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15Rambo: First Blood

Rambo is based on David Morrell’s 1972 novel about a Vietnam vet who struggles to fit into civilian life. First Blood was directed by Ted Kotcheff and was co-written by Sylvester Stallone, who also plays John Rambo. The film was released in 1982 to mixed reviews. Variety referred to

the film as "a mess" and condemned the ending for “not providing a proper resolution for the main character.” That said, the film was a box-office success, grossing $47.2 million.

The alternative ending scene that was shown on some DVD releases shows Rambo grabbing a gun from Colonel Trautman (Kirk Douglas) and shooting himself. In the better-known release, Rambo instead collapses on the floor at the end of the film and, in tears, remembers the horrors he witnessed in Vietnam. Although this opened up the way for sequels, it was felt, by some critics, that the previous ending would've been more in keeping.

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