First blood (1982)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney
Say Sylvester Stallone and one immediately conjure up an image of John Rambo. The first of the John Rambo series till date remains one of the most intense movie watches and far ahead of the subsequent Rambo films.
Released in 1982, this post Vietnam psychological war thriller is often regarded as the most authentic portrayal of a war veteran post the Vietnam War. Rambo returns after the war in search of his friend, Delmare Berry, but soon discovers that he dies in one of the war operations. When he enters the small town of Hope in his unconventional military style, he attracts the Sheriff’s wrath and is driven out of town, only to come back again but his time, gets arrested. The movie then has some interesting flashbacks, with poignant performance by Stallone. He revisits his time during the war when he made to face similar situations in the prison. Rambo assaults his way out of the prison and in process, kills Galt (Sheriff’s Colleague). The Sheriff then vows to avenge his friend’s death and sets out on a rampage against Rambo.
The action packed sequences of the film combined with intense performance by Stallone, venturing into the psychological affect of post Vietnam, make First Blood a landmark film.