Pohl Force Knives is releasing the 40th Anniversary First Blood Knife which is due out in the spring of 2023. This beautiful knife is a combination of the First & Last Blood knives. Be sure to check back on the Pohl Force website on a regular basis as numbers are limited.
Although First Blood was filmed 40 years ago, many of us are still fascinated with the movie that started the Rambo franchise. Contrary to popular belief, First Blood was not only filmed in Hope but all around the greater Vancouver area which included North Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Golden Ears park. This website was developed to include all the locations for the fans who would like to know exactly where all the iconic scenes took place. A second unit did film in Stanley Park for two days but am unsure of the actual scene's.
Finding these locations wasn't easy as there were no known records to the exact locations once you left Hope and the beautiful Coquihalla Canyon. Thanks to team work and a little bit of fluke, (ex. the junkyard) this website was not only developed by me, but from fans around the world.
John Rambo is a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who must rely on his combat and survival skills when a series of brutal events result in him having to survive a massive manhunt by police and government troops. This takes place in the fictional small town of Hope, Washington.
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Jack Starrett, Michael Talbot, Bill McKinney, Chris Mulkey, Alf Humphreys, Don Mackay, Patrick Stack, John McLiam, David L. Crowly
Thanks to Robert Burns, the manhunt scene in the forest where Rambo ambushes the deputies has finally been found. It was filmed in the same location as the mine above the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver.
What can I say about this man? The amount of love and hard work Brian has put into his community is second to none. If you need any information about the town of Hope and/or the filming locations around town, he's your guy. I've known Brian and his wonderful wife Tara for years and they are as welcoming as their town. Brian was there during the filming of First Blood and has lots of great stories, so feel free to check in with him.
A producer by the name of Ed Carlin stood in front of Hope town Council during the summer months of 1981 and did his best sales pitch about an "adventure film" that would have a "high special effects" content.
"Car chases, the explosion of a service station and a final devastating shootout along with watching major Hollywood stars in action should prove entertaining for Hope residents" Carlin said.
"We like Hope, B.C. the most out of a list of B.C. towns because of its mountainous backdrop for the manhunt in the movie" the producer said.
After a series of public hearings to solicit feedback from the community and an eventual motion from town council, Hope, B.C. would go on to stage arguably one of the most successful and talked about Stallone action films of all time.
Things moved quickly during the fall and winter months of 1981 as the first wave of what would be an eventual roster of 100 people moved in on the small community. A crew of 15 – 20 were the first to arrive as construction began on 3 sets that would play critical roles in the production; a gas station and a gun shop to eventually be blown up along with a sheriff station staged to be shot out during the final gun battle.
Meanwhile 550 local residents showed up for a casting call at an office set up by "First Blood" productions for their dream to hit the big screen. Competition being fierce as only 100 would be picked for crowd scenes.
The final cast was contracted which included Sylvester Stallone who would play John Rambo, Richard Crenna who would play Col. Sam Trautman and Brian Dennehy playing the part of sheriff Will Teasle. A young up and coming actor in his early 20’s David Caruso who would later go on to be a super star in the CSI Miami series would play deputy Mitch and veteran actor Jack Starret as bad guy Sgt. Arthur Galt.
Filming got underway in November and continued into the first 2 weeks of December bringing lights, camera and action at all times of the day & night.
Stars became locals and locals became stars as the cast and & crew we’re welcomed into Hope. |t wasn’t uncommon to see cast members visiting bars and restaurants before and after a day’s shooting.
"The friendliness and co-operation from the locals has been exceptional and we do apologize for the U.S. flags and mail boxes on the street" Brian Dennehy said in an interview. First Blood productions would eventually leave over 1,000,000.00 in economic spin-offs once shooting was wrapped.
And so a star was born. A star being the film industry in British Columbia. Many of the crew who worked on the set of First Blood would go on to successful careers in film & entertainment. One local retailer summed it up best selling souvenir T-shirts during production which proudly displayed "FIRST BLOOD MADE HOPE, B.C. HOLLYWOOD NORTH"
Since the release of the film in 1982 thousands of fans descend upon the community of Hope every year to re-live their favorite moments of First Blood.
Jayme Brooks, John Stein, Brian and Tara McKinney, Tracy Mills Paynter, Riley Forman, Inge Wilson, Tom Desorcy, Oliver Wegner, Herve Attia, Regan Greenard, Simon and Sharon Birmingham, Dietmar Pohl, Gil & Linda Hibben, Chris Wergeland, Stephen Chang, Rich Gestle, Patric Croze, Dave Mackay, Eugen Bosshart, JohnRambo9, Mat Thomas Marchand, Patrick Stack, Don Mackay, Joe Lederer, Don Adams, Ian Newby, Hugh Oaks, Robert Andrew Burns, The Hope Standard, The Province news paper, The residents of Hope and my biggest fans; Allan & Donna Hardy and Gary Inkman.
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