Learning Beyond the Classics: Hollywood In and Out of Vietnam
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
With Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy
Rated R, 93 minutes, DCP
Former US Army Special Forces soldier and Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into a small town in the Pacific Northwest only to be harassed by the local sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and his deputies. When Rambo's flashbacks and emotional trauma take hold, he begins a one-man war against the police. Adapted from the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, the success of Rambo: First Blood would ultimately lead to a series of five films featuring Rambo/Stallone and created a sensation and star character that fueled films spanning from 1982 to 2019.
Co-presented by the Department of American Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the David A. Heskin and Marilou Brill Endowment for Excellence.