Overall Rank: 542
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 420
Theatrical Release Date: 10/22/1982
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett
Plot: A Vietnam vet starts a war with a small town after being told he wasn't welcome there.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/25/2022
It's flat out unbelievable, but "First Blood" is a thrilling chase film held down by Stallone's commitment and the movie's surprisingly dark message about the treatment of vets abandoned by their country.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/11/2014
John Rambo: [Got Teasle by the throat with a knife]"Let it go, let it go". The story is about a Vietnam vet starts a war with a small town after being told he wasn't welcome there. First blood is a spectacular action film that doesn't need women to strip off or mindless action for the viewers. This movie has heart and remediable characters that have a meaning to this movie. I felt really sorry John Rambo because he lost his best friend and his got nowhere to stay, and his past still haunt's about Vietnam and how it effect's him.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/11/2011
There's not much to the explosive premise and plot, but Sylvester Stallone wrings every ounce of machismo into his portrayal of a bad-ass war veteran looking for revenge. The film takes more of a brooding pace, but when the film's action scenes strike, they strike hard.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/29/2012
Some times a sequel can take the concept of the original film and expand and elaborate on it in interesting ways. Others are just soulless, hulking abominations that suck the life out of the original until you forget that it was actually quite good. In First Blood Sly does what he does best as another stoic everyman (lets face it, when it comes to Stallone's performances, the less he says the better) who reverts to his survivalist training when persecuted by an arrogant and egotistical small town sheriff. There's no point in over-intellectualizing it, this is no analogy or "message" about the treatment of American soldiers in the aftermath of Vietnam. It is merely a tautly directed and well executed action thriller. Brian Dennehy is great as the hick sheriff who lets his ego get in the …
Mike - wrote on 02/25/2009
“They drew first blood not me." This line alone sums up the entire film. If they just left Rambo alone, he would have walked through the small town, and no harm would have came to anybody. But alas, this is not how things pan out in this superb action film.
First blood is a movie about a Vietnam War Vet who comes home from the war and realizes that he is the only one from his group that survived. All of his real friends died in the war, and now he has nothing left. So as he’s drifting through a town he gets stopped by a cop that offers to drive him to where he wants to go. Rambo gets in and asks if there’s anyplace he can get something to eat. The cop says he can go 30 miles up the highway. What ensues is Rambo getting dropped off, he heads back, the cop stops him, arrests him, …
chiggles - wrote on 05/31/2008
John Rambo is a disoriented Vietnam Vet. He is hitchhiking from town to town to see friends from the war. A sheriff tries to make him leave town and when he refuses, arrests him for vagrancy. While in jail, a deputy takes delight in abusing him. Rambo escapes showing his old Vietnam fighting skills and takes to the woods as the sheriff and deputies try and find him in his element. Things get out of hand as Colonel Trautman Rambo's old commander appears to shed light on the situation.
First Blood is the definition of action movies. The well known character of John Rambo is an icon the film world, as he has had 3 sequels and plenty of little knock offs and such to compensate for the star. So now a days, when I watch action movies, I tend to think about what happened to them. In the …
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