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Posted: 8/21/2017 7:48:17 PM EST






A film about a Vietnam Veteran tired of being pushed around and treated like shit. A friend of his who also served commits suicide while dying of cancer. In his note, he tells Tommy Lee Jones that he had a plan to take over Central Park and raise awareness for down and out vets. 

Tommy Lee Jones keeps the plan alive and goes through with it. Laying siege to Central Park and keeping the NYPD out. The Deputy Mayor wanting to use this crisis to enhance his career and the Police Commissioner not wanting to jeopardize his agrees and a two man Merc team is inserted into the park.

One is a Dutch National that has served in South East Asia and Africa and the other is a former Viet Cong that likes money. 

In the end, Tommy Lee Jones raises awareness for vets, wins the fight, and surrenders.
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Why do I bring this typical 80s film up today?

Because the nation has been at war for 16 years and there is no end in sight. We have political division and a ton of disgruntled veterans that have been treated like shit. We have politicians willing to use crisis for their personal gain in career and numerous LE command staff that sides with the politicians to protect their golden goose of a job.

So take it for what it is or think about it and try to apply that contexts of the film's into today's world.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:10:53 PM EST
Are those blanks?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:13:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TN-MadDog:
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Yes, those are blanks.

Welcome to the 1980s 
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:14:43 PM EST
I remember watching that film with my Brother shortly after it came out.  We laughed all the way through it.  In a cheesy, campy way it was actually good. Not sure how it's held up though, but I may watch it again someday when I'm bored.  Along with movies like Dark Star and The Challenge, it might still be campy, cheese goodness.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:17:14 PM EST
I need to see this one
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:25:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 3rdpig:
I remember watching that film with my Brother shortly after it came out.  We laughed all the way through it.  In a cheesy, campy way it was actually good. Not sure how it's held up though, but I may watch it again someday when I'm bored.  Along with movies like Dark Star and The Challenge, it might still be campy, cheese goodness.
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I saw it back in the day and recently. It actually held up pretty well and has some period known names in it. The Plot could work today. 
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:26:29 PM EST
The book was much better.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 8:38:30 PM EST
I loved this movie when I was a kid.  Need to watch again.  
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Originally Posted By SeanC:
The book was much better.
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That's the case with just about everything.
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Originally Posted By TN-MadDog:
Are those blanks?
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No, they are fluted bullets
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Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:04:37 PM EST
I like that movie, it's a good watch.


I watched First Blood a year ago for the first time in 20 years. I was impressed in the beginning how Stallone played a Vietnam veteran who is clearly used to being shit on by people because of his appearance. He does a good job of portraying someone weary of it.
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Yes, those are blanks.

Welcome to the 1980s 
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Originally Posted By TN-MadDog:
Are those blanks?
Yes, those are blanks.

Welcome to the 1980s 
Watch the movie, Tommy uses live and blank rounds throughout the film, on purpose.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:16:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By CreekRat66:

Watch the movie, Tommy uses live and blank rounds throughout the film, on purpose.
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doesn't he switch between mags of live rounds and mags of blank rounds without swapping a blank-firing adaptor on or off his rifle?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:20:13 PM EST
Great movie but hard to find. I could not locate a dvd or video tape when I recently looked. Found an upload on youtube but video quality was not very good.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:21:45 PM EST
I had a VHS copy of that back when I was in the Army.

Good flick.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:23:55 PM EST
I personally am everywhere...
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Originally Posted By cwm1150:
Great movie but hard to find. I could not locate a dvd or video tape when I recently looked. Found an upload on youtube but video quality was not very good.
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available on Amazon Prime
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:42:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By spartacus2002:
doesn't he switch between mags of live rounds and mags of blank rounds without swapping a blank-firing adaptor on or off his rifle?
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Originally Posted By spartacus2002:
Originally Posted By CreekRat66:

Watch the movie, Tommy uses live and blank rounds throughout the film, on purpose.
doesn't he switch between mags of live rounds and mags of blank rounds without swapping a blank-firing adaptor on or off his rifle?
Yeah, he pulls a Die Hard 2
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Originally Posted By cwm1150:
Great movie but hard to find. I could not locate a dvd or video tape when I recently looked. Found an upload on youtube but video quality was not very good.
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Kodi has it in HD
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Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
Kodi has it in HD
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Uh oh...........





Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:55:20 AM EST
I wore that book out in the 7th/8th grade. That and "Guns Up!".
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 6:29:34 AM EST
Good movie, haven't seen it in years.
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Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno:
I have borrowed his "Emperor of Montana" line on occasion.
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Wyoming, not Montana

Fucking love the movie
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:07:54 AM EST
Great book. I've never seen the movie all the way through - I always seem to catch it halfway in. I'll have to make a point of looking it up.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:48:40 AM EST
The Rock did it better
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Originally Posted By AWDeity:
The Rock did it better
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The Rock was more coup d'etat and less everyday man being pissed off.
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Most film production companies frown on shooting actors, or even extras or set crew, with actual bullets.

Yes, there is some cost in realism, but it helps with insurance expenses immensely.
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Originally Posted By scotchymcdrinkerbean:
Most film production companies frown on shooting actors, or even extras or set crew, with actual bullets.

Yes, there is some cost in realism, but it helps with insurance expenses immensely.
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Originally Posted By TN-MadDog:
Are those blanks?
Most film production companies frown on shooting actors, or even extras or set crew, with actual bullets.

Yes, there is some cost in realism, but it helps with insurance expenses immensely.
According to some in Hollywood; Brandon Lee was worth the expense. 
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Originally Posted By cwm1150:
Great movie but hard to find. I could not locate a dvd or video tape when I recently looked. Found an upload on youtube but video quality was not very good.
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That's how I watched it several years ago. It looked like typical VHS quality to me. May have to check out the HD version to see how much I missed.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:34:02 AM EST
One of my all-time favorites.  

"Come here, Duluth.  You got change for a dollar?"
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:40:11 AM EST
80s action movies are the best. U scored this on DVD a few years ago. Shitty homemade VHS to DVD copy, but still love it.
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Originally Posted By sydney7629:

One of my all-time favorites.  

"Come here, Duluth.  You got change for a dollar?"
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him standing there in camo, with a knife and an AK, chastising the guy for bringing a girl to Central Park at night because "there are weirdos out here!" is classic
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Originally Posted By spartacus2002:


him standing there in camo, with a knife and an AK, chastising the guy for bringing a girl to Central Park at night because "there are weirdos out here!" is classic
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That's the magic of the film. The obviousness of the situation and him poking phone at it. 

Also Pay Phones. 

Kids these days don't understand Pay Phones.
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