One of my favorite movies of the 1980s. Certainly within the 5 best films Stallone’s ever made. I’ve owned it on VHS, Laserdisc, twice on DVD, and now on Blu-ray.
Anyway, about those differences from page to screen…
Movie Rambo maims every Deputy in the Sheriff’s posse; one Deputy dies inadvertently when Rambo throws a rock at him in self-defense. Then Rambo scares some National Guardsmen by shooting at them, drives a large truck into some police cars pursuing him, causes property damage in town and wounds the Sheriff during a gun battle before surrendering to his former Green Beret CO.
Novel Rambo gleefully slaughters every Deputy in the Sheriff’s posse, then proceeds to kill a staggering number of police officers, National Guardsmen and civilians before decimating the Sheriff’s entire town with explosives. Rambo then mortally wounds the Sheriff during a gun battle before having his own head blown off with a shotgun by his former Green Beret CO.
Stallone and his co-screenwriters made the right choice, I believe. The novel blew my mind, but it would have made for a horrific, depressing movie.
Behind the scenes of First Blood: