Rambo - First Blood details
|Starring:||Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats|
Rambo - First Blood
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Jul 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish|
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High Noon for the Reagan eraBy alrose (26 reviews) from Manchester , 23 Oct 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]To his Mum he's John, to his Dad simply J, but to the rest of us, this one man fighting machine is known only as... Rambo. Based on David Morrell's Novel, and directed by Ted Kotcheff, First Blood sees Rambo back from Vietnam and searching; searching for answers. Rambo has become a vagabond, a Green Beret in a country that doesn't care and doesn't want him there.
First Blood is Kotcheff's Reaganite response to High Noon, just as Rio Bravo was for Howard Hawks, only this time we have moved forward 30 years and small town America isn't like it use to be. Brian Dennehy stars as the Sheriff Will Teasle, hell bent on keeping the peace, being Gary Cooper. But this is post Vietnam, Reagan era film making, the establishment can no longer be Gary Cooper, the Establishment turned into Lee Van Cleef. Rambo is the one man army, he doesn't want to kill, he doesn't want to be pushed around, he just wants to eat. But the Sheriff and his establishemnt soon find out what happens when you stop a wild animal from eating and this is where Rambo replaces small town America for Small town Vietnam.
After some one-sided scuffles we realise the Establishment can't handle the starving beast, the beast who seeks peace. So an unwanted visitor arrives, promises to help, knows Rambo inside out, taught him everything he knows, can put the beast back on the straight -and-narrow, in comes Colonel Samuel Trautman; but in classic fashion they don't want to listen to Uncle Sam, small town Vietnam can handle their own problems and small town Vietnam want to handle their own problems. The small town forgot it was Uncle Sam who created Rambo and its Uncle Sam who must stop Rambo.
First Blood is action, it's gung ho, it's sentimental and at times it's absurd but it is Rambo at his best. Before Afghanistan and Burma, before the pen was truly replaced by the sword and Rambo became invincible, First Blood is a great tonic to these heady times. Sit back, enjoy and watch Uncle Sam control his beast.
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Great film - book's ending betterBy a customer , 06 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIt might be weird to say this but watching people suffering from post-traumatic stress makes great cinema (I'm looking forward to PTA's 'The Master.') First Blood is the classic example of one man's slow deterioration into suicide (in the book). The thing that actually disappointing me was that he doesn't die at the end.
Surprisingly moving and soberingBy takeocyber (27 reviews) , 14 Aug 2013I thought First Blood was a decent action thriller with a surprisingly moving and sobering final scene. What an underrated actor Stallone is.
An gritty all time gemBy funentertainment (44 reviews) , 18 Feb 2013First blood 1982 . This is an 80s classic thats fresh in a way of adventure , all the 80s elemants are in this and stallone is great .This classic is suspenfull and adventurouse the actings good here .Great all time classic sensasional . 15 certificate for / strong graphic voilence and abuse / language may be scary .
They drew First Blood!!By Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 16 Jul 2012Vietnam veteran goes to remote town to see war buddy, tragic news, goes into town for food, Sheriff doesnt like his kind, escorts vet out of town, vet comes back into town, Dont Push it!
Still surprisingly enjoyable action romp with Stallone setting a benchmark in the early 80s for what was to come.
The story works and isnt too far-fetched with the small town bumbling law enforcers being torn apart by a one-man army, headed up by the excellent Brian Dennehey.
Stallone doesnt say much but is believable as the damaged and disappointed John Rambo and looks the part complete with iconic headband and M60.
The music for most of the film is really well done but let down by a horrendous song at the end which sounds like something from Team America!
a true 80s action classicBy a customer from Fife, Scotland , 03 Mar 2012a timeless classic - not for homosexuals or women though
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