It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s First Blood.

First Blood (1982) introduces John Rambo (as immortalised by Sly Stallone), the troubled Vietnam War hero who returns to his hometown to visit an old buddy and winds up being abused and humiliated by the hick sheriff (Brian Dennehy), triggering POW flashbacks. “Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe,” growls Rambo. They do and he does.

This cracking manhunt actioner ushered in a new pop culture icon and spawned four sequels – each more over the top than the last. First Blood is the best entry in the saga, depicting a more personal war than the ones Rambo would wage in subsequent films, which transformed him from a misunderstood war vet with psychological scars to a larger than life one-man army with physical ones.

Four reasons why First Blood rocks:

1. Sly’s intense performance as the haunted hero.   

2. Colonel Sam Trautman’s entrance: “God didn’t make Rambo. I made him.”

3. The police station breakout.

4. The showdown with the National Guard.

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.