Ep. 143 — Rambo Month: FIRST BLOOD (1982)
To celebrate the release of the fifth Rambo film, RAMBO: LAST BLOODon September 20th, we're spending the entire month of September celebrating one of the most iconic characters of 80s action cinema, Psychotronic icon John Rambo, by working our way through the entire RAMBOfranchise, one film at a time.
This week, the film that started it all: Ted Kotcheff's FIRST BLOOD(1982).
Based on the controversial novel by David Morrell, Rambo's first outing is a far cry from the over-the-top superhuman character that he would later become known as. Instead, many viewers are surprised to find that the original FIRST BLOODfilm is a relatively grounded character study that focuses on the effects of war on returning soldiers.
In this first part of our series, we'll discuss how the First Bloodnovel came to be adapted to film, and all of the iterations that it went through before Sylvester Stallone — still riding his ROCKYhype — became involved...and how his involvement not only drastically changed the direction of the film, but the direction of the entire franchise (and the landscape of 80s action cinema).
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