Chandler’s Trailers: “First Blood” (1982)

000firstblood“First Blood”  (1982)  Ked Kotcheff’s “First Blood” shows considerable alterations from David Morrell’s trashy source novel of the same name, the majority of the most significant alterations conceding to the bloodlust of the marketable action movie audience in which matters of personal honor are superseded by a Rockyesque root-for-the-underdog drama, probably not coincidental since the screenplay was co-written by perpetual movie underdog Sylvester Stallone. However, after enduring a barrage of post-Vietnam era films portraying the American soldier as an uncontrollable psychopath unable to readjust to the either demonstrably caustic or apathetic civilian mindset, it is hardly a prescription of compensation to depict the same Vietnam vet as responding to that same arrogant dismissiveness by becoming an uncontrollable killing machine; antithetical toward an advancement in our understanding of the psychic damage done to hundreds of thousands, but certainly useful in reducing a national tragedy into a venue for the basest of gladiatorial huzzahs complete with bombastic scoring that is designed to stir the audience into a frenzy.
 
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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3 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “First Blood” (1982)

  1. beetleypete says:

    A film of its time Chandler, and it must be seen as such. Good review nonetheless, and one for the ‘archives’. Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Rick says:

    I must admit that I like this movie. I read that Stallone did not deliver his lines well, and they cut out a lot of his dialogue. That led to an 80s trend of action heroes not talking. Is that true?

  3. This is one of those movies that I’ve seen in pieces, but never been able to make it all the way through. It’s just too dumb, even when I’m in the mood for something violent and dumb.

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