Why They’re Expendable: Sylvester Stallone

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am,

#5 – Cobra

the expendables sylvester stallone cobra Why Theyre Expendable: Sylvester Stallone

OK look – when you are such a badass cop that your nickname comes from one of the most deadliest snakes on the planet, then you have officially taken over as King of the Land of Badass. He’s smooth, he’s tough and he’s the cure for which crime is the disease.

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#4 – Rocky Balboa

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People thought Stallone was crazy for attempting one more Rocky film (especially after the letdown that was Rocky V) but he had one more story he wanted to tell and man did he tell it well. There are very few films that tug on my hearts strings, but Rocky Balboa did just that. This was a fantastic ending to such a memorable character.

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#3 – Rocky IV

the expendables sylvester stallone rocky iv Why Theyre Expendable: Sylvester Stallone

While Rocky 1, 2 and 3 were good, even great at times, there is nothing like watching the end fight in Rocky IV where Stallone goes up against fellow Expendable Dolph Lundgren. I’ve said it before, but if you don’t get chills from watching this scene then there is a good chance you may be dead inside.

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#2 – Rambo

the expendables sylvester stallone rambo Why Theyre Expendable: Sylvester Stallone

The Rambo series was another franchise that has a character who can only be played by Stallone. Twenty years passed between Rambo films and just like Rocky Balboa, Stallone again had a specific story he wanted to share with audiences. It may not be accepted by all viewers as a fine piece of filmmaking, but to fans of the series it was a pretty satisfying end chapter. And man, talk about bloodshed – the last twenty minutes of Rambo has enough graphic violence to make most other action movies look like rom-coms.

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#1 – First Blood

the expendables sylvester stallone first blood Why Theyre Expendable: Sylvester Stallone

This is the one that started it all. The film that put Stallone on the action hero map. This movie and character made every man and boy want to go out buy an over-sized military combat knife, strip topless, cover himself in mud, put on a red bandanna and live in the forest. Funny thing about the knife – in each film it gets bigger and bigger until in the last Rambo he tosses it and makes a homemade machete half the size of my leg. Read into that whoever you want.

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It’s been a long fun Expendables Week here at Screen Rant, and we thank you for strolling down – what is for a lot of us – memory lane. Most of the writers on this site grew up watching these sometiems cheesy but always exciting action films from the ’80s and ’90s, and we hope you’ve had as much fun reminiscing about them as we did.

What are your choices for the films that best qualify Stallone to be an Expendable?

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  1. nice list paul!!! im writing this comment and watching rambo 3 at the same time lol. the bookends to the rocky kovies were mr favorites of the series..and yeah rocky balboa does tug on ones heart, it was hard for me to watch at a couple of points, most notably the meathouse scene with him and paualie.

  2. Cobra above Rocky? Man, what are you guys drinking over there ? :)

    Glad Cop Land is on there, one of the most underrated movies. Not a lot of people even heard of it.

    Also agree with #1. Every single time First Blood is on TV I watch it (which has been happening a lot on AMC). Just a damn good movie. Really original protagonist and some really good antagonists too.

    • I think that may have been my personal bias coming into play. Cobra has been one of my favorites for a long time and even though I recognize how important the original Rocky is to the whole series, I found the movie itself to be a tad slow and boring. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good movie mind you just a personal preference :)

      BTW, Stallone only got paid 30K to do Cop Land.

      • wow really? was that something that he was ok with?

        • Yeah. He thought the story was good enough that he took a huge cut in pay just to do it. They didn’t have much of a budget and it really was one of his best performances.

          • i actually liked that movie a lot, just wish it was a little longer, woulda liked to see more of those characters

            • Fair enough Paul. Like you, I am bias because I do boxing and Rocky movies were what peak my interest in it. But Cobra’s aviators and leather jacket and five o’clock shadow look beat Rocky’s fedora schmuck look any day. I’ll give you that.

              CRAZY that he only got 30K for that but I’m glad they gave him a chance to actually act along side De Niro and Liotta. And he did a DAMN GOOD job too.

  3. 4 words… “I AM THE LAW!”

  4. “I could of killed them all and I could of killed you , in town your the law out here it’s me, First Blood the birth of John Rambo the start of a great story told over 4 films pure awesomeness I love and own all 4 films ^_^

  5. Yeah where was Judge Dredd? :)

    • sam, i know you are kidding right LOL

  6. WTH WHERE IS OVER THE TOP!!!!!

    • over the top LOL….

    • Hey don’t think I didn’t consider Over the Top now – a trucker driver who whoops butt at Arm Wrestling and teaches his son how to do it too? Yeah that was definitely a possibility. I mean, to this day when I see someone arm wrestling I want to scream “Go over the top!”

  7. The Copland movie comment. I believe all the stars in that movie took a lot less than normal to it. Quite a few stars in that flick. Havey Keitel and Deniro just to name a few. Was unaware Stallone did it for 30k. I’d gave to see where you got that info from though.

  8. I’m glad you included Demolition Man; I really liked that movie and each time I see it on the guide, something just makes me tune to it. IMHO, it’s very under-rated.

    • It’s funny…as I searched YouTube looking for these video clips I found myself watching one after another and remembering that I hadn’t watched these films in a while. I’m going to have to make a list and start working my way down it again :)

  9. A cobra is not the most deadliest snake on the planet.I believe that title goes to the black mamba.That’s right,I’m a stickler.

    • “…nickname comes from one of the most deadliest snakes on the planet…”

      I know which is why I said ONE OF the most deadliest and not THE deadliest. :)

      • its the taipan…not the mamba, the mamba is known for its ferocity in attacks, actually chasing its victims, striking multple times. as far as lethal toxicity though, its the Taipan

  10. you can always tell if the Stallone movie will be good by the name of his character if you can name your dog it (Rocky-Rambo-Freddy Copland)then it will be a good movie or if he has a animals name in the movie (Cobra-even Night Hawks ) check it out his name was Dasilva and Billy Dee’s name was Fox –DA Silva Fox LOL it kinda like a Tom Hanks Movie if he Pees in it then you know it will be good LOL don’t believe me (forrest-Green Mile -Castaway)

  11. Lock Up should have been considered as well but the list is well done. I feel sad and lame to say I own all of those movies. I loved that Tango & Cash is on here. Damn Kurt Russell, he should have said yes to The Expendables.

    • @Alex

      Why be ashamed? Those movies are great, no matter what people say. I grew up on these movies and they’ll always be the movies I love; the movies I stop flipping channels for, the movies I show to my kids, etc. This is getting sentimental.

      And I do have to say that our generation had much better movies to grow up on then today’s teenage generation films. Can you imagine these tweens growing up and trying to convince others of how great Twilight or Hight School Musical is? I’ll take Tango and Cash and Rambo any day.

      And btw, Lock Up is my favorite Stallone movie, so good pick.

      • Sentimental indeed. Thanks ogb, you’re absolutely right. Our generation is definitely the best for many other reasons as well. I actually chuckled out loud at the thought of your Twilight/High School Musical comment.
        I just watched Lock Up for the gazillionth time. Great movie.

  12. Great selection of movies and I totally agree that Cop Land was a very underrated film. Some of Sly’s best acting work, ever. I can’t argue with number 1, either. First Blood is one of THE all-time bad ass action films. I still think the original Rocky should be #2. Sly wouldn’t have been able to make the other films without having hit the ball out of the park with that film.

  13. RHINESTONE. :)

  14. Oh how I do love Sylvester Stallone. I believe that this is a great tribute to Sylvester Stallone because overall he is really underrated. No one thought he could be someone and look where he is today!!! I read an excerpt from one of his books and he is truly an inspiring person. I think every one of these movies are great and have seen them endless times. I myself have wanted an over the top (pun) RAMBO army knife, I mean it is hard not to!!!!

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