Walking Tall
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A runaway box-office hit to the tune of 17 million dollars, Walking Tall is the unabashedly manipulative story of real-life Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser. As played by Joe Don Baker, Pusser can either be regarded as a tireless champion of justice or a baseball-bat-wielding hooligan. But with some of the most scurrilous villains this side of a Republic serial as the main targets of Pusser's wrath, the audience cannot help but applaud the sheriff's strongarm methods. When the town baddies seek vengeance by killing Pusser's wife (Elizabeth Hartman), the you-know-what really hits the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"its broad strokes leave no room for anything so pussified or liberal as a moral compass"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A hopelessly melodramatic revenge fantasy."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"... the film was a sensation, becoming a big hit and spawning a whole industry of southern-fried vigilante lawman action pictures."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"A macho 1970s classic"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A new, and arguably improved, Walking Tall, starring pro wrestler-turned-actor, The Rock."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Overbearing, immensely popular pro-vigilante drama."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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