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First Blood (1982)

Director:
Ted Kotcheff
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Rambo
RUNNING TIME
97 minutter
Producer:
Buzz Feitshans
Screenwriter (from David Morrell's novel):
Michael Kozoll
William Sackheim
Q. Moonblood


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Rambo Sylvester Stallone
Trautman Richard Crenna
Sheriff Will Teasle Brian Dennehy
State Police Capt. Dave Kern Bill McKinney
Deputy Mitch David Caruso 

 

Review

This action classic is based on David Morrell's novel, but extensively modified to fit Sylvester Stallone's persona and the Reagan-era American action formula. As a character study, First Blood is close to interesting. Stallone has moments of fine acting in which he draws inspiration from Rocky Balboa. In the film's first half, it is an engaging enough movie, directed with fine pace and good, old-fashioned, one-man-army action. Of course, most of Rambo's opponents border on caricature, something that undermines the level of seriousness the film wants to add to the Rambo-character. What at times wants to resemble Michael Cimino-material, is at the next all banality and cheap action. The latter vouches for good fun, at least up until a certain point. Rambo has his edge in the forest, but when the film moves into town, we start expecting Brigitte Nielsen to show up at any time.

Copyright 17.2.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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