f you've ever read the David Morell novel that is the inspiration for First Blood, you know its a much different story. Since the novel is over 40 years old, I think we can proceed to drop spoilers. In the book, Rambo is a much more tortured person, and much more violent if you can believe that. For a character whose name has become unduly synonymous with over-the-top violence, John Rambo's introductory movie has a mere body count of one. That's right, only one person is killed in the entire movie—and it's the jerk deputy who falls out of a helicopter. Plus three dogs. Contrarily, in the book, Rambo kills all of the sheriff's deputies who chase him into the woods and the civilian dog handler instead of just wounding them like he did in the movie. Also, Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehey) is a more central character in the book—you could even call him the protagonist. He's a Korean War veteran, which contrasts with Rambo's Vietnam Vet experience. There is a hint of this in the movie. When we see Teasle at his desk, behind him you can see his service awards in a shadowbox, including what looks like a bronze star.