The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 33)::
48. “First Blood” (1982)
A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town's police force, begins a one man war with it.
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $6,642,005 (USA) (901 Screens)
*Gross: $125,212,904 (Worldwide)
*Samuel Trautman was named for Uncle Sam, according to author David Morrell. Meaning Uncle Sam created the soldier John Rambo.
*Warner Bros. had considered to make the story with Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman.
*Originally budgeted at 11 million, but end up cost closer 17 million do to production running late.
*Mike Nichols was interested in directing and wanted Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman did nor\t want to do because it was too violent.
* Sylvester Stallone hated the first cut so bad he tried to buy the film to have it destroy. When he couldn’t do that, he suggested that the producers cut much of his part and let rest of the characters tell the story, which cut the movie in half and set a precedent for future action movies.
* Sylvester Stallone accidentally broke the nose of a stuntman during the prison escape scene by elbowing him in the face, which is why he ware a band-aid over his noise for the rest of the film.
* Al Pacino considered the role, but turned it down when the idea of Pacino had of Rambo being more of mad man was ejected.
* “First Blood” was the first non-Rockey movie that did not bomb. In fact, it arguably saved his career.
*Both Nick Nolte and Michael Douglas also rejected the role of John Rambo.
*Kris Kistofferson was considered as a possible choice for John Rambo. Some felt the former Airborne Ranger would make a solid Rambo, and they hoped his good friend Sam Peckinpah could be persuaded to direct.
*James Garner turned down the lead role. He did want to play a man who came home from the war and starts fighting cops.
*The studio wanted these three star actors for the three lead roles in the film: Kris Kistofferson for Rambo, Gene Hackman as the Sheriff and Lee Teasle Lee Marvin as Col. Tratuman.
*The town of Hope, Wa is not really, but they did film it the town of Hope in BC, Canada.
*Large piece of rotten canvas the Rambo finds was not a prop. They found the rotten canvas near the movie’s production. Sylvester Stallone keep the piece of rotten canvas and still has it to this day.
*This movie is based off a book.
Why I Picked this movie #48:
1.Show what really happen to war vet after war.
2. It has a dysfunctional heart.
3. Great cast.
4. Good story.
5. Awesome action.
6. Look at something that not a lot of people want to or wanted to talk about. It was a dark time USA at that time
7. This was deep movie that what think it was.
8. Stallone and Dennehy were awesome together.
9. It still hold ups and hold has a stand alone in all of the Rambo movies.
First time seeing it:
I it Was at home on VHS.