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Walking Tall (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime  |  2 April 2004 (USA)
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A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Stan Watkins
Chris Vaughn (as The Rock)
Chris Vaughn Sr.
Connie Vaughn
Michelle Vaughn
Pete Vaughn
Deputy Ralston


After eight years serving the U.S. Army Special Forces, Sergeant Chris Vaughn returns to his hometown seeking for a job in the local mill. He is informed by Sheriff Stan Watkins that the mill was closed three years ago and now the Wild Cherry Casino, owned by his former high school friend Jay Hamilton, is the major source of jobs and income to the town. Chris goes home, and meets his best-friend Ray Templeton, who organized a football game with their friends. After the game, Jay invites Chris and his friends to spend the night in his casino on him, but when Chris finds that the casino crabs dealer is cheating with loaded dice, he fights against the security men and is almost killed by them. When his nephew Pete overdosed on crystal meth sold by the security men at the casino, Chris realizes that the town is dominated by the mobsters and the corrupt sheriff and with a huge piece of wood, he breaks the casino and the criminals. He is prosecuted and in the trial, he promises to the jury ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One man will stand up for what's right.


Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con la frente en alto  »

Box Office


$56,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,501,114 (USA) (2 April 2004)


$1,350,314 (Australia) (20 August 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Kevin Bray wanted to update the "Pusser stick" by making it a baseball bat instead of a piece of wood but there were objections, so the compromise was to just add a handle. See more »


In the hospital, and in the courtroom, Chris can be seen to have huge scars across his stomach and chest, all the way up his right shoulder. When Deni and Chris take off their shirts in the police station, Chris has no scars. See more »


[Chris has been captured by Jay's men; he lays on a table. Booth produces a craft knife]
Burke: What are you doing?
Booth: Special forces, special treatment!
Burke: This guy knows Hamilton!
BurkeBooth: [Booth grunts as he starts to cut into Chris' mid-section; Chris screams and struggles]
Booth: [to Burke] Hold him!
[Chris' screams continue]
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits begin with a dedication to Buford Pusser, on whom the story is based. See more »


Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.195 (2013) See more »


Higher Ground
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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So? It's short. I know that. :)
6 December 2004 | by (Cedar Falls, IA) – See all my reviews

The key note here is inspired by a true story. Not based. So who knows whats true and whats not. I doubt Meth was a big time operation in the early 70's or whenever this was based. But nevermind that, this was a fun movie. Yes it's rushed, yes it's 75 minutes long. Yes there is indeed 11 minutes worth of credits. O_O

But if you wanna see a good Dwayne Johnson movie, this is certainly better than the other movies he's done so far.

The acting isn't too bad and good IL Johnny Knoxville continue's to have a lot of fun. He's growing on me. the sheriff's girlfriend seems to be a dead ringer (at least for the movie) to Britney Spears. Although just like Spears, her acting abilities are much in doubt. Dwayne's a good actor. Hey he's a wrestler, and he's had a lot of practice in that area. Wrestling is all about acting. ;)


Quality: 5/10 Entertainment: 10/10 Replayable: 10/10

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