Walking Tall


2h 5m 1973

Brief Synopsis

Buford Pusser is a tough, Tennessee sheriff, determined to clean up gambling, moonshine whiskey, and prostitution in his town, and is known for using a big stick to smash things up when necessary. Eventually, the criminals in the town form an alliance against Pusser in an effort to take back the town, beating him up and murdering his wife. Now Buford Pusser is really mad...

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Crime
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
Vestron Video
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Buford Pusser is a tough, Tennessee sheriff, determined to clean up gambling, moonshine whiskey, and prostitution in his town, and is known for using a big stick to smash things up when necessary. Eventually, the criminals in the town form an alliance against Pusser in an effort to take back the town, beating him up and murdering his wife. Now Buford Pusser is really mad...

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Crime
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
Vestron Video
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Quotes

A man just doesn't know how many friends he's got 'til he's flat on his back.
- Buford
Or how many people are glad that he is.
- Grady
How does it feel to be part of the oppressed minority?
- Obra
Hey, Buford - How'd ya like a nice plush job as my deputy? No presence required, JUST BRUTE ANIMAL FORCE!
- Thurman
It's not the fine that's important. It's the principal of the thing. You got public respect, Obra.
- Buford
Come over to my house tonight with public respect and watch the bonfire.
- Obra
You got a warrent?
- Callie
Yeah, I keep it in my shoe!
- Buford
(To Buford) Ya know, ideals and realties are very far apart. One day you're gonna see that son. And if ya don't, someone's gonna point it out to you... CLEARLY!
- John Witter

Trivia

Two actresses associated with this film went on to commit suicide: Elizabeth Hartman jumped from the 5th floor of a Pittsburgh apartment building in June 1987; Brenda Benet took her life in April 1982. She had been married to Bill Bixby.

Many residents of Mcnairy county were upset and turned their back on Sheriff Buford Pusser when the movie was shot in neighboring Chester county, shutting them out of the money being spent by the production. Pusser subsequently lost re-election for Sheriff.

Cameo(Carey Loftin): the gambler that Buford Pusser catches cheating.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video March 15, 1989

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1973

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1973

Released in United States on Video March 15, 1989