Rating: MA15+
Length: 93 mins
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
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Fri 19th Aug:

First Blood 40th Anniversary! One Show Only!

It was Sylvester Stallone’s first non-Rocky movie which didn’t bomb; in fact, it was one of the biggest films of the insanely stacked year that was 1982. FIRST BLOOD introduced the world to John Rambo, the troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who just wants to be left alone.

Based on the 1972 novel of the same name by David Morrell, about a Vietnam vet killing machine, it was one of the most optioned scripts in Hollywood. Some twenty-six adaptations were made, with nearly every leading man in Hollywood taking a pass on the role. We’re talking Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and veterans Steve McQueen and Paul Newman all passing it up.

Eventually Sly Stallone got involved, and in order to keep him happy and interested, Director Ted Kotcheff (Wake in Fright, Weekend At Bernie’s) allowed Sly to do a rewrite. In the original drafts, John Rambo goes on a rampage, killing a number of people. Sly saw John Rambo as a victim of circumstances, and he doesn’t kill a single person. The man just wanted to eat.

It was a smart move, too. Rambo spoke to people. Of course, the film was an action-packed splendour; but FIRST BLOOD presented a leading action star as a vulnerable veteran, obviously suffering from PTSD and having a very tough time coping with it. Matters were only exacerbated by the police giving him a tough time, leading to very real tension throughout the entire story.

Upon its release, First Blood was the No. 1 movie for three weeks in the Autumn of 1982. It ranked No. 13 overall for the year of 1982, a year that was dominated by E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and of course, Sly’s other huge hit – Rocky III.

Relive the original journey of John Rambo, a legendary figure of action cinema, as FIRST BLOOD returns to our screens!

Official Trailer