First Blood

First Blood

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Director: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy

     
 

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First Blood is the Sylvester Stallone film that unleashed "Rambo" onto an unsuspecting world. Wandering into a small, hostile town, ex-Green Beret John Rambo (Stallone) is targeted for persecution and abuse by potbellied Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When he can stand no more, Rambo goes bonkers, killing a deputy and heading into the surrounding hills,See more details below

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First Blood is the Sylvester Stallone film that unleashed "Rambo" onto an unsuspecting world. Wandering into a small, hostile town, ex-Green Beret John Rambo (Stallone) is targeted for persecution and abuse by potbellied Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When he can stand no more, Rambo goes bonkers, killing a deputy and heading into the surrounding hills, armed to the teeth. Only after Rambo has picked off practically every law enforcement officer within a radius of 50 miles do the local authorities bring in his former commanding officer, Trautman (Richard Crenna), for advice. Trautman's response -- that the locals had better get a lot of body bags ready -- is hardly encouraging. First Blood proved to be one of Stallone's biggest non-Rocky hits. Kirk Douglas had originally been cast as Trautman, but he quit the project when the producers refused to cave in to his demand that Trautman kill Rambo in the finale.

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Before John Rambo became one of the most parodied action figures in film history, known primarily for strafing deserts full of enemies with his machine gun, First Blood introduced him as a hunted dog just trying to stay alive after a wrongful arrest. In a performance mostly free from dialogue, which many agree finds Sylvester Stallone at his best, the actor makes frantic escape an engrossing experience. The film's middle portion is its best, as Rambo sprints through a dense forest, emerging bleeding but intact after many near misses, including the memorable moment when he's forced to leap from the side of a rocky crag, hoping against hope that the evergreens beneath him will provide cushion. That Rambo's survival instincts often involve killing innocent cops is rendered less offensive by the first act, in which he is imprisoned merely for looking sketchy and utterly mishandled by every station of hick cop. A film whose skewed morality is best ignored in favor of veteran action director Ted Kotcheff's finesse with crisp set pieces, First Blood was a hit whose relative subtlety was quickly overshadowed by the box-office bravura and overblown idiocy of its sequels.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/1995
UPC:
0012235128336
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
AVID HOME ENT

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone John Rambo
Richard Crenna Trautman
Brian Dennehy Teasle
David Caruso Mitch
Jack Starrett Galt
Michael Talbott Balford
David Crowley Shingleton
Chris Mulkey Ward
Don Mackay Preston
Alf Humphreys Lester
John McLiam Orval
Bill McKinney Kern
Craig Huston Radio Operator
Frank Tamburo Actor
Charles Tamburro Pilot
David Peterson Trooper
Patrick Stack Lt. Morgan
Stephen E. Miller Guardsman #1
Raimund Stamm Guardsman #2
Robert Metcalfe Guardsman
Stephen Dimopoulos Guardsman #4
Bruce Greenwood Guardsman #5
Mike Winlaw TV Reporter
Donald Adams Guard C.O
Gary Hetherington Hunter
Bruce Barbour Cathcart
Suzee Pai Actor

Technical Credits
Ted Kotcheff Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan E. Chapman Editor
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Toni Howard Casting
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Michael Kozoll Screenwriter
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
G. Moonblood Screenwriter
Herb Nanas Producer
Thom Noble Editor
Tom Noble Editor
Stéphane Reichel Art Director
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
William Sackheim Screenwriter
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

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