holiday Right Set Vanderbilt Commodores Been Lifted Ldquo Protean Origins Rdquo Contained Elements Of Point And Shoot Bried War The Spirit Behind Bali S Natural Sea Salt 2 Quot Gives Away A Key Goal Michael Barbieri Ii Toys Who Killed The Rhoden Family Intel S 300 Million Dollar Diversity Initiative For More Special Coverage Of Mike Pence And The Inauguration Click Her Pic Twitter Com N6ael4esds Global Citizen India Coldsearch Html Raise The Minimum Wage To 15 An Hour