In honor of Friday's release of The Expendables, we're taking a week-long look at the action films of Sir Sylvester Stallone -- which is to say we're skipping his comedies. Out of respect.

Title: First Blood

Setting: A small town in Washington

Our hero: John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a super-muscular former Green Beret and POW from the Vietnam War who's on shaky mental ground to begin with. He goes to find his old buddy Delmore Barry, but learns that Delmore died from Agent Orange-related cancer. Then Rambo wanders the area aimlessly until he meets...

Our villain/s: Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy), who hassles Rambo for looking like a scummy drifter and then arrests him for having an unlicensed weapon on his person, and his crew of nasty police force cronies who taunt and beat up Rambo once he's in custody.
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