SYLVESTER STALLONE | Offscreen
Rocky, Rambo... or the 1980s myth of the ultra-powerful bodybuilder, whose muscles represent Reagan's American imperialism. He wins the war, all by himself; he's the symbol of the excesses of the prevailing ultra-liberalism. Rambo: First Blood Part II, an anti-communist movie, continues the Vietnam War in the 1980s. The global box-office booms, with hundreds of dollars in profits. Sylvester Stallone became a superstar, thanks to the efficient approach of George P. Cosmatos, who transforms Stallone into a legendary icon (just like Cobra): all teenagers watch in fascination. With the thriller Nighthawks (ex French Connection 3), Stallone tries his hand at a different type of character – by hiding his muscles. The result disappoints at the box-office and discourages Stallone. But the film, inspired by the hunt for terrorist Carlos, deserves to be rediscovered, if only for the nervous direction – and a Rutger Hauer at the top of his game.