🎥 Rambo First Blood – 1982

The Story …

Vietnam War veteran John Rambo goes to a lake house looking for an old comrade, only to learn his friend died of cancer over a year earlier, brought on by exposure to Agent Orange during the war.

He offers his condolences to the soldier’s widow for her loss and gives her a photo of the pair and the rest of their unit, Baker Team. Continuing his travels, Rambo reaches the town of Hope, Washington. The sheriff, Will Teasle, heads him off and drives him to the outskirts of town, explaining that he considers his job to keep drifters out of Hope.

Neglecting the sheriff’s warning, Rambo returns to Hope, prompting Teasle to arrest Rambo on charges of vagrancy, resisting arrest, and possessing a concealed knife …

Led by the sadistic chief deputy Art Galt, Teasle’s deputies abuse Rambo, triggering flashbacks of the torture he endured in Vietnam. When they try to dry shave him with a straight razor, Rambo snaps, fights his way out of the sheriff’s station, regains his knife, and flees on a motorcycle into the woods. Teasle organizes a search party with rifles, dogs, and a helicopter.

Defying Teasle’s orders, Galt attempts to shoot Rambo from the helicopter. Cornered on a high cliff, Rambo leaps into a tree, injuring his right arm. With Galt still shooting at him, Rambo throws a rock at the helicopter, breaking its windshield and causing the pilot to briefly lose control. Losing his balance, Galt falls to his death on the jagged rocks. Rambo tries to surrender to Teasle, reasoning that Galt’s death was an accident and that he wants no more trouble, but the deputies shoot at him, and he flees. 

Other deputies warn Teasle that Rambo is a lethal Green Beret, war hero, and Medal of Honor recipient, but Teasle swears revenge and continues the search.

Using booby traps and his bare hands, Rambo non-lethally subdues all the deputies and captures Teasle, holding a knife to his throat and threatening war if he does not give up the pursuit, before retreating further into the woods. The Washington State Patrol and Washington National Guard are dispatched to assist Teasle, along with Rambo’s mentor and former commanding officer, Colonel Sam Trautman.

Trautman advises that Rambo should be allowed to escape to the next town to defuse the situation, then be permitted to surrender peacefully later, but Teasle, confident that Rambo is hopelessly outnumbered, refuses. Teasle allows Trautman to contact Rambo to persuade him to surrender, but Rambo refuses, condemning Teasle and his deputies for their abuse and citing that they “drew first blood”.

At the entrance of an abandoned mine, a National Guard detachment corners Rambo. Ignoring Teasle’s instructions to wait for his arrival, the guardsmen fire a rocket launcher, collapsing the entrance and seemingly killing Rambo. Rambo survives and, finding a way out, hijacks a military truck carrying an M60 machine gun and ammunition and returns to Hope to cause as much damage as possible.

In an effort to distract the authorities, Rambo blows up a gas station, cuts power to most of the town, destroys a sporting goods store, and shoots up the sheriff’s station. Trautman, understanding that Teasle is outmatched, tries again to convince him to leave Rambo be; Teasle ignores his orders and tries to hunt for Rambo on the station’s roof, but is shot and wounded by him.

As Rambo prepares to kill Teasle, Trautman appears and warns Rambo that he will be killed unless he surrenders, reminding him that he is the last survivor of Baker Team. Rambo vents about the horrors of war and his traumatic experiences—watching his friends die in Vietnam, being treated poorly when returning home, being unable to hold a job, and being forgotten despite his sacrifices—and breaks down crying as he recounts how a good friend was killed by a Viet Cong child soldier using a shoeshiner box wired with explosives.

After being comforted by Trautman, Rambo surrenders and is taken into federal custody, while Teasle is taken to a waiting ambulance for transport to the hospital.

Credits :

  • Directed by Ted Kotcheff
  • Screenplay by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim and Sylvester Stallone
  • Based on First Blood by David Morrell
  • Produced by Buzz Feitshans
  • Cinematography : Andrew Laszlo
  • Edited by Joan Chapman
  • Music by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Production Companies : The Wallis Interactive, Carolco Pictures and Anabasis Investments, N.V.
  • Distributed by Orion Pictures
  • Release Date : October 22, 1982

Cast :

  • Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo
  • Richard Crenna as Colonel Samuel R. “Sam” Trautman
  • Brian Dennehy as Sheriff William “Will” Teasle
  • Bill McKinney as Captain Dave Kern
  • Jack Starrett as Deputy Sergeant Arthur “Art” Galt
  • Michael Talbott as Deputy Balford
  • Chris Mulkey as Deputy Ward
  • John McLiam as Orval Kellerman
  • Alf Humphreys as Deputy Lester
  • David Caruso as Deputy Mitch Rogers
  • David L. Crowley as Deputy Shingleton
  • Don MacKay as Deputy Preston
  • Patrick Stack as Lieutenant Clinton Morgen

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