First Blood

First Blood

  • 1982
  • R
  • 93 min
  • USA
  • action, adventure

Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writer: Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett

Much darker and more sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.

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  • Ted Kotcheff
    Ted Kotcheff
    Ted Kotcheff (born April 7, 1931), sometimes credited as William Kotcheff or William T. Kotcheff, is a Canadian film and television director, who is well known for his work on several high-profile British television productions and as a director of films such as First Blood. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ted Kotcheff, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on...

Main Cast


  • Adam Smith (Empire)

    The watershed movie as far as Vietnam and the portrayal of its forgotten victims was concerned.

  • Janet Maslin (New York Times)

    Former Green Beret Rambo unleashed on small-town, and the world. Action for its own sake, but silent Sly is fiercely commanding.


Tagline: This time he's fighting for his life.

Source: based on the novel by David Morrell

Certificate: R

Genres: action, adventure

Categories: vietnam war veteran, green beret, manhunt, survival, special forces, woods, police brutality, rambo character, self-defense, sheriff, guerrilla, submachine gun, prosecution, police operation, matter of life and death, survivor, tramp, national guard, police, escape, rural setting


Producer: Buzz Feitshans

Editor: Joan E. Chapman

Director of photography: Andrew Laszlo

Original music composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Costume design: Tom Bronson

Executive producer: Mario Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna

Production design: Wolf Kroeger

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 93 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)