With a friend, he visits a gambling and prostitution establishment, the Lucky Spot, and is beaten up after catching the house cheating at. He is admitted to the hospital after being shot and while still in a neck and face cast, attends his wife's funeral. Joe Don Baker played an excellent role in being a not-so-nice guy bent on cleaning up the scum of his childhood town. Almost like a carbon copy of the original Dirty Harry film the same year with Clint Eastwood mowing down the criminals. The story begins with Buford and his family moving back to his home town in McNairy County. 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.
They light a bonfire as an overwhelmed Pusser wipes tears from his eyes. It is almost always captured on film, but in the area which is not meant to be seen by an audience, as the square film frame is supposed to be matted at top and bottom by the projectionist when shown in a theater, or by the technician when transferring film to video. After getting sliced and diced at a corrupt card table in the local septic tank bar and left for dead on the side of the road Pusser gets angry enough to make a run for sheriff. For starters, that wasn't the beginning of any bottom period for this country. Afterward he rams a sheriff cruiser through the front doors of the Lucky Spot, killing two of his would-be assassins. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. As mentioned in another post, the boom operator must have been someone's kid helping out on the set, as the mic is shown in many of the scenes.
This was not carelessness on the part of the filmmakers, but on the part of whoever put it out on video. At one point, he rips off his shirt and shows the jury his scars. Bo Svenson poor substitute after you have seen Baker as Pusser. After running the corrupt judge into the basement of the local court house Pusser has to stop the moonshining operation run by the mob also. I remember the scene where a corrupt judge tells Pusser that he doesn't know anything about the law. Though the screenplay takes some liberties with Pusser's story, it is an exciting account of one man taking on organized crime and corruption.
Pusser was supposed to play himself in the second Walking Tall film but was tragically killed in a car accident. The audience is able to feel what Pusser must have felt when these events actually happened through Baker's brave performance. The film was directed by. Especially if - as is the case with me - 70ies B-flicks are your cup of tea. Elizabeth Hartman does a fine job in this film as Pusser's loving wife Pauline. I was entertained by the time period of it and the acting. If you like underdog films and the bad guys getting their a's kicked you will love this movie.
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 campaign is contentious against the incumbent sheriff who is killed trying to run Pusser off the road. Remember seeing this film when it first hit the theatres in 1973. Story centers around Pusser returning home after a long sabbatical as a pro wrestler to find corruption running amok. This 1973 movie is based on actual events in the life of Sheriff Buford Pusser of McNairy County, Tennessee during the 1960's. Yes, it was a story based on violence, but the real story is how morally bankrupt one town had become, while still functioning as a little town somewhere in America.
It's very decently made and 95% perfect, just here or there you think, well, they could have tried one more take or something similar. Pusser is betrayed by one of his deputies and is attacked several times. Although it utilized many elements from Pusser's life and the original Walking Tall, many things were changed. She was a fine actress who had an amazing debut in the classic film A Patch Of Blue. The story is ultimately a tragic tale of one man who walked tall and stood up against the forces of corruption.
Yeah, that's what he does and he uses that big stick to clean house very properly. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. It was a sleeper hit that spawned two sequels and a short-lived tv series. Selmer, a small town in southwest Tennessee, served as the authentic background for the bio-pic of the heroic southern Sheriff. Just the first beating of our hero is really tense and was probably only outdone by Mel Gibson's Christ a couple decades later. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. Later, working at his father's lumber mill, Pusser makes a club out of a tree branch.
Based on Pusser's life, it has become a with two of its own, a , a brief and a. On December 9, 1978, aired , with as Buford Pusser. While the Walking Tall franchise will never be on any list of Classic Film, the original is a great slice of Americana, Circa '70s. The next day, Pusser is arrested and represents himself at trial. The bad hair, bad clothes, especially one scene where his wife is wearing this blouse that has about 4 different contrasting patterns on it. Wow, the previous reviewer really had issues with this film! A lot of viewers commented on the social aspects of this, but I took-in all of the surrounding things like the props and scenery.
Joe Don Baker did an admirable job with the role, and the hugely violent film was a surprise hit. Joe Don Baker did an admirable job with the role, and the hugely violent film was a surprise hit. This film does not disappoint. Poor cinematography and film editing the only downer for this film. When I saw Walking Tall in the theater, it did not have visible booms.
You'd see microphone booms in Star Wars if it were transfered to video this way. Pauline is killed and Pusser is seriously injured. The sequel was filmed using Swedish actor Bo Swensen, and a Final Chapter triquel told of Pussers' demise. He complains to the but is ignored, and soon becomes aware of the rampant corruption in. Plenty of action, and the bad guys get mowed down in the end by Pusser. Joe Don Baker gives his best performance in this film as legendary Tennessee lawman Buford Pusser.