First Blood (1982)

First Blood (1982, USA) C-97m. SCOPE ** D: Ted Kotcheff. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett, Michael Talbott, David Caruso. Stallone plays a vietnam vet returning to his home country, who is hassled by officer Dennehy and the local police force so much that he is transported back into the traumatic time in Vietnam. He escapes from the police station and hides out in the woods, his special training making it almost impossible for the cops to catch him. Incredibly dumb action thriller somehow made it to cult status, probably thanks to Stallone's tense performance. Watchable, but rather dull. Stallone also coscripted, from the novel by David Morrell. Score by Jerry Goldsmith. Known simply as RAMBO in many other countries. Followed by RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985), RAMBO III (1988) and a TV series in 1986.


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