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905 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

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  • film_lies101's rating of the film First Blood

    Teasle's resentment and contempt towards Rambo is never established so the story just comes off as a fucking joke. The dialogue is laughable, the acting is caricature at best. The locations are lovely and just made me want to watch 'Twin Peaks' instead

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film First Blood

    Re-view. After like nearly 30 years. American masterpiece. I'm double featuring this with Bob Clark's DEATHDREAM for sure. Yes, this is big American camera-action. It's also radical commentary on the effects of Vietnam. And highly entertaining. Part 2 was my childhood favorite (and almost for certain a lesser film). Regardless, sorry people, I'm sticking with John Rambo. He has no other option except to h(a)unt you.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film First Blood

    Before the character of Rambo became a superhero and then pop-culture icon/joke, he originated in this pretty well-made action thriller. It's not without a few over the top moments, but features a number of expertly-crafted action sequences, a strong cast, and more psychological depth than you'd expect from your typical 80s action movie. A solid film that deserves its cult following.

  • anarresti's rating of the film First Blood

    In Portugal this is called "Rambo" and the sequels "Rambo II", "Rambo III" etc.. So I mistook the 2008 Rambo for this. And it's about all I have to say about Rambo. I was very surprised to see what seems to me like a Rambo rehabilitation. I still dislike it a lot. As a kid I did not like it and the aversion only grew.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film First Blood

    Ted Kotcheff turns the traditional action-thriller on its end with this film, depicting a traumatized ex-soldier being prodded by lawmen until he snaps. A sincere and emotionally-charged film about the treatment of discharged soldiers that happens to have incredible action sequences. The cinematography is rather pretty - misty and grey - and the leads give great performances. Truly a classic.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film First Blood

    Es posible percibir (si se quiere) en esta primera apariciòn del belicoso personaje, una repentina actualidad. Los primeros 10 minutos son una "probadita" de lo que soportarian los inmigrantes de haberse aprobado la ley SB 1070. Lo paradojico del asunto es que se supone que John Rambo, todo un icono de la ideologia ultraderechista es originario de Arizona.

  • suede's rating of the film First Blood

    "Dey drew first blood. Not me." The most immoral thing we heard from teachers in elementary school was that they didn't care who started. John Rambo in 1982 is by far the most likeable, back-to-basics, troubled, credibly megasuper hero I know apart from Bourne. This is as much about disrespect, degradation, war traumatization, and aloneness as it is about action. Yet the action is excellent. A special movie. 8/10.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film First Blood

    Re-watched for the first time after twenty years. Quite a surprise ! Another strong feature for the Australian Ted Kocheff, maybe even better than "Wake in Fright". Stallone gives a heavy-hearted-one-of-a-kind performance. Explosive cocktail of action and clever directing like the 1980s could give you (think Friedkin for instance).