Walking Tall (1973, USA) C-124m. ** D: Phil Karlson. Starring Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Gene Evan, Noah Beery Jr., Brenda Benet, John Brascia, Bruce Glover. Second-rate action drama based on the life of Buford Pusser (played by Baker), who returns to his hometown trying to live in peace with his family and finds it a pool of crime and corruption. Armed with a wooden club the giant sorts things out violently. Might have become an American classic if it wasn't overlong, manipulative and not very engrossing. Followed by two sequels and a TV series. Remade for TV in 1978 and for cinemas in 2004.


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