Rambo: First Blood

After spending a night in the jungle trying to survive the police, John Rambo (Stallone) steals a truck and drives into town. He arms himself with a large machine gun. Col. Trautman (Crenna) tries to convince Sheriff Teasle (Dennehy) not to fight Rambo, but Teasle ignores him. Rambo shoots up the town, knocking out all the power boxes and blowing up the gun store. He makes his way to the police station, where Teasle hiding on the roof, tries to shoot him. Rambo quickly dodges Teasle's bullets and shoots through the ceiling, hitting Teasle's legs. Rambo is about to kill Teasle when Trautman comes in and tells him the battle is over. Rambo gives a small speech about how he started the battle because of his anger over how he is being mistreated by people who have never experienced what he did in Vietnam. Rambo breaks down crying, and eventually gets taken away.


Continuity mistake: When Sylvester Stallone is in the stolen army truck and crashes through the police road block, the truck becomes airborne. Upon landing, the gas tank is clearly separating from the truck, but in the next shot, the truck and gas tank are together.

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Trivia: After deciding to perform one of the stunts himself, Stallone broke a rib, much to the displeasure of director Ted Kotcheff. The shot however remained in the film. (The last sequence where Rambo falls through the trees.)


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Question: Behind the desk of Teasle is a distinguished service cross, a silver star and a purple heart. So he is himself a very brave fighter. Why would such a "war hero" be so mad about another war hero, a recipient of the medal of honor, delivered only by the President of the United States? Jealousy? Rage about the death of his friend?

Answer: At the start of the film when Rambo is causing all these problems, the Sheriff has no idea who John Rambo is (Vietnam War hero), so he thinks Rambo is just another America-disrespecting drifter (the American flag on Rambo's jacket). Also, Teasle is a law and order guy who does not want his town disturbed by outsiders. After the fireworks and Teasle finds out who Rambo is and also meets Colonel Troutman, Teasle's mission becomes personal: rage at the death of his best friend, humiliation in front of his deputies, the incompetence of the state National Guard to subdue Rambo, and also a generational factor: Teasle probably served in Korea or WW2, when America was top dog in the world, so he will not allow some hippie ex-soldier from a "lost" war best him.


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