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May 22, 2012

Episode 64: Flooding with Love for First Blood, Son

Special Guests: Ted Kotcheff, Zachary Oberzan,
David Morrell, & Garth Jennings

Just in time for Memorial Day, The Projection Booth honors those who served by serving up a "super mega epic" episode looking at the various incarnations of First Blood, from David Morrell's book, to the Ted Kotcheff film (First Blood), to the Zachary Oberzan interpretation (Flooding with Love for the Kid), to Garth Jennings's loving tribute (Son of Rambow).

Along the way we'll look at how the character of (John) Rambo changed from disenfranchised vet to a jingoistic hero for the Reagan era.

Listen / Download Now:

Author David Morrell's official site
Zachary Oberzan's official site
Garth Jennings's official site
Sylvester Stallone's official site
Get the novelization of Rambo (First Blood Part II)
Get the novelization of Rambo 3
Buy the Rambo Collector's Edition DVD set
Buy Son of Rambow on DVD



  1. I realize that over the course of a nearly 4 hour podcast, the thing you were least expecting to here a comment about is this, but I would like to mention that I know of at least one other filmmaker that puts his budget in the end credits. That being Michigan indie filmmaker Ryan Meade. I don't recall if he's done it for all his flicks but I'm pretty sure he's at least done it on "100 Miles to Midnight" and "You Can't Rent Here Anymore".

    Also, great episode! I listened to the whole thing in one sitting which is less impressive when I mention that I'm a real life projectionist and so have lots of free time sitting in the dark at work to do such things. Anyways, listening to your podcasts always make me want to go back and rewatch these great films. Keep up the good work!

    1. Terence,

      Thanks for the support! Glad you like the show.

      Funny about the budget at the end of the films - I think that should be a disclosure for all Hollywood films! HA!


      Rob St. Mary
      co-host of "The Projection Booth"

  2. Unfortunately, it seems as though Kotcheff never learned that Dennehy allegedly lied about being a Vietnam Vet and never served time overseas.

    "I lied about serving in Vietnam, and I'm sorry. I did not mean to take away from the actions and the sacrifices of the ones who did really serve there...I did steal valor. That was very wrong of me. There is no real excuse for that. I was a peace-time Marine, and I got out in 1963 without ever serving in Vietnam... I started the story that I had been in 'Nam, and I got stuck with it. Then I didn't know how to set the record straight."


  3. Another super-epic episode on not only one of my all-time favourite films but the novel that inspired it, another version of the novel shot by one dude in his apartment (wtf?) and the recent(ish) Rambo-inspired British kids comedy, Son of Rambow.

    I still haven't seen Son of Rambow and the ultra-low budget Flooding With Love For The Kid but they're on the list!