Rambo: First Blood is the 1982 action classic that made Sylvester Stallone an icon and was a major launching point in Stallone’s career.

The movie (and the book) isn’t intended to be a brainless action movie, rather a sobering account of Vietnam war veterans struggling to acclimatize. It’s a political statement of an action movie, depicting how poorly American veterans were treated after the horrors of Vietnam and how devastating this treatment was on their mental health.

Orval: Let’s do some huntin’!
Preston: Hunting? We ain’t huntin’ him, he’s huntin’ us!

The local police of Hope, Montana discover this the hard way when they pursue Rambo into the local forest and force him to unleash his formidable survival skills. The belligerent Chief Teasle (Brian Dennehy) who just won’t heed the warning signs – even when Rambo, having taken down Teasle’s men with an assortment of booby-traps, holds a knife to his throat and promises “a war you won’t believe”.


Rambo: First Blood (1982)