John Rambo: "They drew first blood, not me....they drew first blood"
John Rambo: "Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me? Who are they? Unless they've been me and been there and know what the hell they're yelling about!"
John Rambo: "I could have killed 'em all, I could kill you. In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it. Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. Let it go."
First Blood is not your standard action fare. Stallone proves that outside the character of Rocky Balboa he can pull of something spectacular.
The body count is low, but that's fine, because the point of this flick is to see what Rambo is capable of in terms of ambushing people without killing them...employing his gruelling training for good use. Rambo's final monologue is haunting, and Stallone's delivery should have earned him an Oscar nom.
Total body count: 1 (0.01 kills per minute)
Trautman: "Teasle, you and all your men couldn't handle him before what makes you think you can handle him now? Only God knows what damage he's prepared to do."
Teasle: "Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?" Trautman: "God didn't make Rambo. I made him!"
John Rambo: "Mission... accomplished. You know there's more men out there and you know where they are. Find'em. Or I'll find you."
This instalment is when everything started becoming more cartoonish. The action is highly satisfying, but the dialogue is laughable. First Blood was good because of the great dialogue and great action. This second part is diappointing, albeit a fun popcorn film.
I can't stress this enough: if you want some straightforward action with no strings attached, go for it!
Body count: 69 (0.72 kills per minute)
Murdock: "Rambo, John J. Born 7-6-47 in Bowie, Arizona. Of Indian-German descent - that's a hell of a combination. Joined the army 8-6-64. Accepted special forces, specialization: light weapon, medic, helicopter and language qualified. 59 confirmed kills. Two Silver Stars, four Bronze, four Purple Hearts. Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor. You got around, didn't you? Incredible."
Trautman: "John I want you to try and forget the war. Remember the mission. The old Vietnam's dead." John Rambo: "Sir I'm alive, it's still alive, ain't it?"
Zaysen: "Who are you?" John Rambo: "Your worst nightmare."
Colonel Trautman: "What do we do?" John Rambo: "Well, surrounding them's out of the question..."
Once again, Stallone supplies nothing but action. Like the second film, the action is very cartoonish and the body count is astronimical! The lines are just badass, as is all the action and explosions. Tanks, aircrafts, grenades, AKs...the works!
In an interview Stallone has proclaimed what he thinks of this film. "It was crap! Action and nothing else"
Still, at least it's fun crap!
Body count: 132 (1.30 kills per minute!)
Zaysen: "Drop your weapons! Now! You have no chance of escape! Come forward! I wish to take you back alive! This is your last warning! The choice is yours!" Colonel Trautman: "What do you say John?" John Rambo: "Fuck 'em!"
Zaysen: "Tomorrow I will find him and kill him!" Colonel Trautman: "You don't need to find him. He'll find you." Zaysen: "Are you insane? One man against trained commandos... Who do you think this man is? God?" Colonel Trautman: "No. God would have mercy. He won't."
John Rambo: "Any of you boys want to shoot, now's the time. There isn't one of us that doesn't want to be someplace else. But this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call."
John Rambo: "You know what you are. What you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing."
John Rambo: "Fuck the world"
Stallone is back and better than ever! This man has single-handedly returned old-school action to its roots. No longer are his scripts plagued with terrible dialogue...there's credible dialogue, amazing action, a relevence to modern society and it's all entertaining!
After watching the DVD bonus material you will respect the film and the man a lot more. Stallone has actually brought hope to the Burmese through his words. This flick has made a profound impact on the Burma situation. Jesus, you've got to respect it for that!
Stallone didn't make this film for the money - nor the critics - it's for his hordes of fans wanting old-school action again. It's also an expensive Burma awareness ad. Lol.
Total body count: 236 (that's 2.59 kills per minute!)
Sarah Miller: "Maybe you've lost your faith in people. But you must still be faithful to something. You must still care about something. Maybe we can't change what is. But trying to save a life isn't wasting your life, is it?"
John Rambo: "Who are you?! They would've raped her fifty times... and cut your fucking heads off. Who are you? Who are any of you?"
John Rambo: "Are you bringing any weapons?" Michael Burnett: "Of course not." John Rambo: "You're not changing anything."
My love for Stallone's action series has prompted me to create a list dedicated to the adventures of John J. Rambo. There was only one other list for the action series, so I felt it only appropriate to create a list that does justice to the character and the films that I so dearly adore.
All films are accompanied with suitable memorable quotes, memorable pictures, total body count for each flick and a link to my reviews of all films as I analyse each instalment with a lot more depth and sophistication.
I own all movies, and have seen them all many times. At the moment I've seen the fourth film over 50 times. No, I am not exaggerating. I adore the film that much! The others I've seen about 20-30 times each. I have a marathon a few times a year, usually on Sly's birthday and a few other special occasions.