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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Excellent movie!!By papanii (60 reviews) from Cambridge , 09 Sep 2009A smashing movie from Rambo....
Good, Dumb FunBy Andrew from Lancashire , 03 Sep 2009If I'd have seen this at the time of its release I imagine I'd have loved it. However, having only seen it for the first time recently, it all just seems silly. Fortunately though, it's silly in a good way - fast paced, inventive, stupidly OTT and full of dumb action. The actual plot made absolutely no sense and was really just an excuse to have Stallone skulk around in a forest being a one man hunting machine. And he does it brilliantly with a thankful lack of dialog (until his long and rather embarrassing speech at the end). It's not made me eager to watch any of the sequels but it's a good, entertaining stand-alone film in its own right.
first bloodBy carlos111 (1 review) from Kidderminster , 11 Aug 2009good film worth watching i think one of only films that get better each one they bring out not worse
Rambo - Better than I expected!By victoriab (5 reviews) from UK , 07 Aug 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is a good all round action/violence film, with no real point, but is alot better than I ever thought it was going to be! A bit random in places - I liked the motorbike encounter and the transformation from man to machine! Nothing like the newest Rambo film, so well worth a watch even if you hated the new one!
RamboBy a customer from Stoke-on-Trent , 16 Apr 2009Typical action film.
Very good if a little dated.
Better than some of his other films anyway.
A good action tale if you like that kinda thing.