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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... See more »

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Buford Pusser
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Pauline
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Mike
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Dwana
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Grandpa (as Noah Beery)
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Grandma
Ed Call ...
Lutie McVeigh
Dominick Mazzie ...
Bozo
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Margie Ann
Brenda Benet ...
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
Gene LeBell ...
2nd Bouncer
Del Monroe ...
Otie Doss
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Sheriff Al Thurman
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Grady Coker
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Dr. Lamar Stivers
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Obra Eaker
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Judge Clarke (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Lloyd Tatum ...
Prosecutor
Vaudie Plunk ...
Jury Foreman
Wanea Wes ...
Singer
Sam Laws ...
Willie Rae Lockman
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Callie Hacker
John Brascia ...
Prentiss Parley
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Augie McCullah
Pearline Wynn ...
Hassie Berlson
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Zolan Dicks
Ted Jordan ...
Virgil Button
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Sheriff Tanner
Andrew J. Pirtle ...
Prisoner
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John Witter
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Arno Purdy
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Sheldon Levine
John Myhers ...
Lester Dickens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lloyd Harris ...
Doctor in E.R. (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jim Sanderson ...
Sheriff Deputy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Phil Karlson

Written by (WGA)

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Mort Briskin ... (writer)
 
Stephen Downing ... (writer)
 
John Michael Hayes ... () (uncredited)

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Joel Briskin ... associate producer
Mort Briskin ... producer
Charles A. Pratt ... executive producer

Music by

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Walter Scharf

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Jack A. Marta ... director of photography

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Harry W. Gerstad ... (as Harry Gerstad)

Casting By

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Irving Lande

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Stan Jolley

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Phyllis Garr
Oscar Rodriguez

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Virginia Jones ... hair stylist
Jack H. Young ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Floyd Joyer ... production manager
John Pommer ... production executive (as John E. Pommer)
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... post-production supervisor (as Houseley Stevenson)

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Ralph E. Black ... assistant director (as Ralph Black)
David 'Buck' Hall ... assistant director
Mark Sandrich Jr. ... second assistant director (as Mark Sandrich)

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Sam Gordon ... properties
Wally Graham ... construction coordinator (as Wallace Graham)

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David Dockendorf ... re-recording mixer
Andrew Gilmore ... production sound mixer (as Andy Gilmore)
James J. Klinger ... sound editor

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Sass Bedig ... special effects

Stunts

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Carey Loftin ... stunt coordinator
Gil Perkins ... stunt coordinator
Roydon Clark ... stunt double: Joe Don Baker (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Earl Kennedy ... chief electrician
Sherman Kunkel ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Else Blangsted ... music editor

Transportation Department

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James D. Brubaker ... transportation coordinator (as Jim Brubaker)

Other crew

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Bruce Glover ... acting mentor
Hazel W. Hall ... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Buford Pusser ... technical advisor
Maury Foladare ... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines His most powerful weapon is the truth See more »
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Also Known As
  • Justice sauvage (France)
  • Der Große aus dem Dunkeln (Germany)
  • Pisando fuerte (Spain)
  • Lahjomaton sheriffi (Finland)
  • Agrios, skliros ekdikitis (Greece)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The elected officials of McNairy County, Tennessee, the setting of the movie, were so embarrassed by the national attention brought to the corrupt county that they refused to allow the movie to be shot there. It was consequently shot in neighboring Chester County. The short-sighted officials didn't realize the amount of money it would bring into McNairy County, one of the poorest counties in Tennessee. However, when the remake, Walking Tall (2004) was announced, the county aggressively "courted" the filmmakers, trying to get the movie made in McNairy County. It was to no avail, as the remake was shot in Vancouver, BC. See more »
Goofs The shadow of the boom mic moving on the wall behind Buford in Judge Clarke's chambers when they are discussing the assault on Obra. See more »
Movie Connections Followed by Walking Tall Part II (1975). See more »
Soundtracks Walking Tall See more »
Quotes John Witter: [to Buford] Ya know, ideals and realties are very far apart. One day you're gonna see that son. And if ya don't, someone's gonna point it out to you... CLEARLY!
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