RELEASED 1982 RUNTIME 93 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION TED KOTCHEFF SCREENPLAY MICHAEL KOZOLL, WILLIAM SACKHEIM, SYLVESTER STALLONE STARRING SYLVESTER STALLONE, RICHARD CRENNA, BRIAN DENNEHY, BILL McKINNEY, JACK STARRETT, MICHAEL TALBOTT MUSIC JERRY GOLDSMITH
First Blood (also known as Rambo: First Blood) stars Sylvester Stallone as a drifting Vietnam veteran who returns to US border and is trying to find a new life outside the battlefield with all his friends and people who he cares about gone.
What he didn’t realize is that public opinion has turned against soldiers like himself who have fought in Vietnam and makes him a target for harassment by the police that escalates and puts him on the wanted list in a small US town.
Let’s be honest here guys. When reading the title of this movie you may have thought, oh that’s gonna be some stupid over the top action film. I’m gonna somewhat disagree with you here because, while it is an action film, there is way more to it that you may be thinking (unless you have watched the movie).
This movie is deep man! No, it’s not Schindler’s List deep, but it’s deep and it has a lot to say about the Vietnam trauma and public perception of the war itself and their soldiers who have been loosing their life for it.
It deals with the struggle that Vietnam veterans faced when coming back home. They have been mistreated by the public. Of course they have done bad things on the battlefield. But it’s war. They have been trying to survive this war which was absolutely brutal and had no right of being there in the first place. These soldiers have been facing total brutality which has damaged them for life.
The idea behind the Rambo franchise is that it gives these soldiers a face. Yes, they are action movies, but especially the first one has big messages to get out to the viewer.
There is a two minute scene towards the end, that first of all showcases Sylvester Stallone why I think he may be the best “actor” amongst all the action type actors the planet has ever faced, but more importantly explains all the shit people like Rambo had been dealing with and why they have traumatic issues.
That scene may be one of my favorite scenes of all time in movie history. It totally breaks you and gives the film a dramatic edge that sticks with you. I would even say that the movie is as dramatic as it is thrilling.
First Blood is a tale of a veteran soldier that has trouble to find a purpose outside the battlefield. For everyone who likes war dramas as well as action films will appreciate this movies’ greatness and why Rambo has become one of the most recognizable franchises in Hollywood. It is an action franchise, but the first has more to it than you may think. Give it a chance because I told you so.