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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sylvester Stallone
Brian Dennehy
Richard Crenna
Directors
Ted Kotcheff
Screenwriters
Sylvester Stallone
Running Time
90 minutes

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Plot
Wandering into a small town in Oregon, Vietnam veteran John Rambo is arrested for vagrancy by corrupt, abusive Sheriff Will Teasle. When Rambo can't stand anymore abuse at the hands of Teasle and his deputies, Rambo goes crazy, killing a deputy and escaping into the surrounding hills, massively armed with every weapon he needs. The local authorities bring in Rambo's former commanding officer, colonel Samuel Trautman, and all Trautman does is tell the locals that they had better get a lot of body


Verdict
The watershed movie as far as Vietnam and the portrayal of its forgotten victims was concerned.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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