Tough Guy Cinema

FIRST BLOOD in 35mm!!

Director Ted Kotcheff
Year 1982
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna
Rating R
Run Time 93min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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For this holiday engagement, we are screening Sylvester Stallone's personal 35mm print!

Ted Kotcheff will conduct a Q&A via Skype after the screening of FIRST BLOOD on Dec. 26th!

This holiday season, we at the Drafthouse love to celebrate everyone's annual film favorites, the kind of movies that play on endless heartwarming loops from December 1st until New Year's Day. For some, the choice of the season is to relive Kevin McCallister's playful booby trapping against bumbling burglars in HOME ALONE. For others, they sing the deeply foreboding and memorable refrain of "you'll shoot your eye out, kid" along with A CHRISTMAS STORY. An entirely other group of celebratory cinephiles, ourselves included among them, tend to prefer a highly deadly holiday treat: Ted Kotcheff's genre-defining FIRST BLOOD (1982), the only Christmas movie out there today that truly wears its beating heart on its blood-stained sleeve.

In honor of the film's 30th anniversary, we present a special holiday engagement of this free-wheelin', gun-totin', law-fightin' post-ROCKY masterpiece. Sylvester Stallone plays Vietnam veteran and occupational vagabond John Rambo, just returned from war. Without a house or home to call his own, he wanders the streets until arriving at a seemingly unassuming, small logging town. Although the sign at the town entrance reads: "Welcome to Hope," there is none to be found in the city limits, only misery and mistreatment from the local law enforcement. When they push Rambo out of town without realizing the consequence of their actions, he comes back with a signature, no-holds-barred brand of retribution. FIRST BLOOD is a brutal critique of America's participation in Vietnam and an all-around action classic. (Sam Prime)

Everyone in the audience for both screenings will receive an exclusive John Rambo-style knife, included in the $10 ticket price. Also, this event is BYOB: bring your own bandana!!!

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