Archive for April 19, 2018

1980’s Ruckus was writer/director Max Kleven’s attempt to do a film around a damaged Vietnam vet who gets harassed by the locals and has to ultimately fight for his survival thanks to the local good old boys deciding he needs to be taught his place. While the movie predated First Blood by two years, it came out eight years after the release of the novel and studios had been trying to put together a film version of the novel for almost the entire ten years it took to finally get it to the big screen. During that time, early scripts were written and passed around and it became more and more of a buzz property. While I’ve never seen a direct admission of this, anyone who watches both Ruckus and First Bloodwill immediately notice the many similarities in the story and the character concepts. Where the films don’t have something in common is in the overall quality of the filmmaking.

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