Rambo: First Blood

1982 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

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Rambo: First Blood

1982 R 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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Targeted by a small-town sheriff, former Green Beret and Vietnam vet John Rambo reaches his breaking point and launches a guerilla response. His skills overwhelm the police, who call in Rambo's old commanding officer to help defuse the situation.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie, the most successful of the movies featuring the Rambo character, has many moments of violent bloodshed (including the hero sewing his own gashed arm shut) and foul language. Rambo's incredible guerilla survival skills have special appeal for young fans, but there's lots of not-to-be imitated stuntwork.

Sexual Content

Non-erotic, bare-butt shot of Rambo hosed down by police.


Rambo is tortured with knives in Vietnam flashbacks, brutalized by cops in modern-day America. Plenty of beat-downs, shootouts, spearings on Viet Cong-style death traps, and a memorable scene in which Rambo stitches up his own arm wound. One of Rambo's traps kills a bloodhound (off screen). Rambo never directly kills anyone here (except an animal he hunts for food), he just wounds and maims.


Plenty of "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Rambo was rewritten (for Stallone specifications) from the book's pitiless, murdering character to someone who never intentionally kills, but causalities and wounded still result from his actions. His commanding officer, Trautman, seems to be the voice of reason and the only person who understands Rambo, but the authority figures of the small-town sheriff and his men are irredeemable bullies who pretty much dictate the fatal flow of events.


A mention of Soldier of Fortune magazine.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social saloon drinking and smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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