• First Blood (1982)

First Blood

Release Date: 1982

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 1998

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Vietnam veteran and drifter John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into a small Washington town in search of an old friend, but is met with intolerance and brutality by the local sheriff, Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When Teasle and his deputies restrain and shave Rambo, he flashes back to his time as a prisoner of war and unleashes his fury on the officers. He narrowly escapes the manhunt, but it will take his former commander (Richard Crenna) to save the hunters from the hunted.

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Jack Starrett, Michael Talbot, David L. Crowley, Chris Mulkey

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Genres: Adventure , Action

Production Co: Elcajo Productions, Anabasis N.V.

Keywords: Escape, Gripping, 1980s, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 authority) but also by Crenna and Brian Dennehy, as the police chief. show more

  • 80
    IGN

    First Blood is not the Rambo movie we initially think of when the character is mentioned. No, it’s much better than that. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The darker tone, somber subtext, and generally non-exploitative violence allow viewers to enjoy the film not only as an action/thriller but as something with a degree of intelligence and substance. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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