The first of many, many, many 1980s movies that I will be watching for the first time.
Title: First Blood
Year Released: 1982
Director: Ted Kotcheff (Weekend at Bernie's)
Stars: Sylvestor Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam war vet, when abused with a small town's police force, begins a one man war with it. (IMDB)
My Take: It wasn't nearly as cheesy as I was expecting. (Though the sound effects were horrendous.) Anything with Sylvestor Stallone has a certain goofiness to it, but it wasn't distracting -- maybe because Stallone had more grunts than actual lines throughout the film. I think the action was probably typical for 1980s movies. While the stunts were maybe less "clean" than today's action flicks, it was nice to watch action sequences that didn't consist of 100 cuts made every few seconds. Stallone was believable as a disturbed vet and Dennehy worked well as his antagonist. I liked Commando and Predator much more -- I've always been a Schwarzenneger guy.
Teasle: Are you telling me that 200 of our men against your boy is a no-win situation for us?
Trautman: You send that many, don't forget one thing.
Trautman: A good supply of body bags.
Surprise: A super young David Caruso as Mitch, the rookie deputy.
The Good: A freeze frame ending! Huzzah!
The Bad: The ending was way too anticlimactic.
The Eighties: Killer stereotypical soundtrack.