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A Real American Hero (1978)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 9 December 1978
Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them... See full summary »

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Lou Antonio

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Mort Briskin (characters) (as Morton Briskin), Samuel A. Peeples
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Buford Pusser
Forrest Tucker ... Carl Pusser
Brian Kerwin ... Til Johnson
Ken Howard ... Danny Boy Mitchell
Sheree North ... Carrie Todd
Lane Bradbury Lane Bradbury ... Debbie Pride
Brad David ... Mick Rodgers
Ed Call Ed Call ... Grady Coker (as Edward Call)
W.O. Smith W.O. Smith ... Obra Eaker
Julie Thrasher Julie Thrasher ... Dwana Pusser
Jason Hood Jason Hood ... Mike Pusser
Ann Street Ann Street ... Grandma Pusser
George Boyd George Boyd ... Lloyd Tatum
Maureen Shannon Maureen Shannon ... Amelia Biggins (as Maureen Burns)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Miles Conway
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Storyline

Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them he uses other old laws that aren't relevant today. Is he ready to face opposition, or will there be any? Written by George Britt <georgebritt@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Stick See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Call who plays Grady Cole in A Real American Hero, plays Buford Pussers high school friend in the original Walking Tall (1973). See more »

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[opening narration]
Buford Pusser: The wrong kind of people have had their say for too long and I want to remind them that somewhere in this world there is a little law and order left - to let them know in the only way their kind understands, that they can't bribe or threaten their way and they will damn well pay pay dearly for every crime they commit.
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Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Don Williams
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Buford's guide to law and order
17 August 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Tame TV version of the "Walking Tall" Sheriff with the name you don't forget - Buford Pusser - played by renowned tough guy Brian Dennehy in one of his first screen appearances. Dennehy finds himself on his last warning after unlawfully conducting a search of a local disco in which he believes illegally distilled liquor is being sold. Told to shape up or ship out by the local magistrate, Dennehy elects to become the law's most abiding exponent, and enforcer, penalising anyone for the most trivial and often antiquated infringement to make his point and mete out a unique brand of justice by a thousand cuts.

Dennehy is okay as the one-man band, essentially no different to most of his characterisations, Ken Howard also watchable as the smarmy local bootlegger who finds himself the target of Dennehy's vendetta. Most notable amongst the cast is the sultry Sheree North, who had a string of memorable roles in her later career, here playing a former prostitute who served time for murdering her pimp. Dennehy takes on her cause as she struggles to re-adjust, shunned by the local ladies' club who treat her as persona non-grata.

Low key TV drama is light on violence (nothing more than a bit of fisticuffs, intimidation and jukebox smashing), but heavy on the noble causes proffering the justice to those who deserve it, and comeuppance for those don't approach to law enforcement. If you like that sort of thing, or have some regard for the minor cult hero Buford Pusser, then "Real American Hero" could be worth the watch.


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