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(1973)

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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.
When the sequel to this film was announced, the title was to be "Buford" and the real Buford Pusser was supposed to play himself. However, Pusser's suspicious death before the film began convinced the producers to change the title to "Walking Tall Part 2". Bo Svenson played Pusser.
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Many residents of McNairy County were upset and turned their back on Sheriff Buford Pusser when the movie was shot in neighboring Chester County, shutting them out of the money being spent by the production. Pusser subsequently lost re-election for Sheriff.
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Two actresses associated with this film went on to commit suicide: Elizabeth Hartman jumped from the 5th floor of a Pittsburgh apartment building in June 1987; Brenda Benet took her life in April 1982. She had been married to Bill Bixby.
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Sheriff Buford Pusser was the technical consultant for this movie. On its sequels, Walking Tall Part II (1975) and Final Chapter: Walking Tall (1977), his father Carl Pusser was the technical consultant.
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Opened 6/15/73 in Seattle, Washington, at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Its ad campaign, whose slogan was "When was the last time you stood up and applauded a movie?", was one of the most successful in Hollywood's history.
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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.
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Buford's actual house was turned into a museum after his death. The car that he died in, a red 1974 Corvette, is on display there.
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Offered to Kris Kristofferson.
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Although Mike is portrayed as a boy of about 9, he was actually 18 at the time of his mothers death. He was Pauline's son by a former marriage, and not Buford's son.
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There is only one scene in the entire movie where Sheriff Pusser's car can be seen with a rear view mirror. When he arrives at the courthouse just before meeting John Witter.
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Cameo (Carey Loftin): the gambler that Sheriff Pusser catches cheating.
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The character Callie Hacker is loosely based on Louise Hathcock. She was shot and killed by Buford Pusser, but the incident didn't take place in a club. It took place in a motel.
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Obra Eaker is loosely based on Dave Lipford, the first black deputy sheriff in Tennessee.
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Buford's real-life daughter, Dwana, can be seen behind the thug during the racing scene in Part 2 Walking Tall.
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