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Mort Briskin (writer)
Stephen Downing (writer)
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Release Date:
22 February 1973 (USA) See more »
Take your best shot... 'cause it'll probably be your last. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(22 articles)
User Reviews:
Buford Pusser is the best! See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joe Don Baker ... Buford Pusser

Elizabeth Hartman ... Pauline Pusser

Leif Garrett ... Mike Pusser

Dawn Lyn ... Dwana Pusser

Noah Beery Jr. ... Grandpa Carl Pusser (as Noah Beery)

Lurene Tuttle ... Grandma Pusser
Ed Call ... Lutie McVey
Dominick Mazzie ... Bozo

Lynn Borden ... Margie Ann
Brenda Benet ... Luan Paxton (as Brenda Benét)

Arch Johnson ... Buel Jaggers
Russell Thorson ... Ferrin Meaks
Gil Perkins ... 1st Bouncer
Carey Loftin ... Dice Player
Warner Venetz ... Stickman
Gene LeBell ... 2nd Bouncer
Del Monroe ... Otie Doss
Gene Evans ... Sheriff Al Thurman

Bruce Glover ... Grady Coker

Don Keefer ... Dr. Lamar Stivers
Felton Perry ... Obra Eaker

Douglas Fowley ... Judge R.W. Clarke (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Lloyd Tatum ... Prosecutor
Vaudie Plunk ... Jury Foreman
Wanea Wes ... Singer
Sam Laws ... Willie Rae Lockman

Rosemary Murphy ... Callie Hacker
John Brascia ... Prentiss Parley

Kenneth Tobey ... Augie McCullah
Pearline Wynn ... Hassie Berlson
Pepper Martin ... Zolan Dicks
Ted Jordan ... Virgil Button

Red West ... Sheriff Tanner
Andrew J. Pirtle ... Prisoner
Logan Ramsey ... John Witter
Richard X. Slattery ... Arno Purdy
Sidney Clute ... Sheldon Levine
John Myhers ... Lester Dickens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lloyd Harris ... Doctor in E.R. (uncredited)

Chris Ladd ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jim Sanderson ... Sheriff Deputy (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mort Briskin  writer
Stephen Downing  writer
John Michael Hayes  uncredited

Produced by
Joel Briskin .... associate producer
Mort Briskin .... producer
Charles A. Pratt .... executive producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
Casting by
Irving Lande 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Garr 
Oscar Rodriguez 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist
Production Management
Floyd Joyer .... production manager
John Pommer .... production executive (as John E. Pommer)
Houseley Stevenson Jr. .... post-production supervisor (as Houseley Stevenson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (as Ralph Black)
David 'Buck' Hall .... assistant director
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... second assistant director (as Mark Sandrich)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... properties
Wally Graham .... construction coordinator (as Wallace Graham)
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Gilmore .... production sound mixer (as Andy Gilmore)
James J. Klinger .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
Gil Perkins .... stunt coordinator
Roydon Clark .... stunt double: Joe Don Baker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl Kennedy .... chief electrician
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Transportation Department
James D. Brubaker .... transportation coordinator (as Jim Brubaker)
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Buford Pusser .... technical advisor
Maury Foladare .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1986) (video) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1986) (video) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1974) (theatrical) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1974) (theatrical) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:16 (video rating) | Norway:(Banned) (1974-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
Filming Locations:

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Continuity: When the townspeople arrive at the house and Buford comes down the stairs, the stairs are on the left-hand side. When he opens the door, the stairs are on the right.See more »
Buford:[talking to the jury after showing his scars] If you let them do this to me and get away with it, THEN YOU'RE GIVING THEM THE ETERNAL RIGHT TO DO THE SAME DAMN THING TO ANY ONE OF YOU!See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Buford Pusser is the best!, 27 August 2002
Author: wlmlbl from Hawaii

One great movie! Joe Don Baker does a great job portraying Buford Pusser. This movies deals with a man that has just givin up pro wrestlng because he is sick and tired of being controlled by someone else. He returns home to Tennessee, and finds the same thing going on. His mother warns him to ignore it, but by accident, he finds out the hard way how these people operate. His battle is an uphill one. First, he is jailed for robbing the local bar. He acts as his own defense at the trial and wins. Then the local sheriff tries to kill him, and is killed himself. Once Pusser is elected sheriff, the fight really begins. He eventually cleans out the graft and corruption in McNairy County, and then he is ambushed, and his wife is tragically killed. Pusser finally has one last showdown with the people at the Lucky Spot. I would like to have seen Joe Don Baker do the other two movies. This movie is a real tear jerker at the end.

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