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


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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9 December 1978 (USA)  »

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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 »


[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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Walking Tall
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Don Williams
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The Adventures of Buford Pusser.
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

A Real American Hero. Is a fictional account of Buford Pusser's life. The story is there are some deaths that have occurred in McNairy County. The evidence and witnesses point to a former friend of Buford's. Now a local mobster he opposes Buford at every turn using the town's by laws against him. Buford turns the tables on him by using the same trick. Butthe mobster is still selling his poisoned moonshine. Then an old friend of Buford's comes home a former Hooker who was Buford's informant against the state line mob. She's come home to find a respectable life but the townspeople hold her former life against her. and Buford decides to help her by making her respectable. He finds a good job for her and slowly wins the town over. Meanwhile Buford's war with his old friend heads towards a tragic ending as Buford and his friend are forced to fight to the bitter end.

I see A Real American Hero as a love Letter to Buford Pusser.. The film is in step with the legend of Buford Pusser. and it keeps in character the way Buford was. A Highly enjoyable made for TV movie. Brian Dennehy is the perfect choice for Buford Pusser. and my favourite actor to play Buford after Joe Don Baker. Worth watching and highly recommended.

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