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Such laws, since the 1972 Supreme Court decision Papachristou v. Jacksonville, have to be written so that they're not arbitrarily vague or enforced and that proper public notice has to be given. Since the movie was set after that time, it could be argued that Teasle wasn't acting within US law although a vagrancy law that predated that decision might still ...


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I think the definitions of sheriff versus that of police chief helps to distinguish whether Will Teasle is truly acting outside the allowable confines of the role.The easy answer is that sheriffs exercise control exactly the way they want, subject only to the citizenry they serve, because the job is political in addition to law enforcement. His job ...


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It's part of the reason why this movie was so popular, and in the directors commentary Sylvester Stallone credits anti-Vietnam attitudes for making the film a success. Wikipedia has the film labelled as "First Blood was a post-Vietnam War psychological thriller". An interesting article on American war films proposes the idea that First Blood represents ...



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