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Walking Tall (1973)

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Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

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Pauline Pusser
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Grandpa Carl Pusser (as Noah Beery)
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Ed Call ...
Lutie McVey
Dominick Mazzie ...
Bozo
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Margie Ann
Brenda Benet ...
Luan Paxton (as Brenda Benét)
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Buel Jaggers
Russell Thorson ...
Ferrin Meaks
Gil Perkins ...
1st Bouncer
Carey Loftin ...
Dice Player
Warner Venetz ...
Stickman
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Storyline

Buford Pusser's a wrestler, whose wife wants him to settle down, so they go to his home town in Tennessee, where he plans to get into business with his father. But he is shocked to discover all sorts of graft and corruption going on. And when he is a victim of it and decides to strike back by running against the corrupt sheriff. And he wins and wages his own little war against them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The measure of a man is how tall he walks. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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22 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Walking Tall  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to a biography of Buford Pusser written by Dwana Pusser (his daughter), Pusser never carried a wooden post, though he was known to pick one up whenever it was needed. See more »

Goofs

When Pusser is in the morgue you can clearly see a boom coming in from off screen. Then in the next scene outside you again can clearly see a microphone poking up from below. See more »

Quotes

Judge R.W. Clarke: Why you self appointed dictator!... All you know is force and violence!... You don't understand the simplest things about the law!
Buford: I understand the difference between a poor honest judge and a rich dishonest one!
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Connections

Followed by Walking Tall (1981) See more »

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Walking Tall
Sung by Johnny Mathis
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
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Very interesting film, couldn't step away
21 February 2006 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I caught this film in 2006 on the action channel while surfing for something quick to watch for 30 min. I was still there at the end and I had no idea this was supposed to be based on a true story until the credits rolled. It's especially interesting to read some of the reviews here and learn of the fate of the actors and actresses and Mr. Bufford himself outside of the film.

Wow, 33 years ago. I was about 6 when this was made and I'm sure my parents drove a dodge like that ... I can still feel the heat from the vinyl seats burning my legs in the middle of summer.

As for the mystery boom-mike that several folks mention, maybe I was too into the story and in awe of life in the southern US, but I never saw it once! Definitely worth a viewing. As one reviewer said, it may be a good one to watch when you've given up on finding any body left 'walking tall' around you. I saw the remake with 'the rock' before this version. Not even close. The rock's version is your typical Hollywood action flick. This one felt pretty real for '73 and it does get your blood boiling. Granted, some scenes seem pretty far fetched, but the key focus on corruption is there through-out. Maybe we need someone to make an up to date film featuring behind the scenes at Enron.


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