Rambo: A Love Letter to Sylvester Stallone’s ‘First Blood’

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  1. David Barber says:

    My first real action movie was ENTER THE DRAGON at the age of 5. We went to a friend’s house and he showed us a double bill of films he had taped off TV during the 1984 Christmas holidays. There was RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (more a PG-rated adventure) and then ETD. It was amazing to see Bruce Lee beat up everybody that crossed his path and then go after the main baddie at the end through the hall of mirrors. Pure brilliance.

    As for FIRST BLOOD, I saw it a few years later at my uncle’s place after my brother requested watching it. I thought it was FIRST BLOOD : PART II so I was surprised it wasn’t set in the jungle and he’s not on some special mission. However, once he gets caught by the police and then escapes, I was on the edge of my seat and seeing him tear up the town at night with his machine gun to draw out Teasle was very intense for my 9 year old eyes. Unfortunately, I’ll admit to sniggering when Rambo broke down and started going on about his experiences – it seemed like he was talking gibberish but I later got the whole point of this scene and it explained what was wrong with him.

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