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Walking Tall (2004)

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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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Kevin Bray

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Mort Briskin (earlier screenplay), David Klass (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

One man will stand up for what's right. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con la frente en alto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$56,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,501,114, 4 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,860,039, 30 May 2004
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is Ashley Scott's first movie in which she stars alongside a WWE wrestler turned actor, the actor being Dwayne Johnson. She later starred with John Cena in 12 Rounds (2009). John Cena and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have had many rivalries between each other in the wrestling world. See more »

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As Chris and Jay are fighting, Jay has an ax that he is attempting to hit Chris with. Chris tackles Jay and they tumble down a hill. As they are tumbling, the ax disappears for one sequence. When they stop rolling, the ax reappears in Jay's hand. See more »

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Chris Vaughn: [after knocking Hamilton out in the woods] This is my town. You're under arrest.
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Opening statement: Inspired By A True Story See more »

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Midnight Rider
Written by Gregg Allman and Robert Payne (as Robert Kim Payne)
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Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Walking Tall A Decent Remake With Some Flaws
22 June 2009 | by tburke85See all my reviews

Walking Tall is a decent remake with some flaws from director Ken Bray whose admirable in making this movie but a short running time, some over the top action, and the lack of a more central villain is what weighed it down. Walking Tall however isn't that bad and it's one of the better remakes out there. Dwayne Johnson is solid as the lead and proves to be a talented actor while bringing some of his wresting experience to the movie during the action/fight sequences. Johnson turns in a good performance of a man who returns home to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which drives him to become sheriff in order to put an end to it. The rest of the cast including Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough, and Ashley Scott are okay in their roles but (except for maybe Knoxville) they're not given much to do. The movie felt short and rushed with an 86 minute running time. Some of the fight sequences especially the one near the end between Johnson and McDonough go over the top. Johnson's performance however and the action sequences make this movie worth seeing at least once. Overall despite its flaws Walking Tall is decent remake one of the better ones with intense action, fist fights, some humor, and good performances by the cast.


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