Weekend At Rambo's
June 21, 2011
In 1982, the classic film First Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone, debuted. The world was introduced to Rambo, a Vietnam vet who since returning home has had trouble fitting in. He just wants to be left alone, but if you insist, he’s ready to bring it. An army of men, and even Brian Dennehy, are no match for his special killing and maiming skills. The film was a great success and spawned three sequels.
Recently I discovered that Ted Kotcheff, the director of First Blood, also directed the 1989 cult classic film Weekend at Bernie’s. Other than sharing the same director, it may seem that these films have nothing in common, and pretty much they don’t. Weekend at Bernie’s is a comedy starring Andrew McCarthy (Larry) and Jonathan Silverman (Richard), who are invited to their boss’s beach house for the weekend. They’re trying to pretend that their boss, Bernie, who has been killed by a hit man, is still alive because otherwise they might be bumped off themselves. Bernie seems to be holding up really well, given the warm climate of the island, and no one notices he’s dead, except of course, for Larry and Richard. It’s kind of surprising that no one ever remarks on the inevitable odd smell. Ted Kotcheff shows his versatility with these two classic, albeit very different, 80s films.
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