Walking Tall

Director: Phil Karlson

Actors: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Noah Beery Jr., Lurene Tuttle, Ed Call, Dominick Mazzie, Lynn Borden, Brenda Benet, Arch Johnson, Russell Thorson, Gil Perkins, Carey Loftin, Warner Venetz

Production: Bing Crosby Productions

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Country: USA

Release Year: 1973

Duration: 125 min

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Synopsis: A surprise hit when it premiered, Walking Tall carried the theme of one man standing up for his sense of right and wrong. Selmer, a small town in southwest Tennessee, served as the authentic background for the bio-pic of the heroic southern Sheriff. Joe Don Baker did an admirable job with the role, and the hugely violent film was a surprise hit. Former Sheriff Pusser himself was set to potray himself in the sequel, but he died in a car crash as he as returning from his contract signing in California. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. While the Walking Tall franchise will never be on any list of Classic Film, the original is a great slice of Americana, Circa ྂs. It made Bakers' career and perhaps kicked the 'southsploutation' genre of that decade into gear.

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