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Walking Tall (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime | 2 April 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheriff Stan Watkins
... Ray Templeton
... Chris Vaughn (as The Rock)
... Jay Hamilton
... Deni
... Chris Vaughn Sr.
... Connie Vaughn
... Michelle Vaughn
... Pete Vaughn
... Booth
... Jimmy
... Keith
... Rusty
... Deputy Ralston
... Travis
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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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One man will stand up for what's right.

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Action | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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2 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con la frente en alto  »

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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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Trivia

Dwayne Johnson's stunt double in this movie was his cousin Tanoai Reed. See more »

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When Deni and Chris are in the police station shoot out, Deni continues to shoot when the gun is out of ammo and the gun makes a clicking sound and the slide is closed. The gun is a Glock and the slide opens and stays open when the last shot is fired for easy reload, and when the slide is open you can no longer pull the trigger to make a clicking sound. See more »

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Sheriff Stan Watkins: Hey, Chris. Good to see you up and about. You're looking spiffy.
Chris Vaughn: I'm here to press charges.
Sheriff Stan Watkins: Oh, this is about that incident at the casino a while back, huh?
Chris Vaughn: Yeah, it is.
Sheriff Stan Watkins: Because that matter's closed.
Sheriff Stan Watkins: I mean, you're lucky you weren't brought in on charges. I mean...
Chris Vaughn: Did you even look into it?
Sheriff Stan Watkins: They did an internal investigation. Uhmm, yeah. That's good enough for me.
Chris Vaughn: An *internal investigation*?
Sheriff Stan Watkins: Chris, I know you're familiar with the term no-fly zone. Because that's what the casino is. Since the ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits begin with a dedication to Buford Pusser, who the story is based on. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.195 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Higher Ground
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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When a Man Makes the Difference
26 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

After eight years serving the U.S. Army Special Forces, Sergeant Chris Vaughn (The Rock) returns to his hometown seeking for a job in the local mill. He is informed by Sheriff Stan Watkins (Michael Bowen) that the mill was closed six months ago and now the Wild Cherry Casino, owned by his former high school friend Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), is the major source of jobs and income to the town. Chris goes home, and meets his best-friend Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), 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 stick-man is cheating with the dices, he fights against the security men and is almost killed by them. When his nephew Pete (Khleo Thomas) has an OD with amphetamines sold by the security men of 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 and to the population that if he is considered non-guilty, he would be candidate to the sheriff position and clean the town. Later, Sheriff Chris Vaughn has to fight against the organized crime to keep his promise.

"Walking Tall" is a non-stop action movie, with The Rock playing a character inspired on the legendary McNairy County Sheriff Bruford Hayser Pusser. I had never heard, read or seen anything about the life of this brave man, but there are lots of references about his heroic fight against crime and tragic fate of his family, inclusive a 1973 movie also called "Walking Tall" based on his biography that I believe has not been released in Brazil. I liked a lot this 2004 fictional film, with the charismatic The Rock excellent in the role of a honest man that makes the difference in a corrupt town. Johnny Knoxville is hilarious, as usual, and this movie is a great entertainment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Com as Próprias Mãos" ("With the Own Hands")


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