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Walking Tall (1973)

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
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Grandpa (as Noah Beery)
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Ed Call ...
Lutie McVeigh
Dominick Mazzie ...
Bozo
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Margie Ann
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Luan Paxton (as Brenda Benét)
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Buel Jaggers
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Ferrin Meaks
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1st Bouncer
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Dice Player
Warner Venetz ...
Stickman
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Storyline

A surprise hit when it premiered, Walking Tall carried the theme of one man standing up for his sense of right and wrong. Selmer, a small town in southwest Tennessee, served as the authentic background for the bio-pic of the heroic southern Sheriff. Joe Don Baker did an admirable job with the role, and the hugely violent film was a surprise hit. Former Sheriff Pusser himself was set to potray himself in the sequel, but he died in a car crash as he as returning from his contract signing in California. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. While the Walking Tall franchise will never be on any list of Classic Film, the original is a great slice of Americana, Circa '70s. It made Bakers' career and perhaps kicked the 'southsploutation' genre of that decade into gear. Written by rick rothermel

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Buford "The Bull" made them pay for every sin! See more »


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22 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Große aus dem Dunkeln  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The character of John Witter is loosely based on Carl "Towhead" White, who headed the stateline mob. It was believed that Buford Pusser had him assassinated. Louise Hathcock was his girlfriend. See more »

Goofs

When Buford is "busting up a still", there is a crew member crouched down beside the car. See more »

Quotes

Buford: Tomorrow morning I gonna learn what's in this criminal code book word for word... You know what you have to worry about Your Honor is what part of this I can use against you!
[slams door]
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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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