Rambo: First Blood

Anabasis N.V. / Elcajo Productions Released 1982


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Rambo: First Blood

Movie Summary

Ted Kotcheff

John Rambo is a no-nonsense Vietnam War veteran who has had trouble recovering from the horrors of war and finds himself caught in a bloody war in his home country, fighting against the citizens he once defended overseas. Rambo belonged to an elite Special Forces unit during the war. Since coming home, he hasn't been able to find a place for himself. People are put off by his demeanor, and the other soldiers from his outfit-the only people who might understand him are all dead or dying. Rambo wanders into the town of Hope, Washington, where the local sheriff quickly takes a disliking to him on account of his drifter style. When the sheriff's brutish deputy pushes Rambo too hard, Rambo automatically snaps into his survival skills. Pretty soon, the misunderstood war hero is on the run from the law in the Washington wilderness, fighting for his life against an enemy that won't take the time to understand him.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Until the last twenty or thirty minutes, however, First Blood is a very good movie, well-paced, and well-acted not only by Stallone (who invests an unlikely character with great au...

  • 75

    TV Guide Magazine

    Boasting some of the best use of rugged landscape since the westerns of Anthony Mann, First Blood is an effective, if outlandish, picture that exists merely for its big-screen thri...

  • 40


    Director Ted Kotcheff has all sorts of trouble with this mess, aside from credibility. Supposedly, the real villain here is society itself, which invented a debacle like Vietnam an...

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mitch: There were three of us on him in the cell block down there. He went through us like we weren't even there.

    • Lester: Listen Will, you sure picked one hell of a guy to mess around with. This came over the teletype a few minutes ago. John Rambo is a Vietnam vet. He's a green beret. Congressional Medal of Honor. Guy's a war hero.

    • Rambo: (Rambo has a knife to Teasle's throat after taking out his men) I could have killed them all. I could have killed you. In town, you're the law. Out here, it's me. Don't push it. Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe.

    • Teasle: Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?
      Trautman: God didn't make Rambo. I made him.

    • Trautman: You don't seem to want to accept you're dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare. With a man who's the best with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather. To live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill. Period. Win by attrition. Well, Rambo was the best.

    • Rambo: (talking with Trautman) We were in this bar in Saigon, and this kid comes up, this kid carrying a shoeshine box. And he says, uh, "Shine, please. Shine." I said no. he kept asking. And Joey said yeah. And I went to get a couple of beers. And the box is wired. And he opened up the box. F****** blew his body all over the place. he's laying there and he's f****** screaming. And, there's pieces of him all over me. And, I'm trying to pull him off, you know, my friend, it's all over me. I've got blood and everything. And I'm trying to hold him together, and put him together. His insides keep coming out.

    • Teasle: Yeah, what about you Colonel? What did you figure out from all of this, huh? I mean what would you have done with him, if he came in? Would you wrap your arms around him, give him a big sloppy kiss? Or would you have blown his brains out?
      Trautman: I couldn't answer that until I met him face-to-face.
      Teasle: Yeah. Well, there it is.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $47,212,904 (13th)
      Worldwide Gross - $125,212,904 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $131,039,897
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $347,529,693

    • Taglines:
      1. A one man war.
      2. One war against one man.
      3. This time he's fighting for his life.
      4. He just wanted something to eat.

    • Other production companies:
      Orion Pictures (US distributor)
      Columbia-EMI-Warner (UK distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
      Hope, British Columbia, Canada
      North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      Pitt Lake, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
      Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
      Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    • Music:
      It's a Long Road
      Music by Jerry Goldsmith
      Lyrics by Hal Shaper
      Arranged by David Paich and Marty Paich
      Sung by Dan Hill


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