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Michael Bowen ... Sheriff Stan Watkins

Johnny Knoxville ... Ray Templeton

Dwayne Johnson ... Chris Vaughn (as The Rock)

Neal McDonough ... Jay Hamilton

Ashley Scott ... Deni

John Beasley ... Chris Vaughn Sr.

Barbara Tarbuck ... Connie Vaughn

Kristen Wilson ... Michelle Vaughn

Khleo Thomas ... Pete Vaughn

Kevin Durand ... Booth

Andrew Tarbet ... Jimmy

Patrick Gallagher ... Keith

John Stewart ... Rusty

Eric Breker ... Deputy Ralston

Ryan Robbins ... Travis

Michael Adamthwaite ... Burke

Darcy Laurie ... Smitty

Fred Keating ... Doctor
Ben Cardinal ... Michelle's Partner

Kett Turton ... Kenner
Terence Kelly ... Judge L. Powell
Tom Scholte ... Merle Crowe

Mark Houghton ... County Prosecutor

James Ashcroft ... Bailiff

Eric Keenleyside ... Dan Stadler

Aaron Douglas ... Casino Stickman

Michael Soltis ... Casino Maintenance Worker

April Telek ... Casino Waitress (as April Amber Telek)
Sandra Steier ... Addict Mother

Ben Cotton ... Drug Dealer

Cobie Smulders ... Exotic Beauty
Chelsie Amber McEachnie ... Lap Dancer

Kaja Gjesdal ... Lap Dancer
Melody Cherpaw ... Lap Dancer (as Melody Tinesa Cherpaw)
Alana Drozduke ... Casino Trashy Woman
Sandra Higueras ... Casino Trashy Woman

Ty Olsson ... Deputy
Ana Mirkovic ... Blackjack Dealer
David Purvis ... Ray's AA Sponsor

Beverley Elliott ... Nurse
Rita Edwards ... Wet T-Shirt Girl (as Rita Theresa Edwards)
Sarah Smith ... Wet T-Shirt Girl
Douglas Sheridan ... Boxman
Katina Robillard ... Dollar Bill Girl
Jacqueline Stewart ... Girl on Platform
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Artine Brown ... Casino Security (uncredited)
Sandra-Jessica Couturier ... Casino VIP (uncredited)

Mike Dopud ... Casino Security (uncredited)
Levi Woods ... Casino VIP (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Bray 
Writing credits
Mort Briskin (earlier screenplay)

David Klass (screenplay) and
Channing Gibson (screenplay) and
David Levien (screenplay) &
Brian Koppelman (screenplay)

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Bill Bannerman .... co-producer
Jim Burke .... producer
Lucas Foster .... producer
Marcienne Friesland .... associate producer
David Hoberman .... producer
Vince McMahon .... executive producer
Keith Samples .... executive producer
Paul Schiff .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Glen MacPherson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Bowers 
Robert Ivison 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
Roxanne Methot 
Set Decoration by
Louise Roper 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
Emanuela Daus .... makeup artist
Jeff Dawn .... makeup department head
Tannis Hegan .... makeup effects technician
Pearl Louie .... key makeup artist
Julie McHaffie .... key hair stylist
Beverly Moncrief .... contact lens technician
Tamar Ouziel .... assistant makeup artist
Rachel Solow .... hair stylist: The Rock
Maureen Terezakis .... special makeup effects producer
Howard Lau .... fabricator (uncredited)
Keith Lau .... fabricator (uncredited)
Shauna Magrath .... key makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Sherry Van Gool .... daily assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... fabricator (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Bannerman .... unit production manager
Suzanne Lore .... unit production manager
Vladimir Stefoff .... unit production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Basaraba .... third assistant director
Ashley Bell .... trainee assistant director
Charles Crossin .... second assistant director
Jeff Habberstad .... second unit director
Warren Hanna .... second assistant director: second unit
Mick MacKay .... first assistant director: second unit
David McLeod .... first assistant director (as David MacLeod)
Ian Samoil .... third assistant director: second unit
Sean Watson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Victoria Balharry .... art department coordinator
Lindsay Burke .... on-set dresser
John Crockett .... construction foreman
James Robert 'J.R.' Davis .... set decorating coordinator
Dean Goodine .... property master
Amrit Laura Gunhouse .... set designer (as Amrit)
Erich Hepnar .... head greens person
Reggie Hubble .... art department production assistant
Nicola Irwin .... set designer
Roger Jacoe .... paint coordinator
Steve Lamare .... lead dresser
Jason B. Landels .... assistant property master
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist (as Leonard Morganti)
Tanya A. Nordhoff .... assistant set decorator (as Tanya Nordhoff)
Tristan Oliver .... assistant set dresser
Adam Parboosingh .... assistant art director
Valentine Pavuls .... property master: second unit
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist
James Reddy .... lead dresser
Michel Rheault .... construction purchaser
Regan Steele .... set dresser
Chris Thompson .... construction coordinator
Bryan Wadsworth .... paint foreman
Trinita Waller .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor
Matt Dubin .... sound mix recordist (as Matthew Dubin)
Matt Dubin .... sound recordist
Lars Ekstrom .... production sound mixer
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Linda Folk .... adr supervisor
Mike Gardner .... boom operator
Gary Gegan .... re-recording sound mixer
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... re-recording sound mixer
Richard King .... sound designer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Darryl Marko .... cable (as J. Darryl Marko)
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
Michael A. Morongell .... sound mix engineer (as Michael Morongell)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Michele Perrone .... adr editor
Eric Potter .... sound effects recordist
Stuart Provine .... sound recordist: temp dub
John Roesch .... supervising foley artist
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Carolyn Tapp .... adr recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Dave Dunaway .... stunt rigger
Dean Lockwood .... special effects coordinator
Adam Tayler .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Michael Adkisson .... digital compositor: Title House Digital (as Mike Adkisson)
Martin Avitia .... digital editor: Title House Digital
Bill Coffin .... digital artist: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: Title House Digital (as Josh Comen)
Clay Dale .... digital artist: Pixel Magic
Patrick Flanagan .... digital compositor
Tim Gallegos .... dirt removal: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Max Harris .... Inferno artist: main titles, Post Logic Studios
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Peter Koczera .... senior digital artist
Julie Landholt .... end title graphics: Title House Digital (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
George Macri .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Nathan Martoff .... dirt removal: Post Logic Cinema Digital
David Fred Masselink .... digital compositor: Title House Digital (as Fred Masselink)
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Andrew Midgley .... digital compositing supervisor: Title House Digital
Joe Monroe .... data management: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Brad Moylan .... digital artist: Pixel Magic
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital artist: Pixel Magic
Clay Sparks .... digital editor: Title House Digital
Kevin Struckman .... 3D tracking: Pixel Magic
Jeff Varga .... digital effects artist
Juan Carlos Vargas .... visual effects (as Juan Vargas)
Orlando Delbert .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Mark Aisbett .... stunt player
Carolyn Anderson .... stunt player
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt player (as Scott Ateah)
Shawn Beaton .... stunt player
Krista Bell .... stunts
Jake Brake .... stunt rigger
Jason Calder .... stunt player
Sean Cannon .... stunt player
Douglas Chapman .... stunt player (as Doug Chapman)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunt player (as Gil Combs)
Mike Crestejo .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Vince Crestejo .... stunt player
Mike Dopud .... stunt player
Benjamin Easterday .... stunt double
Glenn Ennis .... stunt player
Ryan Ennis .... stunt player
Mark Fielding .... stunt player
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
Yvette Jackson .... stunt player
Neil Jones .... stunt player
Brad Kelly .... stunt player
Ken Kirzinger .... stunt player
Jake Lombard .... stunt rigging coordinator
Kirk McMeekan .... stunts
Steven McMichael .... stunt player (as Steve McMichael)
Rick Moore .... stunt player
David Morizot .... stunt fight coordinator
Gerald Paetz .... stunt player
Rick Pearce .... stunt player
Tanoai Reed .... stunt double: The Rock
John Sampson .... stunt player
Chris Sayour .... stunt player (as Christopher Sayour)
Darryl Scheelar .... stunt player
Ryan Schroeder .... stunt player
Larry M. Shorts .... utility stunts
Sharon Simms .... stunt player
David Soo .... stunt fight coordinator
Shawn Stewart .... stunt player
Owen Walstrom .... stunt player
John Wardlow .... stunt player
Claire Webb .... stunt player
Robin Webb .... stunt player
Gerald Wong .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bruce Adams .... assistant camera (as Michael Adams)
Artino Ahmadi .... second assistant camera
Bob Akester .... gaffer
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Terry Calhoun .... assistant lighting technician
Julian Chojnacki .... Steadicam operator
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bruce Crawford .... second company grip
David J. Dawson .... key grip (as David Dawson)
Jason Dryden .... dolly grip
Dwight Durham .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Darryl Foulds .... grip
Greg Fox .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Franco .... director of photography: second unit
Ian Guns .... crane operator: Technocrane
Derek Roald Hall .... grip
Kevin Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Dan Henshaw .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (as Daniel Henshaw)
Kenneth Hewlett .... camera operator: "c" camera
Trevor Holbrook .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Frederick Iannone .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stephen Jackson .... chief lighting technician (as Steve Jackson)
Dennis Jones .... chief rigging lighting technician
Neil Lachance .... key rigging grip (as Neil LaChance)
Andrew Learmonth .... video assist
Micah Llewellyn-Dance .... remote head technician
Garth Longmore .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jenny Madsen .... loader
Morgan McLachlan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Ralph Mendoza .... camera operator: SpaceCam (as Raphael P. Mendoza)
Paul Mitchnick .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Craig Munroe .... dolly grip
Mike Nixon .... technocrane operator
Brad Oleksy .... grip
Rob Parisien .... digital video assist coordinator
Dave Roman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Philip Rothwell .... technician: SpaceCam
Steve Sherlock .... best boy grip
Patrick Stepien .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Joe Waistell .... additional first assistant camera
Jim Wenting .... lighting board operator
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Kendra Shay Clark .... casting assistant
Errin Clutton .... casting coordinator: Canada
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Courtney Gross .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Sara LaCava .... casting assistant
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
James Moore .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Cameron .... assistant costume designer
Tara R. Hinecker .... costumer
Aieisha Li .... truck costumer: second unit
J.B. Owen .... costume set supervisor (as J.B. Owen-Sacallis)
Editorial Department
Henry Ball .... digital film recordist: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Laura Behary .... post-production assistant
Terry Brown .... digital motion picture services: LaserPacific
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services: LaserPacific
Frank Figueroa .... digital color assist: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Nancy Fuller .... high definition coordinator: LaserPacific
Tracey Grimes .... digital intermediate producer: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Matthew W. Johnson .... iq artist
Jesse Kobayashi .... high definition coordinator: LaserPacific
Bryan McMahan .... digital intermediate color timer: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Paul Millspaugh .... first assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Troy Nicholas .... digital motion picture services: LaserPacific
Brian Pete .... high definition editorial services: LaserPacific
Giselle Ponce .... post-production assistant
John Potter .... high definition color correction: LaserPacific
Kris Santa Cruz .... scanner: Post Logic Cinema Digital (as Kris Santa Kruz)
Betsy Solorzano .... telecine coordinator
Stacy Underhill .... digital motion picture services: LaserPacific
Cassandra Wiltshire .... digital intermediate producer: Post Logic Cinema Digital
Sharon Wong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tree Adams .... musician: guitar
Brent Brooks .... music editor
Mark Curry .... music mixer
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... musicians contractor
Boris Elkis .... music programmer
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Ashley Revell .... music editor
David Leggo Rojas .... music producer
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Adam Swart .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Mike Behuniak .... picture car mechanic
Donald Chase .... driver: construction department
Terence Cochlan .... driver: director
Ian-Peter Jacobi .... driver
Rod Patten .... transportation captain: second unit
Rick Rasmussen .... picture car mechanic: second unit
Robert Steeves .... transportation coordinator
Paul Talbot .... transportation captain
Larry Tardif .... electric truck driver
Bob Thorner .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Lori-Jayne Banko .... set production assistant
Bill Bannerman .... aerial unit coordinator
Steve Beeson .... accountant
Don Besse .... key location production assistant
Graham Blacklock .... craft service
Graham Blacklock .... first aid
Howard Blank .... technical advisor: casino
Ron Blecker .... armorer
Ron Blecker .... technical advisor
Amanda Bronswyk .... accounting clerk
Christina Bulbrook .... production coordinator (as Christina Margellos)
Dan Carr .... assistant location manager: second unit
Scott Catolico .... key location production assistant
John Cirigliano .... acting coach: The Rock
Ben Dietz .... assistant: Ashok Amritraj
Mike Doiron .... key production assistant
Byron Drinkle .... playback coordinator
Tai Duncan .... assistant: Paul Schiff
Benjamin Easterday .... stand-in: The Rock
Justin Elsworth .... production assistant
James Fantin .... production coordinator: second unit
Richard Faraci .... security: The Rock (as Rick Faraci)
Peggy Flood .... additional voice
Abraham Fraser .... location manager
Michael Ganczarczyk .... assistant: Kevin Bray
Hiram Garcia .... assistant: The Rock
Marty Garner .... assistant: The Rock
Madison Graie .... clearances coordinator
Simon Hall .... video/cgi playback
Frederick Heartline .... office production assistant
Jon Jashni .... production executive
Judith Jecmen .... legal and business affairs
Victor Juralowicz .... key location production assistant
Jennifer Kiefaber .... set production assistant
Jedrzej Kowalski .... assistant location manager (as Jendrek Kowalski)
Kyle Leydier .... assistant: Johnny Knoxville
David Linck .... unit publicist
Darren Ling .... security: The Rock
Chris Lirette .... set production assistant
Mary Jo Macvey .... tutor
Lukasz Madziag .... production assistant
Jane Mason .... assistant accountant
Brenda McClellan .... assistant accountant
Michelle McKay .... assistant: Bill Bannerman (as Michelle D. H. McKay)
Kim Meade .... assistant: David Hoberman
George Miller .... key location production assistant (as George F. Miller)
Susan Murray .... production coordinator: pre-production
Len Nasholm .... set security (as Lennart Ernst Masholm)
Geoff Palmer .... helicopter pilot
Joe Picher .... set security
Jon-Michael Preece .... script supervisor
Bryan Pyke .... security: The Rock
Jody Reavley .... assistant production coordinator (as Jodi Reavley)
Tania Rosa .... accounting clerk
Christine Stringer .... assistant: Paul Schiff & Kevin Bray
David Thompson .... assistant location manager: second unit
Victor Valencia .... post-production accountant
Stephanie Wander .... assistant: Lucas Foster
Ross Woo .... production assistant
Mike Atwater .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Campbell .... craft service (uncredited)
Levi Woods .... photo double (uncredited)
Buford Pusser .... dedicated to the memory of (as Sheriff Buford Pusser)
Christopher Violette .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language
86 min
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Walking Tall - The Cliff Notes Version, 5 April 2004
Author: clydestuff from United States

After having found Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's last film, The Rundown, a very enjoyable action outing, I was hoping for big things from The Rock. When I discovered his next film was this remake of the 1973 version of Walking Tall I was hoping for great things. The week before the premiere my enthusiasm was tempered by three huge things the film had working against it.

The first disappointment was in discovering it was to be an MGM release. From the studio that once boasted "more stars than there are in heaven" it can now be referred to the studio that makes it as cheap as possible, then throws it on the big screen for a few weeks, and finishes it off by rushing the DVD out to market. As a profitability concept, I can't argue whether the strategy is working or not, but having seen many of their recent films I can say it fails as far as any kind of cinematic achievements are concerned. Oh sure, once in a while they get lucky with one and it's half way decent, but it's not because of any real concern for quality.

The second slap in the face was to discover the running time was a little over an hour and fifteen minutes. Considering that the original Walking Tall with Joe Don Baker ran for over two hours, this was definitely not a good sign. Add to that the fact that I had once seen the running time of the remake listed as one hour and forty minutes, one could only guess as to what footage was now cluttering the cutting room floor.

Then the coup de grace was after reading some of the IMDB comments before leaving for the theater, we find that Vince McMahon, the guy who gave us Wrestling and even worst, the XFL, has his hand in this film some where. Things were not looking good this morning but my mind was made up and I was going to go. So, were my early hopes realized, or did my worst nightmare come true? The answer is somewhere in between.

Whereas the first Walking Tall film was a fictionalized account of Sheriff Buford Pusser of McNairy County in Tennessee, the writers, producers and director of this remake decided it wasn't fictionalized enough. Not only does it no longer take place in Tennessee, it now takes place in Washington. Our hero is no longer Buford Pusser the ex-wrestler he is now Chris Vaughn, ex U.S. Special Forces Sergeant. I guess it wouldn't have looked good to have The Rock talking negatively about wrestling the way Joe Don Baker badmouthed it in the original. Especially since Vince McMahon is a producer. Chris, unlike Buford who had a wife and two kids, is single. But he does have an ex-girlfriend lurking about somewhere. The reason I relate this information to you is because a lot of the original film depended on Buford's home life. In this version it is only slightly needed, which would partially explain the short running time. It also makes this remake a film that lacks the ability to involve us in it's storyline like we should be.

Walking Tall actually does start off well and is relatively faithful to the original. Upon returning home, Buford...err I mean Chris, returns home to find that the Lumber Mill that supported his home town has closed placing his father, Chris Sr. (John Beasley)out of work. Also living at home are his mother, his paramedic sister, and his nephew. Unfortunately, unlike the original film, his family is here for the purpose of supplying a few plot devices that develop later in the film and nothing more.

What is new in town is a corrupt casino, built by the an old buddy,(Neal Mcdonough), who closed the mill putting everybody out of work. On a visit there with his friend Ray (Johnny Knoxville), Chris finds some crooked dice at a crap game. After fighting with the casino's security force, he is subdued, viciously cut and left for dead. Later when Chris's nephew overdoses on drugs (ahh! the plot device I mentioned) supplied by the same people who knifed him, Chris decides to seek revenge. It is at this moment that the film begins to loose it's grip by degenerating into a series of poorly staged fights and even worse shoot 'em ups.

Portions of the film are entertaining, in large part due to the on screen natural charisma that The Rock has. Just as in The Rundown, the role of action hero seems to come naturally to him, and as far as acting ability is concerned, after only three leading roles he is already ahead of Schwarzenegger's capabilities after the same number of films. An even bigger surprise was Johnny Knoxville as his best friend Ray. He has some of the best written lines in the film, and seems to have just the right screen persona for his role. The rest of the cast is basically generic. Neal McDonough's villainous Jay, talks more threatening than he appears and that's a major problem. In the original film, the threat of danger always seemed imminent and except for Chris's initial fight, we never believe he or anyone else is in any real danger. Even a tussle between Ray and some guys holding Rock's family hostage is played partially for laughs, which also indicates how badly the film slips into being just another cardboard action film.

Another gripe I have though, is obviously there are chunks of this film that are missing. I don't know whether it was a studio decision, a McMahon decision, or a decision by director Bray, to cut the film, but the decision was a bad one. At times the film loses what little cohesiveness it has by leaving some scenes unfinished, and jumping inexplicably to others. Go figure.

I suppose there's nothing totally bad about being a formulaic action film, except there is no reason why this film couldn't have been and shouldn't have been so much more. If it had been developed into the same kind of engrossing story that the original was, it wouldn't matter how much they changed it. It was a golden opportunity for The Rock to really shine and strut his stuff, but it is an opportunity now lost. If memory serves me correctly, the original Walking Tall was blasted mercilessly and I think unfairly by some critics. Audiences didn't care though and they flocked to it. This remake has also been blasted by some critics and I won't disagree with them. Unfortunately for The Rock, I don't think the audiences are going to stand in line for this one.

If you want to see more about the original Walking Tall film you must do two things. First, forget that you ever saw Joe Don Baker in Mitchell, and second, get the DVD that is readily available. That's my recommendation, and when I have to recommend another film to people, I have no choice but to give the remake my grade which is a more than generous C-

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