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1,060 Ratings

First Blood

Directed by Ted Kotcheff
United States, 1982
Drama, Thriller, Action


A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town’s police force, begins a one man war with it.

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First Blood Directed by Ted Kotcheff

Critics reviews

Wait for the keystone moment: a monologue from Stallone frantically distills the atrocities of war and his utter displacement, a testament to his acting skills beyond Rocky (seriously), and cements a bold recognition of lingering terror, so much so that it brought this author (a child of the 80s) to shed a tear.
June 01, 2016
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It isn’t just a film about someone who has almost lost the power of speech, it is fundamentally a silent film. Silent about all the big questions whose formulations it delays as much as possible. Silent about buried causes and ultimate motives, silent in the face of violence and nature. We should be grateful to Stallone to have re-invented for this film an acting style with wide-eyes and gazes as expressive as semaphores.
October 28, 1988
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