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Final Chapter: Walking Tall (1977)

Buford Pusser's last days as Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee in 1970 and his subsequent death in 1974.

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Jack Starrett

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Buford
Lurene Tuttle ... Grandma
Forrest Tucker ... Carl
Leif Garrett ... Mike
Dawn Lyn ... Dwana
Simpson Hemphill Simpson Hemphill ... Brownard
Sandy McPeak ... Lloyd Tatum
Logan Ramsey ... John Witter
Morgan Woodward ... The Boss
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... O.Q. Teal
Bruce Glover ... Grady Coker
David Adams David Adams ... Robbie
Michael Allen Honaker Michael Allen Honaker ... Udell Teal
Vance Davis ... Aaron
Libby Boone Libby Boone ... Joan
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This is the story of Buford Pusser's final days, not only of his life but also as Sheriff. It seems that times are changing and the people of Pusser's town, who once adored him are now fearing him and feel like it's time to make a change. And there are also some officials who feel the same way and are using every means to get rid of Pusser. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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While the courts free the guilty...Buford Pusser protects the innocent. And there is only one way to stop him. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walking Tall: The Final Chapter See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison County, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Cables used to "knock" the barn down can be seen to the left. See more »

Quotes

Robbie Teal: Are you going to send me to jail, Sheriff?
Buford Pusser: No son, I'm not
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Follows Walking Tall (1973) See more »

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A Great Finsh To The Pusser Story
24 February 2007 | by garyldibertSee all my reviews

TITLE: Walking Tall Final Chapter was release on August 8, 1977 and it was 112 minutes long. Bo Svenson, Lurene Tuttle, and Forrest Tucker. Walking tall: final chapter is the third installment of the Walking Tall film series. The film was directed by Jack Starrett. The film opened in the US on May 31, 1977. The on-screen title of the movie is "Final Chapter Walking Tall." Bo Svenson, Lurene Tuttle, and Forrest Tucker. Walking Tall: Final Chapter is the third installment of the Walking Tall film series.

SUMMARY: The movie begins with Buford (Bo Svenson) remembering the ambush that killed his wife. One year has passed, and Buford still has a hard time dealing with it. He goes to his wife's grave and breaks down, telling her that if he had listened to her about not being sheriff, she would still be alive. Buford then goes to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wanting to know why John Witter (Logan Ramsey) (who ordered the ambush) is not in jail. Buford is told that there is nothing that can be done since they have no case against him. Pinky Dobson is paralyzed and his girlfriend retracted her statement implicating Witter. Buford then goes to see his friend, attorney Lloyd Tatum (Sandy McPeak) and asks if this is the case. Lloyd tells Buford that it's just the way the law reads, and he will have to be patient and let the TBI do their job. John Witter is now in New York, and tells his boss (Morgan Woodward) that he will settle things with Buford finally. The boss tells Witter that he should face the fact that Pusser beat him, and let it be at that. There isn't any prostitution, stills or gambling left in McNairy County, and the boss doesn't want back in. Witter is told that due to his mistakes, he must cede 25% of his territory, which Witter says he doesn't have to accept, but the boss tells him he will. Meanwhile Buford and Grady (Bruce Glover) are staking out a still being run by O.Q. Teal (Clay Tanner) and his brother Udell (Michael Allen Honacker). Buford witnesses O.Q. beating his son Robby (David Adams), and intervenes. He takes Robby to the car and tells Grady to entertain him while he deals with O.Q. Buford orders O.Q. to drop his trousers and proceeds to give him the same kind of beating he gave his son. They then depart, blasting the still as they leave. Buford takes Robby to a foster home, and returns to the office to find a telephone message from Luan Paxton (Margaret Blye) a prostitute who helped Buford get rid of the state line gang. Buford arrives at the motel and upon seeing Luan, asks her if she is still hooking. He is surprised when she tells him that she is on her way to the gulf coast and works in real estate. Buford arrives at home and his dad, Carl (Forrest Tucker) tells him that his tax situation is bad due to all the expenditures he incurred while sheriff. Buford says he will ask the county for a raise after reelection. Carl asks Buford if he really wants to remain sheriff despite all the pain it has caused, and Buford says it's the only thing he knows how to do. Buford arrives at his office the next morning to find O.J. Teal's lawyer, French (Taylor Lacher) waiting. French shows Buford the pictures taken of O.Q. after the beating that Buford inflicted on him. French wants Buford to drop the charges against O.Q. and in return he will not file police brutality charges. Buford declines to which French reminds him that the office of sheriff is up for election soon. Buford has a meeting with Sheriff Clegg (Lecile Harris) from Hardin County. Sheriff Clegg wants Buford to check out a new club called the 3 Deuces. The club is in an area that no county claims, and Buford is reluctant to involve him, since he will be up for reelection soon, but reluctantly agrees. As they are talking, some boys steal Bufords car and go for a joy ride. Buford and Sheriff Clegg give chase, and finally catch them. Buford takes them into custody, handcuffs them to each other, and has them clean up the courthouse lawn. French sees this, and confronts Buford about their civil rights. Buford says that the alternative, detention hall and a police record would be a lot worse. One of the witnesses watching the boys at the courthouse places a phone call to John Witter filling him in on everything that happened. Witter believes he can use this against Pusser on Election Day. Pusser goes to the 3 Deuces bar, and is surprised to see Luan there. Angry that she is still a prostitute, he offers her money, which Bulow (H.B. Haggerty) the bar manager sees. After Buford leaves, Bulow confronts Luan, and tortures her.

QUESTIONS: Why did Buford run for reelection? Did Buford really think he was going to win? On the other hand, Buford run for reelection because he didn't know how to do anything else? Why are Buford parent's beginning to worry? Why was Buford fixing up old cars and then selling them? What happen to Buford's car? Were there any witness? Why did Buford visit his wife's grave? Why did Dwana show up at here's mom grave? Who contacts Buford about a story? Why is Buford reluctant to sign a contract? Why did Buford seek help from Lloyd?

MY THOUGHTS: I give this movie 8 weasel stars because of the suspense that keeps watching the picture and the action.


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