EmpireOnLine.com recently posted their list of The Top 25 Best One Man Armies in the Movies. Of course, Rambo came in at #1. Who could argue with that? The rest of the list can [and should] be debated. Isn’t that the purpose of lists? Here are my suggestions for the top ten:
- Rambo played by SYLVESTER STALLONE in FIRST BLOOD, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, PART II, RAMBO III, RAMBO
- Lee played by BRUCE LEE in ENTER THE DRAGON
- Bryan Mills played by LIAM NEESON in TAKEN
- Geno Felino played by STEVEN SEAGAL in OUT FOR JUSTICE
- Creasy played by DENZEL WASHINGTON in MAN ON FIRE
- Walker played by LEE MARVIN in POINT BLANK
- El Mariachi played by ANTONIO BANDERAS in DESPERADO, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
- John Matrix played by ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER in COMMANDO
- Blade played by WESLEY SNIPES in BLADE, BLADE II, BLADE TRINITY
- John Preston played by CHRISTIAN BALE in EQUILIBRIUM
To see the full list, click here.
On May 15th at 7:30 p.m. at select theaters nationwide, Stallone fans will be able to see a special showing of “First Blood.” Then, following the film, the alternate ending (where Rambo dies) will be shown for the first time ever in theatres. Then to top off this one night event an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Sylvester Stallone [who will discuss all of the Rambo films] will be screened. For full details, click HERE. – Craig
Spike TV has purchased the exclusive rights to all four Rambo films. According to the press release:
“Rambo: First Blood” launches on Spike Saturday, May 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT featuring decorated Vietnam veteran John Rambo, who is abused by a small town’s police force and proceeds to launch a one man war with it. “Rambo: First Blood Part II” will begin its run on Spike in January 2010, and follows Rambo on his journey back to Vietnam to free American POWs. In March 2011, Rambo III will launch on Spike as Rambo’s Vietnam commanding officer Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) is held hostage in Afghanistan, and it’s up to Rambo to rescue him.
You can read the full article HERE. Thanks for the tip to SZoner, Joe Petitto – Craig
Our POW this week is Sly from Rambo 2. – Craig
The June 22, 2007 issue of Entertainment Weekly lists their choices for the Top 25 Action Movies of All Time and they follow up on their on-line site with the top 50. Rambo, First Blood Part II came in at 35 and here’s what they had to say:35. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
Directed by George P. Cosmatos (1985)
Here’s where Rambo gets elevated from wounded Vietnam veteran trying to find a place in the world to entire-village-slaying, POW-rescuing American myth. Written by James Cameron (at the same time he was writing Aliens — busy boy!), this sequel corners like it’s on rails, hugging the plot turns and accelerating straight through to the speechifying finish.
The same issue of Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Bruce Willis where Sly’s connection to “Die Hard” is discussed:EW: I’ve read that you were the studio’s fifth choice to play John McClane…
BW: Oh, I think I was the 50th choice! They went to everybody.
EW: I’ve heard Richard Gere…
BW: I heard that.
EW: Arnold Schwarzenegger…
BW: Clint Eastwood…
EW: Stallone and Burt Reynolds…
BW: [Laughs] Burt Reynolds? All of those guys probably would’ve been great John McClanes.
Gerardo Moreno checked in to the SZ with pics of his design work for a Rocky and Rambo dvd packages sold
If you’d like to see more of Gerardo’s work; he specializes in illustrations [traditional and digital], graphic design, as well as sculpture and photography; then check out his website and tell him I sent you! – Craig