FIRST BLOOD (rambo: first blood) (1981 U.S.) D: TED KOTCHEFF W: MICHAEL KOZOLL/WILLIAM SACKHEIM/SYLVESTER STALLONE P: BUZZ FETISHANS
Stallone stars as Green Beret 'nam-vet John Rambo in this superior action hit based on a David Morrell novel. After finding out that his 'nam buddy died from (Agent Orange) cancer, he gets arrested by small-town sherrif Brian Denehy for vagrancy when he's just drifting through. He escapes from police custody and wages war on the backwoods cops and national guard that go after him. Richard Crenna is his ex-commander who comes to help out and Jack Starrett seems to be enjoying himself as a hateful, sadistic deputy. With David Caruso, Bill McKinney, Michael Talbott, Chris Mulkey and an uncredited Suzee Pai. Stupid sequels started with RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2.

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