The birthplace of Hollywood North? Hope B.C. celebrates 35th anniversary of Rambo: First Blood

Hope, B.C., continues to celebrate the role it played in the Sylvester Stallone film, Rambo: First Blood as well as bringing other film productions to the province.

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Hope B.C. with its rugged geography was the backdrop for the 1982 movie Rambo: First Blood. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, the town celebrated the 35th anniversary of the film. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

British Columbia’s film industry is booming these days, and one town in the Fraser Valley is taking the credit for getting it going 35 years ago.

Hope, B.C., continues to celebrate the role it played in the Sylvester Stallone film, Rambo: First Blood as well as bringing other film productions to the province.

“Here we are 35 years later in what’s basically the birthplace for Hollywood North,” said Brian Mckinney, who works at the town’s visitor centre.

The film was released in 1982. It’s about John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran who goes to war with the abusive police force in the fictional town of Hope, Washington.

Ian Davidson Newby military consultant Rambo: First Blood
Ian Davidson Newby was a military consultant on the movie. For the anniversary party on Oct. 8, 2017, he came dressed as Brian Dennehy’s character, Sheriff Will Teasle. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, residents and fans watched two screenings of the movie, took tours of where filming took place, and checked out props that were used.

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