1982 movie about John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran


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"First Blood is a 1982 action thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam War veteran, with Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) as his nemesis and Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) as his former commander and only ally. It was released on October 22, 1982. Based on David Morrell's 1972 novel of the same name, it was the first of the Rambo series. Unlike the sequels, which were war adventure films set in foreign countries, First Blood was more of a post-Vietnam War psychological thriller set in the United States. First Blood is somewhat less gory and violent than the sequels. ..."

Cast and Crew

Sylvester StalloneJohn Rambo
Sylvester StalloneCo-screenwriter

Video Products

First Blood (1982), 23 Nov 2004
First Blood [Blu-ray] (1982), 6 Feb 2007


First Blood [Rambo] (1982)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video
"This film addresses the unfair treatment of Vietnam veterans by portraying one of them as a forgotten hero. Just as important, it also addresses the subject of police harassment of individuals based on appearance. As the story begins, a peaceful but scruffy Rambo is arrested by a small-town sheriff on a trumped up charge of vagrancy. The sheriff arrests hime because he doesn't like his Vietnam vet appearance. Rambo offers mild resistance to the arrest, so the sheriff's deputies beat and abuse him."