“They drew first blood, not me”… with those words, an iconic movie was born. October 22, 2023 marks 41 years since the release of beloved action movie, Rambo: First Blood, filmed right here in Hope. First Blood tells the tale of Vietnam War veteran John Rambo who finds himself at odds with local law enforcement in the fictional own of Hope, Washington. With a gripping storyline and powerful action sequences, the film has an enduring fanbase and lasting legacy which Hope is proud to be a part of! We invite you to take a Rambo Road Trip this coming weekend, October 20 – 22nd, and visit us in Hope as we celebrate all things Rambo. From visiting film locations on a guided tour, to watching the classic film on a big screen; devouring a colossal Rambo burger to shopping for Rambo merch, you’ll find plenty of ways to join in the fun!

First Blood Screenings at Hope Cinema

Every evening during the filming of First Blood, Stallone and other crew members would review dailies right in our local cinema. And this October, you can sit in the very same theatre and watch Rambo’s first movie adventure in the best way possible! The Hope Cinema will be playing First Blood several times through Rambo Days and it’s a screening that fans won’t want to miss! Trust us, it’s way better on the big screen! See the showtimes below:

October 19th @ 7:30 pm
October 20th @ 7:30 pm
October 21st @ 7:30 pm
October 22nd @ 2:00 pm
October 24th @ 7:30 pm

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Guided Walking Tour

Our resident Rambo First Blood expert, Brian McKinney, will be taking fans on his famous First Blood walking tour around Hope! On this shortened version of the tour, you will see the exact location of famous movie moments, many of which look nearly the exact same as they did over 40 years ago! You will also be treated to Brian’s first-hand accounts of what it was like to be here in Hope for the filming of First Blood, including behind-the-scenes stories and more! See below for tour details:

Date: Saturday, October 21st
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Starting location: HCC Visitor Centre | 919 Water Avenue

See the First Blood Motorcycle

This iconic motorcycle will be on display at the VC for one day only! Make sure you stop by to see it up close and get a photo with it! See below for details of where and when it will be available for viewing:

Date: Sunday, October 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: HCC Visitor Centre | 919 Water Avenue

Go on the self guided walking tour

If you can’t make it to Brian’s walking tour, we definitely recommend that you take the self-guided tour! Click the button below to read our self guided walking tour blog and stop at the HCC Visitor Centre to grab a physical copy to take with you on your Rambo adventure!

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Get a pic with our chainsaw carvings

Commissioned by world famous carver, Ryan Villiers, our two celebrity carvings on Wallace street are a must stop for photos! Come see our John Rambo and Sheriff Teasle carvings and get a pic with these iconic landmarks of Hope’s Downtown during the month of October before they are put away for the winter.

Shop for Rambo Merch

Want to buy some Rambo: First Blood merch to commemorate your visit? Here are a few spots that you can do some shopping at:

Hope, Cascades & Canyons Visitor Centre | Tons of First Blood wearables and more!

Artisan’s Attic | First Blood wearables, fudge, and more!

Kerfuffle Creations | Official Rambo Knife replicas and other First Blood memorabilia

Stratus Vapor Shop | First Blood merchandise

Washtub Launderette | Rambo Apparel

Other First Blood Offerings

Many of our local businesses are also jumping into the Rambo: First Blood festivities! There are lots of spots to get some Rambo-themed eats, treats, and other products, check out our list below!

Flames Pizza & Pasta | Try their tasty Rambo Pizza!

Mountainview Brewing Co. | Enjoy the classic First Blood Orange beer on tap and take your pic in the Rambo: First Blood cutout. Enter to win a $25 gift card. Get $2 off First Blood 4-packs and try the Sly’der burgers! Friday to Sunday only.

Rolly’s Restaurant
| Try their “RAMBOWL” for the fitting price of $19.82. Take your receipt to the HCC Visitor Centre for a chance to win a First Blood / Rambo T-shirt!

Stallone’s | Steak and Spaghetti for $15, Rambo Caesar with a slider for $9. Tell them what year First Blood was filmed and get 10% off your meal.

The Silver Chalice | A pint of First Blood Orange beer and a Rambo Burger for only $29.95.

The Rolling Pin Bakery | Munch on cute and delicious Rambo Cookies!

Tree Hugger Wellness Bar | Enjoy their fresh and healthy Rambo juice.

Kingpin Lounge | Rambo themed drinks!

Ricky’s | 8oz steak and garlic prawns served with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes for $27.95

We hope you can join us as we pay homage to Rambo: First Blood, right here in the town where it all started! Follow Rambo: First Blood Tourism on Facebook for all the latest and greatest Rambo content. For even more HCC inspiration, visit our Visitor Centre at 919 Water Street, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok!

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